Uhuru is yet to come to Buhera.

Chicken Inn, Pepsi soft drinks and mineral water, that are all the gains of independence the people of Buhera and Manicaland have to benefit after 44 years of independence from British rule.

Villagers have to travel more than 200kms from as far as Birchenough Bridge, Gutu and Bocha using bumpy dust roads to witness a well choreographed event that depicted Independence Celebrations.

Independence, is there anything Independence to celebrate about? This unanswered question remain lingering in the minds of many rational sundry who have been somehow cajoled to attend the greatest fraudulent celebrations in the eastern province.

Whilst most of the elites flew to the venue, where almost everything ranching from tents, chairs, podium and including the elites themselves wore an exotic appearance in a usually low life growthpoint.

Murambinda ‘Town’ have no manufacturing industry to manufacture the calibre of furniture for the presidium and even the purified water was to be imported from as far as Mutare.

The red carpet and the microphones have to be transported from the capital city, Harare.

The usually erratic electricity could have been imported for the grand occasion. It is suffice to state that Buhera is one of the hottest district in the country and the Solar energy is going for waste as there is no solar plant to harvest it for electricity.

Murambinda was elevated to a town status few years back but a Buhera Rural Council still run business as there is nothing townish about the township where the Uhuru celebrations took place.

Development seems to be elusive to Buhera District no matter the active activities of the executive in the region.

It might be Lithium which they are day and nightly excavating without any consolation to the Buherians that promote this hyperactive as a way to cast an eye to their mine business.

Moravanyati dam, a mere body of water heavily underutilised is the purported development from the second Republic to the people of Buhera.

Develotution and decentralisation besides being a paper policy, the master crafters thereof have to overcrowd the small growthpoint purportedly in a show of decentralisation of national events.

Few kilometres down south of Murambinda lies Dzapasi, one of the largest demobilisation centre in 1979. Despite it’s historical importance to Zimbabwe, the place is suffering from derelict. It might have been the tourist centre hub for Buhera besides Birchenough Bridge but no one seem to be concerned.

After 18 April besides nourishing memories, what else do the Buherians benefit from the extravaganza?

People in Murambinda are left with memories of the bass guitar rhythm of Alick Macheso which they will whistle away whilst moulding bricks, their daily livelihoods.

Dynamos’ win over Higlanders Football Club will be talked just but for a week as the poor Buhera men wait for food provision from World Vision and Christian Care.

Normalcy have since returned as the artificial setup was dismantled and the protagonist of independence has been escorted back to his ‘shrine’ living the poor of Buhera with a glimpse of what it means to be independent, ‘a bite on chicken fries, a munch on potato chips, a sip on acidic pepsi accompanied with distilled water’.

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