Zimbabweans have taken to Twitter to respond to ruling Zanu PF party politician Psychology Maziwisa’s claim that the government has surpassed the number of jobs it promised during the 2013 election campaign period. What has kept the topic alive on social media is the inherent humour that Zimbabweans adopt when dealing with what generally could be described as serious issues.
Zimbabweans have been rebutting with sly humour a claim by a prominent Zanu-PF MP that even washing clothes is a job that his party created in line with election promises in 2013.
Psychology Maziwisa, who is also the ruling party’s deputy director of information, told a young people’s forum late last week that the word “job” is open to interpretation.
‘A job to wash my clothes’
“When you define what a job is it includes casual jobs,” Maziwisa says in a video clip of the meeting posted by local website Pindula News.
“So for example you can use the word job in the sentence as follows: ‘I gave him a job to wash my clothes.’ And that sentence is grammatically correct,” Maziwisa said amid howls of laughter from other participants.
But Maziwisa appeared unperturbed and insisted the ruling party had created more than three million new jobs in both the formal and informal sectors.
After brief reflection, Zimbabweans took to Twitter to portray the irony of the politician’s words. Using the hashtag, #JobsZanuCreated, the posts reflect the many “jobs” that Zimbabweans do to survive.
Other “jobs” the party has created are distinctively Zimbabwean. “Border jumpers,” suggested @Gabbz_Gabriel, in reference to those who make the hazardous journey across the Limpopo to escape the country’s economic privations. “Spikes-Welder,” suggested Mathews Dera, a nod to those in darkened workshops who knock up the dangerous metal contraptions used by traffic police to stop minibuses from escaping their numerous checkpoints.
‘Hood Robin – steals from the poor’
Other tweets suggested that the ruling party has made life in Zimbabwe good for some. “Hood Robin… steals from the poor gives to the rich #JobsZanuCreated,” said @Mr_SuitUp. Said @unityfreedom: “Chief Operations Officer for Air Zimbabwe.” That’s a reference to the plumb job President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law Simba Chikore got at the national airline last October.
Mugabe and Zanu-PF promised Zimbabweans 2.2 million jobs ahead of their election win in 2013. Last month Mugabe encouraged youths to “keep chickens, grow mushrooms and keep quails” instead of complaining about unemployment.
Zanu-PF didn't promise 2.3 million formal jobs, we promised 2.3 million formal & informal jobs & we've created over 3 million jobs -Maziwisa pic.twitter.com/uiX8CXSb43
— Povozim (@povozim) July 15, 2017
See some tweets below: