The austerity measures introduced by Mthuli was a T.K.O to me as a teacher. My salary that was pegged above usd$500 was reduced to less than usd$75. I have been reduced to a beggar. Time and again I spread the begging bowel, the Oliver Twist style asking for more from peasant farmers and other privileged relatives. My salary now tallies that of a herdboy in the countryside before the Mthuli era thus pre the so called New Dispensation. Mthuli introduced a New Desparation for workers and the people of Zimbabwe.
Health and education have become a luxury due to Mthuli’s austerity measures. The salary cannot meet basic medications marked in USD. The green back is demanded to procure medications. It’s so embarrassing as a teacher to have school fees arrears for my children at a local government school.
I am now a social misfit. I no longer participate in community contributions, social affiliations and I cannot afford transport fares without bargaining for lesser charges. Conjugal rights are being deprived due to sleepless nights wondering what tomorrow will bring. My diet have dramatically deteriorated because of the austerity measures. It seems l have turned a blind eye to my terminally ill parents. I am no longer able to visit them or buy them medications not mentioning food stuffs.
My lesson delivery have been negatively affected due to stomach politics. Teaching is not a routine work but is artistic hence delivery is impaired with low morale and hunger. My dressing have deteriorated for i have lost weight. I no longer fit in clothing purchased before the austerity measures. Clothes replacement is a dream never to be lived under this austerity era. Teaching in torn clothes erase the role model figure l am supposed to represent to learners.
I have risked entering into dreaded gold zones for survival. Hustling with the popular MaShurungwi is never a safe way of life given the options. My professional conduct have been contaminated with the language and artisan miners culture. Had it not been the austerity measures l should have been 100% in the teaching professional.
Mthuli’s Austerity measures have resulted in low income, poor health, poor education, categorised me as a social misfit and poor service deliverer. Restoration of the necessities demands the elimination of the Knight (Mthuli) to save the Pawns(workers).
Dreadbee, ARTUZ Mashonaland West