Adventures in the field: at the beaches of Binga!

Taruvinga Magwiroto That year in Hurungwe still stands out as the most significant in my career. If anything, it confirmed that at least I was no slouch in terms of professional skills and knowledge. That was the basis of my authority anyway: strip that away, I was nothing really. So I was happy with my level, and had seen and done enough to be self-satisfied … Continue reading Adventures in the field: at the beaches of Binga!

Back to the future: memories of my Uncle

Taruvinga Magwiroto Time: 10.45am   Place: Reading, UK I have been sitting still at my desk for hours, looking outside my window at the little green square blurred by the light driving rain. I have been thinking about Babamukuru, my uncle who recently died back in Vurile Village, the place that- for a long time-I called home. He is dead, our dear Babamukuru. But in … Continue reading Back to the future: memories of my Uncle

To all stock owners: rabies alert!

Taruvinga Magwiroto I love dogs… up to a point. My caution with them perhaps comes from being brought up in an apostolic sect family that considered dogs to be “unholy”. But maybe my discomfort with them stems from that, and something else. Well, love them or not, I have had encounters with dogs over the years that has not made me change my mind. But … Continue reading To all stock owners: rabies alert!

Love, interrupted…!!!

Near my office, a couple of hundred metres away, was located a cotton company collecting depot. They bought cotton from the neighbouring areas and stored it temporarily at the depot, pending onward marketing. Quite a number of people worked there, mostly guarding the premises and sorting the bales. I saw them quite a lot as they passed along the road by my office on their … Continue reading Love, interrupted…!!!

Serving the Magunje community: hits and misses!

I remember that time as vividly as if it was yesterday. At around the same time I started working in the Magunje area, another young man joined us as a livestock extension worker. The Livestock Production Department (LPD) was a newly set-up department whose mandate eluded me then, and still eludes me today. It was supposed to service a niche between the agronomic extension system … Continue reading Serving the Magunje community: hits and misses!

Go Ye Thee (Or The Great Dilemma)

After 4 months of lodging at the District office, I was finally pissed off. For one, I couldn’t sleep in, no matter how much I loved to! For another, all my fellow workers had now been assigned their own work stations in the rural areas, and they all strutted around like peacocks, reveling in their new statuses as “officers”, “authorised persons” or even veterinary “doctors”! … Continue reading Go Ye Thee (Or The Great Dilemma)