I moved away from Zimbabwe almost 15 years ago. In the early years I inhaled all the news I could; watching in shock as my home country descended into crisis. Each visit home and conversations with friends and family became about what used to be, and with that came a resignation of sorts to the status quo as we carried on with our lives.
As Zimbabweans go to the polls in already controversial presidential and parliamentary elections on July 31, I write this with mixed emotions. I’m keenly aware of my position as a quasi-outsider, and feel unqualified to speak on happenings on the ground – I am not there, plus I have no desire to add to the general din of opinions and usual portrayals of Zimbabwe as a lost cause.