"There’s this small sculpture on my desk. I found it lying in the dust near a once thriving artists market in Harare. It’s a soap stone carving of a woman’s body, gorgeously curvaceous. It feels amazing, a mixture between really, really smooth with rough patches that tickle my palms. Its got lots of scrapes and scratches on it because its one of the “victims” of Operation Murambatsvina the mass eviction campaign spearheaded by the Mugabe regime which left over 700 000 Zimbabweans homeless last year. And in fact, many Zimbabweans remain homeless today because Mugabe’s promises of new and better housing was just revolting rhetoric.Fighter planes (4 of them) have been buzzing Harare skies lately. I don’t think that they’re practicing for any national event or anything. The air force is simply putting their new purchases from China through their paces."