THIS game continues to excite the Villager. The high concentration levels that are required in this game are something The Villager has mastered. The concentration levels ascend as the game reaches its climax.

In a game of snooker only two balls are left on the green table - the “Black ball” and the “White ball”.

It is unfortunate that when the game reaches this end level, the Black ball doesn’t have any say whatsoever on the proceedings. It will wait to be directed by the White ball, which has since acquired the name, “the special ball”.

But why the White ball only? Why is it that only the White ball must remain on the table? What is so superior with this ball? And what is so inferior with the Black ball? Why is it that the White ball continues to abuse the Black ball each and every time? And why does the Black ball allow itself to be abused by the White ball?

Players of the game of snooker will tell you that this is the set rules that guides them. This set of rules cannot be changed by villagers. It can only be changed by the owners of the game who are based somewhere in the West, despite the game being played on the villagers’ “black continent”. This set of rules does not seem to benefit the villagers but rather the minority.

It is common knowledge that our laws in the Land of the Brave seek to accommodate the minority. Maybe, this is because they claim to have brought civilisation to Africa, or maybe because they have succeeded in explaining the meaning of the Bible to us.

They have told villagers that what we believe in doesn’t tally with what the Holy Book says. Why do they continue setting up standards for us 20 years after independence? Why is it that they still own the best properties, houses, cars, lands, and etc? Why is it that the mechanisms villagers have put in place as owners of the land short in addressing the imbalances’ that have led to the waging of a bitter struggle?

Yes, villagers have won the political war, but seem to struggle to win the economic war. But why, when villagers are the ones in the driving seat?

Why do villagers continue to write on the black paper with black ink? Why does it have to take long to realise that villagers are now on the same footing with the visitors? Yes, villagers have extended a hand of reconciliation to the visitors but they have not repossessed what was taken away from them.

Villagers have even inherited the colonial laws that prohibit them to claim what is rightfully theirs. The land and other resources left by ancestors together with the rich cultural diversity and above all, identity. They have guided us in our struggle for independence and they have given us a forgiving heart (hand of reconciliation). Unless otherwise interpreted differently, and The Villager needs to be corrected.

Villagers’ often soft heart has become their worst enemy. Now semi-gods exist in the village. Villagers look down upon themselves and don’t believe that as a people they can do anything better than the minority. We continue trading our souls for cash. The same cash that is being used to take away the few possessions our ancestors managed to hold onto during the colonial era.

“Willing buyer, willing seller” they say. But what the Villager has realised is that the buyer is willing to buy, but the seller is not willing to sell.

To window-dress the whole issue, the asking price is just too high for the previously disadvantaged. Where then can The Villager get the money to repossess what is rightfully his? Banks, loans, collateral, security, title deeds, bank account and so on. Even if one is lucky to be in possession of these, then the issue of interest rates comes into play. The rates will be much higher that what the minority are charged. You ask them the reason and they tell you there is a risk component attached.

How can a villager be viewed as a ‘risky element’ on what is supposed to be his or hers? Why should it be obtained at any cost? Maybe somebody can explain it better, because The Villager continues getting confused by the meaning of “hand of reconciliation” and the so-called “rule of law”. Hehehe...Rule of law, it seems it came into existence on 21 March 1990.

The Black ball is the only one that can re-map the road to total independence (politically and economically). The Black ball can even demand to be the White ball in this game. The Black ball has already shown its strength, first by leading villagers into a bitter struggle for independence and villagers remained confident, loyal to the Black ball even after independence because the Black ball represents the interests of the masses.

Yes, villagers and visitors should co-exist but surely these mathematical equations must balance. “Our” institutions should value us equally while addressing villagers’ plight. The institutions must enable villagers to fight poverty, and give them wings to fly much higher now. After all villagers are brave people although their hearts are “soft”.

Will our leaders stop writing with black ink on black paper? Will our leaders start writing on white paper with black ink? Only then will villagers be able to co-exist with the visitors. There is no unity when others enjoy an unfair advantage. Put enough pressure into that ball, so that it can be enjoyed by everyone. Yes everyone; from the players, spectators, referees (including the linesmen) and the grounds men. PF

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