More locked down stories…not all doom and gloom

I am glad to say I am getting tales of what is happening under lockdown conditions from a number of sources….thank you my friends, good friends of Pakati! Please do keep those stories coming…👍

First up is Nickson Dzimauta, whose family home is close to Pakati schools…computer games are his way of staying sane.

“During this lockdown period Fifa19 become my daily bread. I started from Division2 (amateur) level then through all league levels, Division 1, friendly matches, Premier League, Champions League up to elite. I managed to complete all levels. Due to this game, the boredom of lockdown never be on my side..”

Next up is….the Author. As a UK Civil Servant, I am considered to be a key worker but cannot work from home as it stands, so I go to work every day. Here is the message we are getting, taken as I walked to work recently.

My friend, and good friend of Pakati Bothwell Riside, is as reported in earlier blog posts working in South East Asia as a teacher. He tells me that due to lockdown policies locally he is now teaching online rather than the classroom setting seen below a link to a short video of his online work.

When I first worked in Zimbabwe, the Head of Pakati Secondary school was called Mr Samakomva, pictured here in the suit & tie slightly in the background, while overseeing the construction of a fence in 1990

Well I have had contact with some of his family, although he himself is now late. His great granddaughter – Charntigne Samakomva – tells me she is currently under lockdown in Musami (about 15km from Pakati by road), staying with her grandpatents. Here is her brief story:

“My day goes like this. I wake up around 6am to go to the field to harvest with my grandparents. I then come back home and take a bath and we have our breakfast. Yesterday I then decided to take a walk to St Paul’s Musami Mission, about 15 minutes walk away. Generally people are staying in doors as per the Zimbabwe government instruction. I then came home and had my lunch, then rested until l prepared supper for us all.”

Charntigne Samakomva at St Pauls Mission, Musami, yesterday (Good Friday)

Here in the UK it is difficult to get hold of some items still in the local supermarkets… is the empty shelf where we would normally find flour for baking

On the other hand, home baking does have its upside…

Looking after younger family members seems to be the done thing across the world. Here is Mrs Pindura, Deputy Head of Pakati Secondary school, looking after her neice at her home in Harare

It is strange to see normally busy places being so empty…and it seems this is likely to continue to be the case for some weeks to come…

First Street, Harare…unusually quiet these days

Stay safe everyone….please👍🏽


My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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