Week 4, Alternative History (Rumbi Mupindu)



 I am aware the pictures I have used for the video are not the greated, but I found it extremely hard to find content of a place which I currently can not get to and no longer have family there nor is it the town in a place where pictures or videos are easy to locate.

Chegutu is located in the central Zimbabwe, about 75 miles from Harare the capital city of Zimbabwe. Before 1982 Chegutu was known as Hartley , named after Henry Hartley an early hunter and explorer. White settlers flocked to the area looking for gold and chrome. In 1982 after independence the towns name was officially changed to Chegutu. From 1981-1985 the first black Mayor was elected Bizek Mapuranga, my grandfather, my mothers father. Chegutu was once the service centre for a large farming district including maize, tobacco, castor beans , cattle . Making it Zimbabwe’s largest textile weaving mill for cotton is located there and extensive limestone deposits are nearby.

With the poor management of resources and funds after Zimbabwe independence most of the mines and industries are now closed. In regards to the White civilisation, controlling a country using democracy and order looked to be more efficient and effective in terms of progression and stability of the country than under the rule of Mugabe, which saw the country spiral into unemployment, and a decline of progression. This spiral of unemployment and decline took affect to not Chegutu alone but multiple other cities, adding to the migration numbers in the UK. Like many other families my mum came to England to escape what was going towards poverty. Immigration in the UK is something that has shaped the country to what it is today. ‘when there are other pressures, people like to live in a comfort zone which is defined by racial sameness’ (Ahmed, 2007: 122) Zimbabwean migrating to this country is still within its first generation, by that I mean anyone born before the year 2000 would have been born in Zimbabwe but eventually the development in globalisation will leave Zimbabweans being transformed away from their nationality and into Britain’s. Something Mugabe has seen and being a dictator he has now made it harder for Zimbabweans to leave the country in search for a better life, which is devastating because is places like Chegutu there is no water flow in taps anymore. ‘Chegutu have gone for over five years without running tap water owing to the town’s obsolete reticulation system’ (Newsday, 2014)


Ahmed, S. (2007) ‘Multiculturalism and the Promise of Happiness’, New Formations 63: 121–37

Newsday.co.zw. (2014) ‘ Chegutu water woes happiness. [ONLINE] Available at https://www.newsday.co.zw/2014/11/17/chegutu-water-woes-persist/ [Accessed 24 Nov 2014]





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