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with Precious Shumba, Harare Residents' Trust
July 08, 2011
Full interview with Precious Shumba - Read
yourself in five words?
I'm an honest and controversial person.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
That I need to stay out of trouble.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
I've done a lot of very silly things, but I guess one was
to go out with a woman who was six years older than me. I enjoyed
is your most treasured possession?
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be without friends is something that I consider to be the lowest,
not knowing where you'll get your next meal, not having clothes.
have any strange hobbies?
Sometimes I want to be alone and do nothing.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
I like the way I look.
is your greatest extravagance?
I love action, investigative books.
have you got in your fridge?
Water and beef.
is your greatest fear?
I fear losing what I treasure most, my faith. I'm also afraid
of losing myself in trivial issues.
have you got in your pockets right now?
My flash stick.
is your favourite journey?
My journey toward becoming a journalist. I had always wanted to
know and understand how or why things happen. It started a long
time ago while I was still in school and I would write a few lines
about what I had observed about people or my surroundings. After
school I asked myself what I wanted to do, and I realised the only
thing that would satisfy me would be to train as a journalist. I
started working as a journalist without any qualifications. In my
career I worked for Sandawana News and the Manica Post and was trained
by the editors I worked under. It has been exciting. I only got
my qualifications in 2000, so I consider myself as a very successful
journalist because I started writing without the necessary papers
and I earned my papers because I was working.
are your heroes in real life?
I have always admired the late Edgar Tekere. I had time to get to
know him in Mutare and I found him very exciting. He shared a lot
of stories about the real politics of this country. I also admire
Dr Sebastian Bakare, the former Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of
Manicaland. He has given me guidance and acted as a sort of rudder
in my life. The other person who is my hero is my wife, Constance.
She has stood by me throughout my trials. Initially she was afraid,
but I'm encouraged by her transformation into someone who
is courageous, that has also helped me find my feet and my direction
and where were you happiest?
On my wedding day. We had organised a very small thing. I didn't
know there were so many people in my community who were following
up on me. I really enjoyed myself; most of what we had at the wedding
came from people in the community who felt that I deserved happiness.
your biggest vice?
I can't keep my opinion to myself, when I see things and they
are not right I will always want to look beyond that and speak out.
I don't hesitate to share my views. I don't believe
in trying to please people, I believe in being honest.
were you like at school?
I was very mischievous. I grew up to want to defend myself and what
I believed in.
are you doing next?
I am working toward building the institutional capacity of the Harare
Residents Trust. And expanding its capacity to become a national
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