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Independence Day Compeition Winners
May 07, 2013
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Winner: Zim @ 33 Flag Caricature
The depicted bird on a caricature of our Flag is a vulture instead
of the traditional Zimbabwe bird. The vulture is a predatory and
carnivorous animal that lacks a sense of fairness. It preys on other
hunters' loot. The vulture is a clear image of our national leaders
who prey on the toil of the povo. Corruption! That vulture has ceased
to be a natural bird; it has polished its natural consumption means
by acquiring super-natural tools: a fork and knife. Our politicians'
appetites can never be quenched by locally available goods/services
hence they always fly out to spend their obscenely acquired 'wealth'.
The leadership has through its opaque dealings adulterated our national
identity. That is why I have conveniently planted a decimated Zimbabwe
bird at the shores of the white triangle.
white triangle; the peace symbol
The traditional white triangle on our genuine flag represents peace.
It is made of solid white. Mine is made up of a translucent white
that shows underground colors. I have done that to caricature the
decimated wishes of the majority on peace.
The knobkerries (AKA mbaramatonya) are a symbol of coercion, violence
and mafia-type impunity by those who have the means to control and
use violence. They represent the securocrats and the new culture
The text '33' has been put in a serpentine font to represent the
peoples' appreciation of independence 33 years on. Some have nostalgia
of the yesteryear colonial days not because they detest independence
but they see the colonial leaders as better devils than the current
who unyoked us from colonialism only to yoke us with locally acquired
colonialism. The liberators have developed a relationship of suspicion
with the liberated: a relationship similar to a person and a snake's.
adulterated black color
Our flag has a peat black centre color representing the aspirations
of the black majority. My caricature has a color hovering between
black and grey. The aspirations of the back majority have been forgotten.
Our leaders are meant to be the people's stars. However, some will
abuse that trust bestowed upon them. Look at the runaway corruption
especially in the MDC run local authorities and top echelons of
government from both parties!
red flag color
My red flag color is no longer a continuous colour. It is now in
a variegated fashion, marking the diminished importance accorded
to the blood of the fallen fighters.
back ground Zanu PF flag
The seemingly national flag is punctuated by a heavy and visible
Zanu PF flag background. My impression is that this country is run
by the Zanu PF Politburo despite having a 4-year-old coalition government.
It is rather interesting to observe the conspicuous absence of the
white (peace symbol) color on the flag, a flag that represents more
of Rastafarian fanaticism: a paradox of the jibe taken at the Rasta
community by the party's President that the latter are always high
on 'weed'. Therefore, that flag tells that Zanu PF is the chief
author of all the chaos that my caricature flag bears.
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