Zimbabweans celebrate homeland news

Today in Zimbabwean capital of Harare, there are mass celebrations in the streets, as the residents celebrate Robert Mugabe’s resignation after 37 years as the nation’s president.

Here in Cleve, Kirsty Segon is having her own celebrations that her homeland is now free.

Miss Segon and her family, including her three siblings, moved to Cleve in 2003 from Harare, when she was 15-years-old, after her father was sponsored by Pringles.

Prior to emigrating to Australia, her parents had their own business.

“They had a business where they made woven and steel mesh to dry tobacco on,” Miss Segon said.

“As Zimbabwe was a big tobacco growing country, they were heavily involved with farmers.”

Mugabe had blamed Zimbabwe’s economic decline on the white minority, as a way for him to keep poer, resulting in violence against the white farmers and the seizure of their land.

“Once everything with the white farmers starter to happen, that’s when everything changed,” Miss Segon said.​

Her mother never shielded she and her sister Lauren from what was happening in Zimbabwe.

“Mum never showed us the gory pictures but she would tell us that there were burnt bodies and everything,” she said.

“She wanted us to know why we were moving but she didn’t tell the younger two.”

However, Miss Segon said Zimbabwe was a beautiful place to live.

“It’s amazing living over there, and you really can’t compare it to here,” she said.

“People work four days a week and then go like camping for three days, there’s just a lot more balance.”

Since moving to Cleve, Miss Segon has been back to Zimbabwe once with her partner, Pat Jenner, and once to South Africa with Pat and their children.

“It was lovely to get back to Africa but I don’t think I could ever live there again,” she said.

“It was a big deal for my parents to just go back to South Africa.

“Mum has said if she was to ever go back, she would just fly directly to places, instead of driving and she wouldn’t stay and mingle with people.”

Miss Segon was in the same class as one of Robert Mugabe’s daughters in Zimbabwe.

“The family is living it up around the world, while the country is living in poverty,” she said.

“Zimbabwe was the bread basket of Africa back then.

“The best schools in the world were in Zimbabwe and the teachers were sought after.

“All African kids want to go to school, that’s all they want.

“But it’s not that good anymore.”

Miss Segon said she thought Mugabe’s resignation was positive but it would never be the same.

“It’s definitely a good thing that he’s out but Africa will always be Africa,” she said.

“You can still offer someone $10 and they’ll change their political party.

“It’s just sad because it really is a beautiful place.”