RUFARO KASEKE BACK IN ZIM
20 December 2017
. . . I meant every word!
THE dreadlocked guy whose videos making fun of the former first lady Grace Mugabe or her sons, Rufaro Kaseke, is in the country.
The film-maker turned political activist, who has been on the spotlight before and during the political transitional process, said he feels satisfied by the contribution he made for the formation of the new Zimbabwe.
H-Metro’s ADORATION BIZURE had an interview with the outspoken 38-year-old and this is what he had to say. Read on…
Q: People know you as a film-maker after producing films as such Lobola and the Gentleman among others, what made you change and decide to be a political activist?
A: First and foremost, I never planned that one day I would be a political activist. I only realised that we were lagging behind as a nation when I made a comparison of our nation and other countries that were even underdeveloped than us.
I also realised that there are so many Zimbabweans contributing to the development of other countries simply because there were no opportunities available in our own country.
For me, the root of all the problems was the G40 which had captured the governance of the country that is why I was attacking and exposing them on social media.
Q: As you were sending your posts in the UK, did you realise that your posts were making such impact back home?
A: I had no idea that I was making such an impact, I knew social media was powerful but I didn’t know to such an extent.
I thought I was only communicating to my 7000 friends on Facebook not realising that my posts were being reposted to other different social media platforms.
Definitely the message reached where it was supposed to reach.
Q: Do you regret any of the things that you could have said in some of your post?
A: In some of my posts, I was so emotional and there were times I used bad language but I don’t regret a single thing that I have said because I know that it was not just me who felt that way but the majority of Zimbabweans.
That radical stance we took as political activists contributed a lot in sending out how citizens were feeling.
Q: Were you not living in fear for your life?
A: I wasn’t afraid of anything because I was convinced that it was just a matter of time before those G40 criminals got arrested.
I was also ready to meet any consequences that would have come my way.
Q: In this new dispensation that we are in, is there any hope that things will change for the better?
A: The fact that things have changed politically is enough hope that there is hope for change in this nation.
However, I am not expecting everything to have changed in the next six months or so, it will surely take time because the country was being run down for more than 20 years.
What is making us hopeful is the fact that reforms are being made and we are seeing effort by the government in changing our nation for the better.
Q: Do you have any political ambitions?
A: A lot of people have been advising me to start politics but I am a film maker and that is what I know I am good at.
I would love to contribute to the development of my country and I feel I can best do it with what I am good at.
Q: Can you tell us a brief background of your personal life.
A: I am a dad and I am currently pushing for my post graduate degree in Digital film production at University of Bedfordshire.