tom odhiambo and robert muponde
From: “Tom Odhiambo”
To: “Chikoko R. Muponde”
Subject: the arrivants
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 09:42:44 +0200
I hope that the weekend went well and you still have your cell phone. In fact
since you wrote me when I was in Nairobi about “donating” your cell phone
to Joburgers, I have been wondering why some of you fellows walk around
advertising your phones. I thought it was peculiar to Joburg that people hold
their cell phones in their hands all the time but I discovered that people in
Nairobi and Kampala do the same. Is it that we are mesmerized by technology
or are we just strongly attached to our property? Or is it different in Harare?
From: “Robert Muponde”
To: “Tom Odhiambo”
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2005 7:25 pm
Cell talk is valued in Harare, where I am supposed to come from, and belong.
The cell phone is called “runharembozha” in the new Duramazwi (Shona dic-
tionary), meaning, the phone (“runhare”) for the bourgeoisie (“mbozha”).