“Zimbabwe has one of Africa’s highest illiteracy rates but in more than 75 percent of the cases in urban areas, Zimbabweans do not apply the education to their full advantage and fail comprehension. They have no time to research: they have no time to apply a thought process on sensitive issues: they quickly jump into defending their stereotype positions without fact: they get angry at anyone who tells them the truth, even when that truth is factual.
“Many Zimbabweans in town want to be told what they want to hear, not what is true. The three public lectures I have held in Zimbabwe have taught me this lesson. My country Netherlands is different, we look at facts and not who said them, for, facts are factual.
“But when I talked to village elders in Zimbabwe, it is a different story, they listen to every detail and passionately ask you questions. By that token, the village remains the repository of Zimbabwe’s institutional memory, patience and knowledge,” Professor Leon Rus Klensin.