I went for a walk in the city today as its always good to stretch ones legs from time to time.
As I walked along union avenue (or new name) passed Zambia House, I reminisced on days gone by when the big old flea-market was housed a few doors down.
Walking past it today it is now a shop that sells somewhat defective but affordable Chinese goods from as little as $1.
Further along the street heading towards Leopold Takawira I saw that Kingston’s, a shop that historically was a bookshop one whould get their textbooks from as well as school supplies and leisure reading materials. Today this Kingston’s still sells some books and school supplies but it appears the harsh economic times have forced the books hop to diversify into, among other things, selling household paint. As I walked passed Kingston’s, a sigh escaped my lips as I thought of the countless other people who had to make such adjustments, many due to lack of employment. I crossed Leopold Takawira heading for part street when I saw a sight that left me quite stunned! The furniture shop at the corner of Union Ave and Park Street had lost its shop front as a member of the public had decided to park in it! From the pictures you can see how extensive the damage is and the shop assistant in the photograph confirmed that a car had indeed parked in their shop front and they were now working towards having the building repaired to allow them to lock their shop.
I walked away wondering to myself where this seemingly national habbit of drunk driving will lead us…what if there had been someone walking by; a child or an over age pensioner at the time of this wreck-less act? The same questions can be posed of every accident scene where a drunken driver has taken it upon himself to commander a vehicle so dangerous when their judgement is impaired.