Tsitsi Masiyiwa Apologises For Questioning Zimbabweans’ Work Ethic, Implying They Are Lazy

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Tsitsi Masiyiwa, wife of Econet Wireless founder Strive Masiyiwa came under fire on social media after she posted a tweet in which she implied that Zimbabweans were lazy and did not work enough hours. Tsitsi Masiyiwa had tweeted,

Wondering how a nation with GDP per capita of $1 000 for over 37 yrs life expectancy 34yrs upto 31% children stunted, can insist on the right to work 8hrs plus 1 hr lunch 5 days a week, rest for 2 days watch football for 42 wks straight. Where is the sense of urgency desperation?

However, after receiving at least 660 Tweets, Tsitsi came back to Twitter and apologised for her earlier message. In her apology she said,

Friends who responded to my tweet. I passionately love Zimbabwe love to express, debate & brutally confront the challenges that hold us back. To those who are angry and livid feeling offended, I apologise wholeheartedly.

Dialogue is critical to get us moving forward & it gives us a platform to seek solutions. It’s part of the way we fix ourselves and each other. Let’s share solutions as we face hard truths. My work in the community expresses my passion.

Here is how some Zimbabweans had reacted to the initial tweet:

Tsitsi MasiyiwaStrive MasiyiwaEconet

Tsitsi Masiyiwa is an African philanthropist and social entrepreneur who has devoted much of her life to empowering the lives of young people through education and technology. She is wife to Strive Masiyiwa a telecoms mogul who is founder and chairman of Econet Wireless International... Read More About Tsitsi Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa (born 1961) is a Zimbabwean born entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of Econet Wireless International a global telecommunications group. In 2002, Masiyiwa made it to the Time Magazine List of Most Influential People, and in March 2014, he was... Read More About Strive Masiyiwa

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless International, is the first and largest mobile network services provider in Zimbabwe. The telecoms giant became popular with its products and services such as Buddie. It has established branches in different corners of the country and enjoys... Read More About Econet

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  1. Anonymous Reply

    She is 100% correct. In countries like USA, UK and India to name a few, most businesses do not close at 5 pm. they extend hours to allow for those who could not afford to shop during the day because of work and other commitments. The do shifts and businesses remain operational 24/7 .So apart from the tone used, she has a point in that we cannot afford as a country to work 8- 5 pm

    • Madhala Reply

      Anonymous you imply US and UK have got it right. Why? Why is 8 hours work wrong?

    • Llodza Reply

      I gather you are in the UK or such other Western countries. May you be humble enough to know that you went there because there’s no economy in Zimbabwe for us to work like donkeys without rest. I never expected such opinion from Mrs. Masiiwa to get support from level headed people. We expect such mockery from the Wicknells of Zimbabwe who are paid moneys stolen from the masses to do nothing but erect majarata (tin houses)

    • Anonymous Reply

      Stupid guy, opening hours are determined by level of business. No street lights, no reliable transportation why would you open up to 10pm

    • NINJA Reply

      true that Tsitsi Masiiwa is correct most of us zimboz are fucken lazy basa ibhora n women n dhoro apo u working 8hrs a day for 4OOBUCKS APER MONTH

  2. Lolly Reply

    Not true my dear because Zimbabweans are considered one of the most hard working groups.You will seldom find unemployed zimbabweans in other countries. e.g S.A botswana america uk….however the political social and economical condition in zimbabwe is not motivating at all.

  3. max maphosa Reply

    Mrs Masiyiwa i agree with you, we are lazy, there are good examples that will strenghthen your statement today. Zimbabwe is in ruins today , i mean our buildings . We failed to grow food for ourselves with everything at our disposal. We now want white people to come and supervise us be our bosses once again. So if that is not laziness what do you call that. The education we have makes the best people to argue a debate but with very little if any on the ground. We are lazy and at most book worms, with the education people of Zimbabwe have ,we should be a lot better.We have lots of theories with no practical lessons. We are lazy. We are among the biggest loud talkers . I support.and i am sure the great Mr M asiyiwa agrees but as a gentleman he allowed you to put it across. The land that is laying not being used in a sign that Zimbabweans are very lazy. Now the goverment is even asking the so called oppressors back. We have failed lets admit.

    • mucharipa Reply

      We failed to grow
      food for ourselves with
      everything at our disposal.

      Really! ? @Max who are you referencing to as we? I think you are Zanu and have benefited from the status quo.

      You give someone without capital, knowledge &/or experience in agricultural production, farms and expect phantom tonnes of agric produce?

      Your stupidity is of monumental proportions!

      Your assertion is utterly rubbish you inconsiderate insensitive buffoon.

  4. Anonymous Reply

    I remember Strive Masiyiwa buying Old Mutual shares, sold them outside the country illegally, breaching our exchange control rules. He never came back to Zim in fear of being arrested, before the amnesty during the old dispensation. It is disgusting to hear how such a rich family insults Zimbabweans today after benefiting from illegal business fingers.

  5. Zvuva Reply

    Tsitsi, despite a few figure errors, you are correct in terms of how you relate your arguement. However, factually, a country does not prosper out of sweat. It prospers out of intelligence of the people and how they go around solving their problems. Its true, you would twitter to air your point of view, which you must regret coz the level of intelligence on a public media varies. However, try and have people who are level headed and who are pationate about solving Zimbabwean problems, they may come up with a myriad of solutions. The biggest of the problem being our moral fibre which was corroded by various life factors. Morality justifies lots of wrongs and up until we change our mind set (moral fibre) we keep on endorsing coups as necessary and justifiable, whereas, the instigator does not even want to to view it as such. Code naming illegal operations is not far from baptising beer and call it Mazoe drink. We have gone such far and we are still going!

  6. bost Reply

    tsitsi you are seeking attention in a wrong way. undo your frail hairstyle first then you will get the much attention you need

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