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Friendly Wars



Friendly Wars

by Ndaba Sibanda


About Ndaba Sibanda

A former National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) nominee, Ndaba has contributed to many anthologies including: Its Time, Poems For Haiti- a South African anthology, Snippets, Voices For Peace and Black Communion. His latest anthology, The Dead Must Be Sobbing was published in March 2013. Ndaba`s debut novel, Timebomb has been accepted for publication in the UK. He has just completed writing two more poetry anthologies, Love, Light and Greatness, and Time To Walk The Talk respectively.

Ever since his appointment to the lofty position of defense minister, he seemed to be gripped by some phobia. Some residents claimed the irrational fear stemmed from the possibility that he did not know what he was expected to do. Others thought that he was a lucky coward who found himself having to oversee a strategic security portfolio which he did not deserve or understand.

Then one day a foreign journalist decided to ask him one question. “Sir, please shed light on what you are doing or intend doing as minister of defense to keep soldiers fit?" With an exaggerated steadiness, he cleared his throat and said, “Soon l will start some friendly wars with neighboring countries”.