The new week came with a breath of fresh air for many Zimbabweans this Monday as life returned to normal with people going about their day to day business in an environment sanitised of the anxiety and intimidation that defined last week.

The sight of relaxed Harare City Council workers going about the business of cutting grass in and around the central business district appears surreal when juxtaposed with scenes from last week when the capital, normally a bustling hive of activity, represented a ghost town.

The task should have probably been taken care of last week, but could not be done at all because of the violence that rocked the capital and many parts of the country, preventing the workers from performing one of the most basic jobs of maintaining the aesthetics that give Harare its moniker, the Sunshine City.

Nonetheless, all that was a distant memory today as Harare reclaimed its normal buzz with vendors vending, builders building and hustlers hustling, which is basically what the city that never sleeps is all about.

There is a wariness now among the people, an understanding that last week’s events, apart from needlessly leaving citizens held hostage by their fears, represents huge economic costs at a micro-level.

Admittedly, cutting grass is a much smaller and cheaper undertaking compared to reconstructing the destroyed tollgate, replacing the burnt ZUPCO bus or even making up for the one week school time that pupils lost, but all it takes is unity of purpose as exhibited by the council workers to make Zimbabwe beautiful once more.