Activists protest over injustices

HARARE - Five activists have braved the cold winter nights and started sleeping at Africa Unity Square to protest against poor governance by Zanu PF.

The 16-day campaign, which began on Tuesday night, was initiated by Lynnette Mudehwe, Lynda Masarira and Davison Mukushwa from the Zimbabwe Activist Alliance and Zimbabwe Women in Politics Alliance.

In an interview with the Daily News, Mudehwe said it was time that Zimbabweans stood up against the government’s injustices.

She said though social media campaigns had brought citizens’ complaints to the fore, it was time that people actually acted against obtaining injustices.

Mudehwe said Zanu PF made many promises to the people in the run up to the 2013 harmonised elections yet three years after assuming office nothing has materialised save for the worsening hardships.

She said the initiative to sleep in the open is meant to drive the President Robert Mugabe-led government to respond to the citizens’ complaints.

“There are cancer patients who are dying because machines are non-functional at Parirenyatwa Hospital while government affords to pay for a vice president’s lengthy hotel stay. The government’s priorities are . . .  skewed,” she said.

The female activist said vulnerable people are being left to their own devices yet government is busy spending money extravagantly.

Fellow activist Masarira said there was a system failure in the country, which has seen people being reduced to abject poverty.

The former National Railways of Zimbabwe employee said government is reluctant to act as it deliberately turns a blind eye to the social injustices it is inflicting on citizens.

She argued that the delay in the re-alignment of laws to the new Constitution has led to the continued abuse of Zimbabweans.

“Government has manipulated and oppressed us for so long. Our leaders are so out of touch with what is going on. They are enjoying the good life in their . . . mansions while the same people who voted for them have to contend with squashed dwellings,” Masarira said.

Lately, Zimbabweans have taken to social media sites Twitter, facebook and Whatsapp to share their grievances.

Most prominent among them is cleric Evan Mawarire’s #ThisFlag campaign, which has prompted many Zimbabwean local and in the Diaspora to don the national flag physically and as profile pictures for their accounts.

Comments (7)

Bravo to you Ms Mudehwe and your colleagues for this brave show of dispondency with our leaders. It takes a lot of courage to do that and I believe just like Patson, Evan Mawarire there are many others out there who are seething with anger for this regime which has caused untold suffering for the majority of zimbabweans. It is about time they are told enough is enough

mallorytk - 2 June 2016

MUZVARE U ARE ALWAYS THE BEST WE ARE PROUD OF U LONG LIVE ZIMBABWE

BIG JOE - 2 June 2016

rich pickings are guranteed for the idiots as after the protest,they will get funding from regime change proponents in the west and air tickets to washington to recieve dubious awards,thankfully the majority of zimbos now see through these stunts,that they are commercial activities designed to get funding and curry favour with the west

truth - 2 June 2016

rich pickings are guranteed for the idiots as after the protest,they will get funding from regime change proponents in the west and air tickets to washington to recieve dubious awards,thankfully the majority of zimbos now see through these stunts,that they are commercial activities designed to get funding and curry favour with the west

truth - 2 June 2016

stop pressing that sub-standard, non responsive chinese gadget with sticky & malfunctioning pads more than once when you want to post & display your hogwash on this platform and spare the space multiple meaningless rants that are both aimless & idiotic. there is nothing to emphasis by throwing several identical comments here. yu must be taking afta rhobhati who can read the same speech afta a fortnight without taking notice. what a chronic syndrome?!!

SaManyika Chaiye - 2 June 2016

This nincompoop calling itself truth is the biggest idiot. The majority of Zimbabweans would like this entire govt to go, preferbly to hell and tot take its bootlickers with it.

KClab - 2 June 2016

i had a chance to stay, discuss & debate with this group for about 4 & half hours in Africa Unity Sqr last night. these activists have a point! zimbos are being affected by the illegal regime in different ways & at different times. we have certain pple who have faced the brunt of zanu to a point where there are no options except to face the regime head on yet some of us are still in a comfort zone where we are just watching from a distance and making passive comments becoz we are still managing! a time is coming when everyone is going to be in a corner and conditions will become squalid and an uprising will be inevitable. i left around midnight with quite a number of questions for the gvt of zim.

SaManyika Chaiye - 3 June 2016

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