The people have spoken

HARARE - The support that was given to #ThisFlag movement leader, pastor Evan Mawarire yesterday during his court appearance has shown that Zimbabweans are now fighting from the same corner regardless of colour and political beliefs.

Scores of people gathered at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts to listen to the proceedings in a show of unity that has never been exhibited before.

The people showed that the tears they shed together gives them a similar identity and that it is the trenches they travel together that foment the unity that was exhibited yesterday.

Mawarire has in recent days become one of the faces of the struggle after he raised concerns that clearly resonate with the general populace’s demands.

It is clear that any man can associate with the general demands being made by Mawarire that include the need to deal with corruption and improvement of the general socio-economic life.

With such a message that goes to the nerve of every person’s demands, most Zimbabweans found it necessary to associate themselves with Mawarire’s cause.

Mawarire, was initially charged with inciting public violence before the charges were changed to that of attempting to subvert a constitutionally-elected government.

With all the intimidation that has been recorded in the past, people simply set that aside and attended the court hearing.

Singing and dancing outside the court, the people came for the hearing and filled the courtroom to the brim, forcing the police to bar many outside.

While the Zanu PF government might want to play down the demands being made by the people, it is necessary to note that these trials and tribulations are the ones that are bringing people together more than before.

For a very long time, Zimbabweans have endured suffering, they have swallowed every bitter pain at the hands of the government which seems unconcerned by their plight.

And it is that cause that speaks the same language in every person’s mind that brought people together yesterday.

The government could not show less of its fears, as it brought dozens of anti-riot police officers that besieged the court.

But for once, a statement has been made that every person of sound mind must take heed of.

That solidarity which was shown yesterday must act as a wake-up call for the government to at least take into consideration people’s demands.

The government must know that arresting people will not solve the problems unless the problems themselves are arrested.

Comments (1)

I wrote yesterday that ZANU PF thugs tactics are outdated. They will pay for their ignorance. They have past their "best before date". The endgame will give some valuable lessons to all and sundry that people are people. Never take them for granted and never think that you are untouchable. Even isu vana Zvichapera, we are just ordinary Mudzi villagers, but in progressive forces we are a formidable force together.

Zvichapera - 14 July 2016

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