Monthly Archives: October 2016

Organised violence and torture in Hopley  — Zimbabwe Situation

There have been reports of organised violence and torture in Hopley perpetrated by soldiers who were looking for one Svosve, the MDC-T youth Chairperson. Source: Organised violence and torture in Hopley – The Zimbabwean 04.10.2016 The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum interviewed three of the victims namely Davison Mangena, Vengai Chingoriwo both males and…

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Social media headache for Mugabe’s regime — Zimbabwe Situation

Source: Social media headache for Mugabe’s regime – The Zimbabwe Independent September 30, 2016 In a WhatsApp video that has gone viral, a dreadlocked man satirically asks President Robert Mugabe how many pairs of spectacles he needs to see clearly that he is destroying the economy and the livelihoods of millions of Zimbabweans. By Hazel…

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#ThisFlag and student activism

Mwana Wevhu

Student activism in Zimbabwe is not a new phenomenon. Starting duringthe Second Chimurenga, student activism continued after the Independence, with studentprotests of note in the 1990s and early 2000s.

By nature, universitiesencourage young bright minds to see the realities of their society. As a student, you are being prepared to enter the wide world, and you’re toldto go out there and make a change, to serve the greater good, to be the difference. That impetus to make yourmark, coupled with the tenacity of youth, means that students have created their own formof activism, a mix of protest action and intellectual debate, which pushes for immediate change while laying foundation for long-lasting reform.

2016 has seen activism in Zimbabwe come to the forefront, with campaigns such as#OccupyAfricaSquare, #ThisFlag, #Tajamuka, and #BeatThePot. I followed each of these protests with keen interest and after I left home to come back to school, the…

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An open letter to Acie Lumumba

Mwana Wevhu

Dear Mr. Lumumba,

I debated on whether or not to write this letter. Most people have written you off as a non-entity, and in fact your celebrity has diminished over the past few weeks. Still, I think it’s important to let you know how I feel. As someone claiming to stand for and represent young Zimbabweans, it’s only fair that I, as a young Zimbabwean, give my opinion.

Unlike many, many, many people, I think you have potential. In a political sphere dominated by people aged 50 and over, it’s refreshing to have someone closer to my age and experiences. However, I understand why you rub people the wrong way. You’ve rubbed me the wrong way. You proclaim yourself as the “political maverick of this generation” – a  bold statement that makes you come across as vain. You’re pompous. You’re condescending. You’re arrogant. Cockiness and confidence in politics is not a…

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Pieces of Home: driving down Samora Machel Avenue

Mwana Wevhu

Samora Machel Avenue has to be the longest road I’ve ever driven. It cuts through suburbs, the hustle and bustle of Harare’s central business district, branching off into its many little tributaries that run through the city. It is long, straight, rarely bends, and serves as an artery to the capital city’s daily pulse.

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