What is Citizen  Activism? #Citizen Unite 

In mid 2016, Human Rights protestors were granted $1000 bail each whilst thieves and murderers pay far less. Does the judicial system view activists as more of a threat to peace in the country or just a threat to the Mugabe Regime? 

The citizens of Zimbabwe were rejuvenated by recent developments showing that maybe this movement could provide what the political parties have for years failed to do; a social, political and economic change. 

In 2014, Itai Dzamara and his small group of protestors started the Occupy Africa Unity Square (OAUS) campaign. Camped out at the square, OAUS called for Mugabe to leave over his failed leadership. Itai was subsequently abducted and never seen or heard of again. His stand was the spring board that inspired youthful activists and created various movements. 

In mid 2016 there were four prominent movements, Zimbabwe Activist Alliance, Zimbabwe Women in Politics Alliance, Occupy Africa Unity Square (OAUS), Zimbabwe National Students Association (ZINASU) and Tajamuka. All operating in the business districts of Zimbabwe. 

Each group made its mark by conducting various demonstrations. For example the PNZ (Prayer Network of Zimbabwe) mobbed the office of the Primary and Secondary Education Minister Lazarus Dokora. 

PNZ protested against the introduction of the National Pledge which sought to make Christianity the only religion accepted in schools despite the clause in the Constitution that allows for religious diversity.  

A youth group based in Bulawayo; Bulawayo Youth Arise (BYA) demanded the stop to economic rot and the resignation of President Mugabe. BYA stated, ‘Mugabe’s clueless government must shape up or just go.’ A Masvingo youth movement did the same at theor Provincial Minister Shuvai Mahofa’s office.

In combination with the digital activism movement, citizens are making a stand through Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp to protest and share content relating to protests. 

Source:

1. Majoni, T (2016) ‘Will Citizen Activism Bring Change in Zimbabwe’ 

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