Zimbabwean government under the leadership of President Robert Mugabe has been sternly warned by activists to begin to deal decisively with corruption, injustice and poverty that has overtaken the country, or face yet another National stay-away.
The #ThisFlag movement and activists related this through its leader Pastor Evan Mawarire‚ in a way to bring about a positive economic turn around in the country.
The #ThisFlag movement mobilized civil society to protest against President Robert Mugabe’s economic policies.
The activists presented government with a set of demands after a national stay-away saw shops‚ schools and businesses close their doors in parts of the country‚ including the capital‚ on Wednesday.
The protest was sparked off by government’s failure to pay salaries to civil servants such as teachers and medical staff‚ economic hardships‚ government corruption and restrictions on the importation of certain goods‚ including food which‚ for some items‚ is often cheaper in South Africa.
The Zimbabwean economy has long been dead and Wednesday’s stayaway saw Zimbabwe citizens taking to the streets of Harare to voice their dissatisfaction with the continued economic hardships and alleged mismanagement by the Mugabe government.
The protest turned out violent as the protesters had sporadic clashes with the police. They barricaded the roads with burning tyres‚ rocks and rubble and dozens of people arrested as riot police patrolled cities and the suburbs and the military was out in force.
#ZimShutDown2016 Is Much Ado About Nothing
Meanwhile, as some hailed the stay-away as a major victory‚ others believe is a total failure. The likes of Zimbabwe’s Minister of Higher Education‚ Professor Jonathan Moyo‚ believe that the Zimbabwean economy has long been dead and Wednesday’s stayaway will not make much of a difference.
Professor Jonathan Moyo took to Twitter to declare it a failure: “So the success of the stay away‚ shutdown or whatever‚ was 20% at most & only in towns like Harare while it was 0% in most of the country!”
The police has arrested more than 110 people in Zimbabwe on Wednesday during a nationwide shut-down that the authorities later said was a “flop”, according to reports by the state Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.
Seventy-five people has so far been arrested in Bulawayo, 19 in Harare and 17 in Victoria Falls, ZBC said in separate reports