Anti-ED protests premature: Activists  - Zimbabwe Situation

Anti-ED protests premature: Activists 

Source: Anti-ED protests premature: Activists – NewsDay Zimbabwe December 27, 2017

ZIMBABWE’s prominent protest groups have differed on whether to resume their anti-government marches or allow new President Emmerson Mnangagwa time to prove his commitment to accountability.

Evan Mawarire , leader of #ThisFlag movement which initiated protests which shook then President Robert Mugabe’s government last year, said it was still premature for protest groups to start going at Mnangagwa.

“I think it’s important for us to note that there has to be a moment with which we distil what has happened before we react,” he said.

“It’s important for now to just respond and not necessarily react. There is still need for analysis really on which direction are these people (government) taking.”

The Generation Church leader said Mnangagwa has vowed commitment to a departure from Mugabe’s antagonistic policies, although there have been questionable moments such as shown by his retention of Mugabe’s Cabinet.

“I think these are all moments which are helping us to locate ourselves in this new dispensation. How do we posture ourselves in relation to this new government? What is our messaging? What are our key concerns so far in these first 50 or 100 days as we go?” he said.

Firebrand pro-democracy campaigner Linda Masarira said Mnangagwa must be given a long rope to hang himself in his first 100 days in office.

“I think it’s still premature for protest movements to go into the streets and protest because the President has only been there for less than a month now and we have to give him a long rope to hang himself,” she said.

“We also have to consider that he has an obligation to try and reform Zanu PF and the system per se and reform does not happen overnight.

“I am sceptical as an activist that there would be any meaningful reform because he has been Mugabe’s right hand man since 1980 and has been part of the system that has been running down the economy.”

But Pride Mkono, programmes officer with the Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, said Mnangagwa’s commitment to good governance should be tested “as soon as yesterday”.

“What we saw happening is really not a new era at all. It is simply a Zimbabwe without Mugabe. The system has simply realigned and now it’s Mnangagwa in. The test of the pudding is in the eating,” he said.

“We are going to demonstrate as and when the issues arise and take public attention because that is partly because it is our constitutional right to do so and a way of putting pressure on him to deliver.”

Vendors, who have also been a prominent opposition force against government’s failure to improve their livelihoods, have staged demonstrations against harassment by soldiers.

They have been assisted by equally firebrand protest movement, Tajamuka/Sesijikile, which has been running its Back to Barracks campaign against the military.

The group said: “This would be a litmus test to the Mnangagwa administration’s commitment to uphold, promote and protect democracy and human rights in Zimbabwe.”


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    Black kambizi 7 months

    It’s just totally ridiculous to dream that change can be effected in three weeks. Whoever is hallucinating of a protest does not equal a dead person. Remember what made it possible for everyone to participate in the last March. President Mnangagwa was laid out his plans for economic emancipation and poverty eradication, all reasonable properly educated people,captains if industry,presidents of powerful nations across political divide have hailed what’s on the table and pledged to support the current government. I sincerely believe this government is the right government for the redemption of Zimbabwean economy.

    Even the opposition cried foul when they read the blue print of the current government,saying the polices were taken from their silos of polices. This in itself is an admission that the polices are correct and right for Zimbabweans.

    Please let me take this opportunity to also make you aware that as Zimbabweans we are not obsessed with opposition ruling Zimbabwe but GOOD GOVERNANCE that will create enabling environment for investment period, a government that will uphold the rule of law. That’s it.

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      Matabele 7 months

      Shiri is promoted to the Cabinet after his Gukuruhundi excesses where young women were handpicked by the soldiers and rape used as a terrorist weapon? And now we say that we need to time to think about what ED will do? The ink on the signatures will still be wet and there will more excesses from these terrorists because this is all that they know. Three years into Independence and Zanu sets the Fifth Brigade off on a 20 000 civilian genocide to “restore legitimacy” – and now they are talking us that they want to preserve Mugabe’s legacy as well. Mugabe and Shiri’s legacy is the Gukuruhundi. This is what ED and Shiri are protecting.