Active Citizenship

Embracing the spirit of Antigone in modern day defiance

  • Posted on: 18 January 2017
  • By: admin

A story is told in Greek mythology of a young woman named Antigone. After her brothers’ struggle for power they are both killed in battle. King Creon makes a decree that one of them, Polynices, should not be mourned or buried whilst the other would get a state funeral. The failure to be buried had implications for Polynices as it meant he could not proceed to the underworld, angering the gods. 

Where are we going?

  • Posted on: 1 September 2016
  • By: teressa

In the past month Zimbabweans have hit the streets, and the government has met them head on. People have taken on the fear of a collapsing and fractured government with courage, especially when this is the government that, over the years, has met every threat with excessive violence – from Gukurahundi through the Food Riots, the elections in 2002 and 2008, and every little demonstration by the NCA and WOZA to the recent expressions of discontent.

Youths suffering social exclusion

  • Posted on: 3 September 2015
  • By: admin

‘Youths are our future leaders’.

This adage is thrown about in most social and political gatherings. National leaders are always urging community leaders to afford youth more opportunities to positively contribute towards the development of societies. In principle, it is a fact that the present generation shall not live forever hence the youth shall “take over” someday.

Playing with fire?

  • Posted on: 20 August 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

When Eldred Masunungure pointed out in 2004 that Zimbabweans were “risk averse” with respect to political participation, apart from voting in elections, one understood that this was a reasonable attitude to take when confronted with a “risk-taking” government. But one still wonders what will it take to change “risk” averse” into “risk-taking” when the events of the past year are thought about.

Who is a hero in Zimbabwe?

  • Posted on: 13 August 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

This week Zimbabwe celebrated Heroes’ weekend.  A day which many people do not think much about as it has been politicised and personalised by a political party. It has lost its integrity i; honouring those who gave up something or everything so that we can enjoy the privileges we were denied because we were considered less than.

Vendors Aren’t The Problem!

  • Posted on: 5 June 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

The minister of local government together with some army official this last week gave an ultimatum to all vendors to vacate from the CBD into designated bays or be forcefully removed. This issue which has been a bone of contention has caused a lot of discomfort. The issue has been debated in parliament, in mainstream media and more interestingly on social media.

So what is the big deal with vending in Harare?

The reality

Second Hand Clothes To The Rescue

  • Posted on: 28 May 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

By Fortune Madhuku

Walking along several streets of Harare, one is greeted by a deafening noise from competing vendors who sell second hands clothes, commonly known as ‘bhero.’

“Bhero, bhero, munhu wese. Ne$1 chete wapinda machena!” meaning “Second hand clothes on sale here. Just a dollar and you get a good deal!” scream out the vendors in their efforts to outdo each other.

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