Evan Mawarire returned to Zimbabwe from exile on the 11th of February 2017. His return caused a lot of hullabaloo on social media networks with mixed reactions being expressed. Some were happy, whilst others were confused as to why he would come back after all he had been through. A majority of the comments however were expressing their bitterness over him having left in the first place, particularly at such crucial time when his movement, #thisflag was at its peak in terms of impact and support. They felt let down by him leaving.
The Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) stands with the women of Zimbabwe and the rest of the world to commemorate International Women’s Day. This is a day to celebrate the achievements of women socially, economically, politically and culturally, whether in a personal or professional capacity, whether officially recognised or not.
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.
Saturday, the 21st January was a historic day for women: this was the day American women chose to march across the United States to show their anger and frustration over their new President Donald Trump. This was the day after his inauguration.
The flag is a symbol of our national pride - a flamboyant 5 coloured piece of garment with green, yellow, red, black and white respectively, with each colour reflecting a symbolic meaning that the Zimbabwean populace is familiar with.. The flag is a symbol of our national identity which supposedly defines a ‘true Zimbabwean citizen.’
More than other dimensions of governance, state-citizen engagement is a fundamental ingredient of a working governance system. It facilitates communication between the two, mutual understandings of the needs, priorities, and the challenges faced by each side. Where the state maintains the effective participation of citizens in governance processes, funding decisions, policies, and infrastructural development programs implemented by the government have a better chance of accurately addressing the realities of the people.
Johannes Tomana, the Prosecutor-General, contends that his “constitutional independence and protection from control of anyone” means that he cannot be compelled to issue a nolle prosequi to anyone wanting to proceed with a private prosecution.
Have you ever wondered why some problems persist and don’t seem to go away? Then there is that inner voice that asks uncomfortable questions. You try to subdue it, but it persists. Why are there some issues that we just can’t or don’t seem to want to talk about. Even in our homes, it appears standard practice to sweep some dirt under the carpet, literally.
At some point we have to quieten the voice that asks the uncomfortable questions about what is going on?
I have always been one of those Zimbabweans who consistently say: no matter what I am not going to leave Zimbabwe! I said this in 2008 when we had to queue for long hours at the bank to get money that decreased in value the longer you stood in the queue.
When I was growing up in the village, it was the hope of every parent that after sending children to school, things would change for the better in the family and the cycle of poverty would be broken. This was premised on the expectation that once their educated children left school they would be gainfully employed in the city and start fending for the family, taking care of the aging parents back in the village.
And it did happen. There are many examples of poor families, whose lives improved tremendously after their children completed tertiary education.