Anti-Mnangagwa protests premature, say activists

Anti-Mnangagwa protests premature, say activists
Published: 27 December 2017 (952 Views)
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."


- NewZimbabwe.com

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Tesla pfee in Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 142 Views

Zimbabwean student use the old trick to get asylum in Ireland

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 165 Views

Joram Gumbo must leave office and face justice

by MDC Communications | 20 October 2018 | 143 Views

Zimbabwe teachers demand salaries in US$

by newzimbabwe | 20 October 2018 | 215 Views

'Chamisa's Alliance plotted a coup against Mnangagwa'

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 258 Views

Demand for Indian sex sweets rises

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 246 Views

'Chamisa won't be contested at congress' - no vacancy in MDC presidium

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 193 Views

Mthuli Ncube calls for political reforms

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 201 Views

Mnangagwa's minister exposed charging in USD refuses Bond notes

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 169 Views

Zimsec engages Deloitte And Touch over exam leaks

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 138 Views

The White Man who sent fear down Mugabe's spine

by Globe and Mail | 20 October 2018 | 131 Views

Human rights violations down in Zimbabwe

by Stephen Jakes | 20 October 2018 | 106 Views

Mliswa pleads with Finance minister to see importance of MPs vehicles

by Stephen Jakes | 20 October 2018 | 112 Views

Zimbabwe business are mercenaries out to loot the poor: MDC legislator

by Stephen Jakes | 20 October 2018 | 120 Views

Electric Tesla car causes stir on Zimbabwe social media

by Staff Reporter | 20 October 2018 | 124 Views

Zimbabwe army officers warned

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 152 Views

Biti savages Mthuli Ncube

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 113 Views

Zanu-PF backers justify army use of deadly force

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 121 Views

Zimbabwe tax system hit by low compliance levels

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2018 | 74 Views

Price controls, tinkering with the deck while the titanic is sinking

by Jacob Mafume, MDC National Spokesperson | 19 October 2018 | 233 Views

Man nearly killed over cooking oil

by Simbarashe Sithole | 19 October 2018 | 211 Views

Mnangagwa closing in on unscrupulous businesspeople

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 230 Views

Prophet sells congregant's vehicle

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 195 Views

Zanu-PF's Dexter Nduna confirmed Chegutu West MP

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 140 Views

Mnangagwa caps 1719 graduands

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 118 Views

ZCTU calls for resignation of Minister Gumbo

by Stephen Jakes | 19 October 2018 | 284 Views

Mnangagwa has to deliver and, urgently too

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 315 Views

Zanu-PF dictatorship, ideological dominance

by Vivid Gwede | 19 October 2018 | 239 Views

ZCTU, why spare Bulawayo council over rates hike

by Conway Tutani | 19 October 2018 | 218 Views

Motlanthe Commission risks playing into Zanu-PF agenda

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 229 Views

Councils challenged to generate own income

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 159 Views

Zimbabwe gender parity misses 50% mark, says Mohadi

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 119 Views

Zanu-PF official, sangoma jailed over pangolin scales

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 185 Views

Mliswa mocks Gender Commission

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 170 Views

Police harass senior Masvingo journalist

by Stephen Jakes | 19 October 2018 | 153 Views

Zimbabwe gold exports decline by 21%

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2018 | 176 Views