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Politics and Society Zimbabwe: Evan Mawarire #ThisFlag movement leader arrested and ‘charged with inciting violence’

Police in Zimbabwe have arrested Evan Mawarire, a pastor, who started #ThisFlag, a social media campaign, which encourages citizens to speak on poor governance, the ailing economy corruption and poverty in the country. Mawarire who has called for a two-day stay-away scheduled to start tomorrow is one of the activists who masterminded the recent mass stay-away/shutdown Zimbabwe protest.

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Politics and Society #ShutdownZimbabwe: Citizens find their voice in nationwide stay-away

Zimbabweans today engaged in a mass stay-away, heeding calls by activists and union leaders (various teachers’ unions) in protest against amongst other concerns, corruption, the ailing economy and overdue civil servant salaries. Social media (WhatsApp and Internet experienced disruptions) has been awash with messages on the stay-away and shut-down.

Between Our Selves: An Interview with Panashe Chigumadzi
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Lifestyle Between Our Selves: An Interview with Panashe Chigumadzi

At the age of 25, Panashe Chigumadzi is one of the most prominent intellectual voices in South Africa. Born to Zimbabwean parents, she is currently a Ruth First fellow at the University of Witwatersrand. She is the founder of Vanguard magazine and is part of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community. She worked for the Africa Business News Group as a reporter for CNBC and as a columnist for Forbes Woman Africa. In September 2015, her widely acclaimed debut novel, Sweet Medicine, was published by Blackbird Books. TIA’s Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire caught up with Panashe to talk about writing, activism and the importance of black-owned media spaces.