In what has been billed a ‘protest against a failed state’, people exercising their constitutional right to make their voices heard have been harassed and arrested in Harare.
Fake quotes misattributed to Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe have gone viral across the Africa. Hundreds of them are shared on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and on messaging apps like WhatsApp every day. The meme has assumed a life of its own. But what what does the meme mean for how Africans see “Uncle Bob”?
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.
Evan Mawarire, a Zimbabwean pastor, recently started #ThisFlag, a social media campaign that has united a huge number of his compatriots as they speak up on the poor governance, alarming corruption and poverty in their country.
Zimbabwe’s education ministry says it will introduce Swahili, Chinese, French, and Portuguese in schools as part of new curriculum changes. The changes also include approval of indigenous language as the medium of instruction in infant schools.
Zimbabwe First Lady, Grace Mugabe has stunned many with her remarks that President Robert Mugabe (92) is irreplaceable and will continue to rule the country from his grave. The First Lady is no stranger to controversy and has previously made similar remarks, which have raised eyebrows.
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe says it will soon introduce “Zimbabwe Bond Notes” valued at $200 million, amongst other measures designed to ease an ongoing cash crisis. Following the announcement, there are fears that the move is government’s plan to bring back the Zimbabwe dollar, discarded in 2009. Zimbabweans are taking to Twitter to share their opinions on the news.
Lawyer, Linda Kasonde has been elected the Law Association of Zambia’s (LAZ) first female president and we are loving it. Kasonde who previously served as LAZ vice-president, defeated two other contestants, Sidney Chisenga and Kafula Mwiche in the election. With the appointment, Kasonde becomes the law association’s 33rd president, and the first female to hold the prestigious position.
18 April marks Zimbabwe’s Independence Day, attained in 1980 from the United Kingdom. On the country’s 36th anniversary of Independence from colonial rule, we remember the sacrifices made in the protracted guerrilla war, in which thousand sons and daughters of Zimbabwe lost their lives. We remember the words of some of the country’s liberation heroes, made during the liberation struggle, at independence and post independence, which speak to the vision and aspirations of its people, disillusionment and frustration at the prevailing challenges facing the country.