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Published On: Wed, Aug 24th, 2016

Zimbabweans protest as they feel ignored: Dr Nkosana Moyo

Former Zimbabwe’s Industry Minister, Dr Nkosana Moyo believes that the recent protests that have rocked Zimbabwe were a result that the government is not willing to listen to the people.

Moyo says it’s not a sign that people in that country do not recognise the current government as a legitimate government.


Picture: Bongi Mogale

The activists complained about the ailing economy, lack of jobs and late payment of civil servants’ salaries amongst others

Speaking on the Forum@8, Moyo says he resigned from his ministerial post because he felt that his contributions were not considered because he was not a Zanu-PF member.
It’s always advisable for the ruling party to listen to other parties as that will help improve relations between government and its citizens, he said.

A social media campaign named “ThisFlag” and “ZimShutDown2016” saw Zimbabwean citizens stay home in June, in protest against President Robert Mugabe and the ruling Zanu-PF.

The activists complained about the ailing economy, lack of jobs and late payment of civil servants’ salaries amongst others.

Following the protests, pastor Evan Mawarire, leader of the #ThisFlag protest movement was briefly detained by Zimbabwean authorities on charges of inciting violence which was later altered to the serious one of “subverting a constitutional government”.

But Zimbabweans rallied around him, even showing up at the courthouse to peacefully protest his arrest.

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According to Moyo, many problems that Zimbabwe is currently experiencing were created by how the ruling Zanu PF handled issues around land.

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  • Lloyd

    when people are organised and when there is real noise , the politicians will put the tails between their legs and submit, lets turn the heat on