Exiles hosts successful “death of democracy” in Zimbabwe
Former MDC-T UK and Ireland Secretary, Mr Julius Sai Mutyambizi-Dewa has called on Zimbabweans to continue celebrating their independence day saying despite all the political problems they faced, April 18 marked their freedom from colonialism.
Mutyambizi-Dewa, a lawyer by profession spoke at the Nottingham Zimbabwean Community Network (NZCN) held at the Goshen Community Centre in Radford, Nottingham. While he acknowledge gross human rights violations in the country, Mutyambizi-Dewa, said it was a fact that Zimbabwe was no longer in the hands of colonialists.
Instead, he urged Zimbabwe to take to task their leaders for failing to deliver justice they deserved including the fruits of being free. The event was organised by Regis Manyanya and chaired by Mthulisi Nyathi.
In the well-attended symposium, delegates also discussed the emotive subject of Zimbabwe’s 31 years under Robert Mugabe and ZANU-PF. They wondered whether the idea of the war for independence was worth it.
Speaking on the same occasion, Barbara Nyagomo expressed profound sadness at the degree of abuses in Zimbabwe. She bemoaned disenfranchisement and poverty that has ravaged the former British colony under Mugabe’s stewardship. Nyagomo said it was a pity that Zimbabwe was now a deeply divided nation, tribal and economical while those who sang the ZANU-PF song benefitted.
An ex- ZIPRA combatant who identified herself only as Mai Zvorwadza, whose husband, also an ex-fighter killed by ZANU-PF thugs, said she had no regrets of fighting in the Rhodesian bush way, though she was so much frustrated by Mugabe’s vampiric leadership.
Mai Zvorwadza narrated how she left Rhodesia as a young woman to join the guerrilla war from the PF-ZAPU side led by the late Father Zimbabwe Joshua Nkomo.
She said at times she breaks down in tears when she thinks of the sacrifices and how tough the war of liberation was and how Robert Mugabe was now killing the same people who made him president.
Peter Nyoni spoke about the crimes of Gukurahundi and Murambatsvina describing them as crimes against humanity. He also voiced the marginalisation of the Matabeleland region and politically motivated violence that has been perpetrated against the region for 31 years now.
Nyoni said he envisaged “a Zimbabwe” where all citizens were not judged by colour or tribe, but through their capabilities and contribution to their country.
Ms Chawapiwa Faith Muverengwi of the African Women Support Project Foundation pointed out the challenges that women face in Zimbabwe and in the diaspora. She observed that in independent Zimbabwe not all people are justly and fairly treated; are in control of their lives; are able to realise their full potential and lead quality lives physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and politically. Muverengwi raised concerns about how little is being done to raise awareness of sub-cultural practices and mainstream attitudes and approaches that impede women from meaningfully participating and improving their status in society
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