Harare. The last two months Zimbabwe’s ruling party Zanu PF have seen the loudest protests of their 36 years of rule. The reason for the protests is a frustration over the difficult financial situation and president Robert Mugabe’s politics.
– We need these protests in Zimbabwe. We’ve been quiet for too long and we’ve had enough. Hopefully this people’s movement will bring positive changes, like jobs for unemployed academics, says 24-year old Brian Dube. He has a degree in electro engineering but makes ends meet by selling mobile phones.
But at the same time Brian is worried about how he might be affected financially. At the Copacabana market, sellers have been forced to watch their piles of second hand clothes being burnt, and last week traffic came to a standstill in the central parts of Harare after the protesting masses used stones and bins to block the roads.
-The protests can be likened to those of the Arab Spring, as this rising is also being led by the people and was ignited through social media, says Vince Musewe, political analyst at the think tank Zimbabwe First.
Article published in Svenska Dagbladet, 6/9-2016. Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/motstandet-mot-mugabe-vaxer-i-zimbabwe