Pro-democracy protesters and occupants take night vigils to Bulawayo


By Mlondolozi Ndlovu

A campaign demanding President Robert Mugabe’s government to deliver on its mandate through sleeping at a square in Harare, has been taken to the country’s second largest city  Bulawayo where a group of activists are now ‘occupying’ Bulawayo city hall.

The campaign which started with the now missing journalist cum activist Itai Dzamara and had recently been taken by a group of youths led by the Zimbabwe activists Alliance who intended occupying Africa Unity square before being attacked by the police.

The activists were arrested by the police and later charged with robbery and obstruction of justice by the courts were they have been since granted an exorbitant $1000 bail which they have failed to  raise.

However this has not dumped the spirit of Zimbabwe’s activists as a new crop of activists led by fire brand former University of Zimbabwe President Gift ‘Ostallos’ Siziba have now occupied Bulawayo city hall.

Speaking to Radio VOP Siziba noted that though they were being worried by the strangers visiting the square they would remain vigilant and continue ‘occupying’ Bulawayo city hall.

“We the Bulawayo  occupants have been threatened by the perennial visit of unknown persons coming to the city hall, but due to the fact that our cdes are still in custody we remain committed for we know if it was us, the cdes would have done the same level of solidarity, so against this backdrop of suffering we remain committed,” said Siziba.

He further highlighted that  they would not fear anything as they were already living in poverty as such their life was worse o staying in a prison.

“We have no reason, we have been ditched by ZANU of man made Poverty to a level where prison is better than outside, we have long most confidence in this government, the poor people we occupied with confirmed that we the poor are left with nothing to eat than the rich

We can’t not be like our other cdes who have been reduced to be slaves of hope and victims of fear, we will soldier on!,” he added.

Siziba revealed that they had spent 6 days and the number of those occupying Bulawayo hall had risen to 14 claiming the numbers would increase with time.




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