Tsitsi Dangarembga, prize-winning author, 2020 Booker nominee, and film director has been arrested in Zimbabwe. President Mnangagwa locked down access to Harare city centre. Importantly, protestors are being arrested. Defence forces are on duty to ensure no protest takes place.
Tsitsi Dangarembga wrote Nervous Conditions
Tsitsi Dangarembga’s novel Nervous Conditions shot her to fame. Ironically, today there are a lot of nervous conditions in Zimbabwe. Access to the city is barred. Additionally, several brave souls stood on the streets outside their homes with placards. Reports are coming in suggesting they have been apprehended. Also, amongst those arrested with Tsitsi is the MDC Spokesperson, Fadzayi Mahere. Additionally, two men, Hopewell Chin’ono and Jacob Ngarivhume (Transform Zimbabwe Party) were jailed last week for calling for a peaceful protest.
Former President Robert Mugabe resigned in a soft coup. As a result, Zimbabweans flooded the streets waving flags, hugging each other, and weeping for joy. President Ed Mnangagwa assumed the Presidency attempting to legitimise it via a swift election. Importantly, the election was not free and fair according to Zimbabweans. Within the first 6 months of ruling, Mnangagwa had people working on roads and improved conditions at the border posts. Once duly elected, everything came to a grinding halt. Clearly, he and his cabinet, having watched how Robert Mugabe stole everything he could from his people, set about doing the same.
Tsitsi managed a few final tweets.
An early tweet says prisoners were denied access to a bathroom. This is her penultimate tweet.
Note a lack of water. Ironically, lack of water delivery is one of the items protestors were objecting to.
Tsitsi’s final tweet is devastating.
Tweets and Facebook videos are disappearing rapidly from social media. Additionally, Mnangagwa threatened an internet blackout in Zimbabwe today.
Zimbabwe gained its freedom from colonial rule to great acclaim in 1981. Backed by both the Chinese and Russian Communist powers, the social edict promised to its people failed dismally. No running water, no power, no fuel, no medicines, no doctors, no COVID-19 relief, this sovereign state has abandoned its own people. Seemingly, it is now at war with them.
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