SOCIAL movement Tajamuka/Sesijikile has scheduled monthly five-day peaceful campaigns in protest over the grinding socio-economic crisis.
BY NQOBANI NDLOVU
Tajamuka planned a similar protest last month, which failed dismally, but the group claimed it was disrupted by State security agents.
Spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi told Southern Eye the social movement has resolved to “escalate the non-violent resistance against government” through monthly five-day protests.
“Having said that, I think it was a very successful (June protest) and has triggered a series of more peaceful protests that you have seen rock the country to date. So, yes, action is coming in both rural and urban areas. It’s going to be a nationwide earthquake because the regime needs to be shaken,” he said.
“In addition, we have said from now on-wards, the 20th to the 25th of every single month is going to be a national week of peaceful action and non-violent resistance against all the mis-governance bedeviling our country.”
Last year, Tajamuka/Sesijikile and other social movements such as Evans Mawarire’s #ThisFlag successfully conducted a nationwide shutdown, which in some areas turned into running battles between riot police and protesters.
Several protesters were arrested, while others were left nursing injuries.
Mkwananzi added: “You are going to see the escalation of peaceful actions and non-violent resistance against all the ills in our society. There will definitely be a huge increase of peaceful actions against the police”.
He said Zimbabweans had heeded his group’s call to “rat-out” police officers who abused citizens.
“After our call for a video campaign against police brutality and criminality, you have seen citizens responding by recording and exposing police brutality and corruption and we are moving in to take decisive action against police officers who do not abide by the law or who mount unlawful or fake roadblocks,” Mkwananzi said.
Hapson Ncube, a Tajamuka/Sesijikile co-ordinator in Bulawayo, added: “We believe the time to take to the streets in millions has come to defend citizens’ rights.”