A Zimbabwean pastor leading a campaign against the government’s handling of the economy has reportedly been charged with inciting public violence.
His own #ThisFlag Twitter campaign feed and the state-run Herald paper tweeted that Evan Mawarire was also being charged with disturbing the peace.
Activists organised a “stay-at-home” protest last Wednesday and planned similar shutdowns this week.
It has mostly been organised on social media and WhatsApp using #ThisFlag.
Zimbabwe’s economic crisis has worsened recently, leading to a chronic cash shortage and delays paying civil servants. The combined effect of multiple groups like teachers, doctors and other professionals all striking at the same time then joined by popular discontent would be enough in other countries to force a government out. Not in Zimbabwe where the government has vowed to fight the charges of incompetency and mismanagement with violence against their own citizens.
However as the pay crisis continues and the people charged with collecting revenue for the government continue their strike, the means to pay the police and the army, the only two groups that are still being paid on a regular basis, dwindle. This can only be described as a slow moving meltdown of the Zimbabwean governement structures.