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Protestors hold up plackards against the government of Zimbabwe's alleged state corruption, media freedom and the deteriorating economy outside the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria on August 7, 2020.

South African Government Sends Envoy to Zimbabwe Amid Unrest

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently sent an envoy to meet with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa amid the widespread arrests of journalists, opposition leaders and protesting citizens.

EWN reports that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently sent an envoy, consisting of Sydney Mufamadi, Baleka Mbete and several others, to speak with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa amid mass arrests of journalists, opposition leaders and protesting citizens in the country. While the Zanu-PF led government denies there is an ongoing crisis, there continues to be public outcry from Zimbabweans who are demanding socio-political and economic changes under the online banner of #ZimbabweanLivesMatter.


READ: #ZimbabweanLivesMatter: Calls for African Union to Respond to Zimbabwean Government's Violence Against Citizens Strengthen

The envoy from South Africa was sent following mounting pressure for the South African government to intervene in Zimbabwe's continued unrest. While it is not yet clear what the outcome of these discussions were, the MDC has expressed concern over having been excluded from the dialogue despite having reportedly been in talks with the South African envoy about a meeting. In a press statement, the opposition party stated the following:

"We can only assume that the failure to meet the MDC Alliance delegation was as a result of demands made by the Zanu PF delegation. We reiterate that Zimbabwe is in a state of crisis that has been characterized by a de facto gate of emergency a crackdown on citizens, abductions. arbitrary arrests of government critics and the political persecution of journalists."

Over the past few months, Zimbabwe has been rocked by several mass protests. Initially, opposition leaders from the MDC had planned anti-government protests for July 31st, the second anniversary of President Mnangagwa's election into office. However, the protests were thwarted by Zanu-PF, with many protesters staying away out of fear. Months later, doctors and nurses then protested the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), poor salaries and inadequate resources required at hospitals across the country in the continued fight against COVID-19.

More recently, there have been protests following the arrest of several journalists and opposition leaders including Hopewell Chin'ono and Jacob Ngarivhume––both of whom have been denied bail and are still in police custody. Prominent author Tsitsi Dangarembga was also arrested and detained by authorities for her solo protest.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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