John Maytham spoke to Zimbabwean pastor and social activist Evan Mawarire. He made headlines in April after initiating a protest movement #ThisFlag which gives a platform to Zimbabwean to open up about their dissatisfaction with the current situation in their country.
Mawarire's selfie videos where he talks movingly about the situation in Zimbabwe, went viral.
He says none of the things he says on the videos were scripted, and he spoke fromthe heart.
That day was the day that I came to the realisation that I failed to do certain things that I should be able to do naturally as a father for my family. I felt that my nation was standing in the way of my dreams ...— Evan Mawarire, Zimbabwean pastor and social activist
Mawarire says what he is going through in his life at the moment its the story of millions of Zimbabweans his age. He doesn't own a house or have savings because the situation in his country doesn't allow him to haev those opportunities. In a country with great mineral wealth and agricultural potential, the entire population should be benefiting from these riches, he says.
We live a life of renting in our own country where we should should own and be happy to be home. I feel like we are made to settle a bill that was paid already and thats not fair, its not right— Evan Mawarire, Zimbabwean pastor and social activist
He says when he made the video he didn't know that many Zimbabweans were at a simuilar point, where they were saying they've had enough but perhaps didn't have the courage to say it.
He says the video just "pumped up the fumes and gas" that was already there in the hearts of many fellow Zimbabweans, and triggered a movement for change.
There is no doubt that we are at the end of an era in Zimbabwe and the beginning of a new one— Evan Mawarire, Zimbabwean pastor and social activist
#ThisFlag Mawarire says, "There's a sense in Zimbabwe that whatever we're going to choose next must be something we want and can challenge."— CapeTalk on 567 MW (@CapeTalk) August 2, 2016
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