Tajamuka/Sesjikile

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The Tajamuka/Sesijikile Campaign is a political activist group in Zimbabwe. Their stated objective is to "address problems affecting the youth in Zimbabwe." Its most prominent leader is Promise Mkwananzi. The group gained prominence around 2016 when there were several protests in Harare against the introduction of Bond Notes.

Background[edit]

In May 2016, a local newspaper reported that a youth movement under #Tajamuka had vowed to protest in the streets of Zimbabwe until President Robert Mugabe steps down. The spokesperson of the movement is Promise Mkwananzi who is the leader of the Zimbabwe Informal Sector Organisation.[1]

Border Protests[edit]

Tajamuka/Sesjikile protested against theStatutory Instrument 64 of 2016 which banned the open importation of a list of basic commodities. See the list here The Tajamuka movement leaders where in Beitbridge during the Friday 1 July 2016 protests that resulted in the closing of the border.

Vice President Hotel Stay Protest[edit]

Members of Tajamuka together with the National Vendors Union and Restoration of Human Rights held protests at Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare in June 2016 against Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko's continued stay in the hotel.[2] Stanley Zvorwadza who leads the National Vendors Union and another unidentified activist were arrested by the police. Zvorwadza was released on $200 bail and remanded to 13 July 2016 for trail.[3]

Street Addresses[edit]

Members of the Tajamuka/Sesjikile Campaign have engaged in addressing the public in the streets for example at bank queues and bus termini. Various videos of them addressing members of the public have emerged on social media. At one time they were dispersed by the police during one of their street addresses.

References[edit]

  1. Helen Kadirire, Youths moot daily anti-Mugabe demos, Daily News, published: May 25, 2016, retrieved: July 5, 2016
  2. Thomas Chiripasi, Two Arrested In Protest To Oust Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko From Hotel "Home",VOA Zimbabwe, published: June 24, 2016, retrieved: July 5, 2016
  3. Helen Kadirire,Get out of hotel: Zimbos warn Mphoko, Daily News, published: June 28, 2016, retrieved: July 5, 2016