The ThisFlag movement is a campaign started by Pastor Evan Mawarire that calls on Zimbabweans to carry the country's flag with them as a sign of protest to the government for failing to provide a dignified life to its citizens.
On 20 April 2016, a few days after Zimbabwe's 18 April Independence Day, Pastor Evan posted a video to his Facebook page in which he wore the Zimbabwean flag around his neck and decried the state of the economy and what he felt was government's neglect of its duties to serve the citizens of Zimbabwe. Here's Pastor Evan's full monologue delivered in the video:
This flag This beautiful flag They tell that the Green is for the vegetation and for the crops I don't see any crops in my country Hanzi the Yellow is for all the minerals, Goridhe, diamond, platinum, chrome I don't know how much of it is left I don't know who they sold it to and how much they got for it The Red, they say that is the blood The blood that was shed to secure freedom for me And I'm so thankful for that I just don't know that if they were here They that shed their blood And saw the way that the country is That they wouldn't demand that their blood be brought back This flag They tell me that the black is for the majority People like me And yet for some reason I don't feel like I am a part of it I look at it sometimes and I wonder Is this a story of my future Or is just a reminder of a sad past Wherever I go and I put on the colours of Zimbabwe They look at me and as if they want to laugh they ask 'Are you from Zimbabwe?' Vachiseka And sometimes when I look at the flag It's not a reminder of my pride and inspiration It feels as if I just want to belong to another country This flag And so I must look at it again with courage And try to remind myself that it is my country I look at the Green and think to myself It is not just vegetation But the green represents the power of being able to push through soil To push past limitations and flourish and grow That's me My flag The Yellow yes is about the minerals But not just the minerals that are in the ground But the minerals above it You, me We are the minerals We are the value of this land The Red, Yes, it's blood But not just blood It's passionate blood It is the will survive It is the resolve to carry on It is the want to push through to see the dreams come to pass This flag And the Black The Black is the night sky That which we emerge from and we shine It is the brilliant colours It is the wonderful and lovely fruition of everythinig that we have ever hoped for It needs a black for it to be visible This flag It is my country, My Zimbabwe We go through so much We don't look like much even now but there is promise in it I will fight for it I will live for it and I will stand for it This is the time That a change must happen Quit standing on the sidelines and watching this flag fly And wishing for a future that you are not at all wanting to get involved in This flag Everyday that it flies it's begging for you to get involved It's begging for you to say something It's begging for you to cry out And say why must we be in the situation that we are in This flag It's your flag It's my flag This flag.
The video went viral garnering more than 100,000 views on Facebook, and Zimbabweans identifying with his message posted pictures of themselves wearing the flag around their necks or just carrying it around.
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Undenge Must Go Petition
On 13 June 2016, Mawarire invited disgruntled citizens to sign an online petition to force Energy and Power Development minister Samuel Undenge to step down over allegations of mishandling public funds through tender irregularities. In a Facebook post Mawarire said,
"Download #UndengeMustGo petition form here. Get your friends and family to sign it, scan it and email it back to email@example.com"
Meeting RBZ Governor
In June 2016, Pastor Mawarire together with other citizens such as Vince Musewe and lawyer Fadzayi Mahere among others, met with Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor John Mangudya concerning the introduction of the bond notes. Mawarire gave the opening remarks and reiterated that the citizens did not want the bond notes.
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Other Videos From The Meeting With RBZ Governor
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This Flag leader posted a video on social media encouraging people to stay at home on Wednesday 6 July 2016 as a means of protest against the government.
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