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Vol 57 No 17

Published 26th August 2016


Patriotism, politics and position

The patriotic pastor is in exile but opposition parties are regrouping to keep up the anti-ZANU-PF momentum

The euphoria created by the #ThisFlag campaign, which mobilises tens of thousands of supporters and is spearheaded by the now-exiled evangelical Pastor Evan Mawarire, is likely to fizzle out unless the divided opposition parties can capitalise on the mass demand for change. Many of the protestors who took to the streets in Harare, Bulawayo and Gweru are as critical of the traditional opposition parties as they are of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).

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