By Daniel Itai, Harare, Zimbabwe
Tsitsi Dangarembga, the internationally acclaimed writer, film director and human rights activist has since argued that the southern African country is still to get its total independence.
This follows a series of accusations by various civilians and civic organisations against the state and government over human rights abuses, torture, intimidation, suppression of freedom of expression, abductions and racketeering amongst others.
“Uhuru has a meaning beyond political independence. Are we as Zimbabwean experiencing that political independence?
The focus of the state is political independence which is part of Uhuru not Uhuru so it’s really important for citizens to remind the state that Uhuru is not only about political independence but the freedom of the people and the building of the state. Political independence is one thing but freedom of the people has to be guaranteed,” said Dangarembga.
Regardless, the governing party ZANU-PF, as well as the country’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, have constantly rubbished the accusations of gross human rights violations.