"The words are everywhere. Zvakwana! Enough is enough! Scrawled on walls and street signs: printed on matchboxes and clothes pegs. From the cities to the towns and through the villages all across Zimbabwe, this message - of hope and defiance - is slowly spreading. It's making the authorities nervous," said Dylan Matthews in the New Internationalist (March).To comprehend.
Zvakwana, he explained, means "enough is enough" in Shona, and is "a network of ordinary people who are encouraging Zimbabweans across the country to get up, stand up and speak out" about the issues confronting them:"poverty, hunger, unemployment, lack of healthcare, failing education and the root cause of all of these problems, bad governance".
The autocratic regime of Robert Mugabe is known for its corruption, but "it is difficult for outsiders to comprehend the magnitude of the leap backwards that Zimbabwe has taken in just a few years", said Matthews. "Imagine a government that claims that unemployment stands at 9% when more than 70% of the employable population is out of work. Or a country where inflation stands at 150% (the highest in the world)."