Nokholo Mhluzani Matshazi

Senior Communications and Visibility Officer at National Association of Non Governmental Organizations

For the longest time, the Zimbabwean economy has been on a downward spiral. Numerous demonstrations against the corrupt system have been held and meetings have been convened to proffer resolutions. The only thing that has changed is the number of deaths and human rights violations recorded after each demonstration. The dire economic state remains the same. 

In the early 2000s, it was teachers and nurses that demonstrated for better wages and working conditions. Almost two decades later every Zimbabwean feels the pinch of a reckless corrupt government and when there is a protest youth, women, the employed and unemployed are equally infuriated. On social media, experts and others like me with scanty knowledge of economics throw in advice as to how the government can pull Zimbabwe out of the doldrums but sadly the country seems to be digging beyond rock bottom. 

With 10 years experience in communications, I’m seeking to help fellow citizens attain freedom, understand how we got here, how we can end corruption and how we can push for a considerate government that is driven to deliver sustainable peace through policy formulation and meaningful national dialogue. I see a Zimbabwe that requires each person to use their unique strengths to inspire change and freedom.