Day 1 of Zimbabwe’s Revolution — 6 July 2016

On the 6th of July 2016, Anonymous Africa shut down the Zimbabwe government’s websites.

In a time when we thought we had nothing but our anger, that happened. We discovered power — weapons. We discovered that we can fight back; that we are not powerless.

Wherever you’re sitting right now, whoever you’re with, say something. Show support for the stay-away. Speak what you want (for our country) into being. Say it.

Stop telling us what you don’t want.

Stop saying ‘let’s not be violent.’

Say ‘I want peace in my country and I will do my part to achieve it,’ if that’s what you mean.

United we can work miracles, but we cannot unite if we’re not sure of each other, if we’re not sure that we all want peace in our country. If we don’t start having these conversations openly, conversations about Zimbabwe’s future and what it will take to realize it, we are doomed to fail.

The revolution will be televised, one way or another. If the national broadcaster can threaten jail for the ‘abuse’ of social media, that tells us a lot about what they fear most. Know your enemy’s fears and exploit them.

The revolution will be facebooked. Yes you commented on others’ posts and shared links; ask yourself why you did not write your own post. Ask yourself what your part will be in the revolution. If facebook is what you have, use facebook.

Bloggers. Did you blog about this? About what you saw and heard; about what you felt? About what you thought about what you saw and heard, and what you felt about what you thought? Is it still to raw? Igetchu. Send the link when the post is up.

The revolution will be tweeted. Oh yes. Believe it. Tweets today were sources of information. Did you tweet? Were you a source of information?

The revolution is here. No matter how long it takes, today will be the day it started. Where were you? What did you do? What did you say?

We’ve been avoiding this question for far too long. The question of: mina ngizakwenzani? Well, today you need to answer it.
The Zimbabwean diaspora is wide and Zimbabweans are scattered worldwide; sibanengi esingekho ng’khaya. That does not mean that this is not our war too, it does not mean that we are voiceless and powerless. The question is: what shall you say with that voice?

The revolution is going to be televised. And it will play out in real time on social media. Information (and mis-information, so be careful) will spread quickly and efficiently, and everybody who has something to say will have somebody to say it to. Ask yourself: what will you say?

Will you be the voice sowing doubt and fear, asking -singa tshaywa ke? Will you be the voice calling itself that of reason -kuncedangani? Will you be the call to arms -asitshiseni? What are you going to say?

Iqiniso yikuthi this was Day One. The time is now. The revolution is now. It is being televised (?). Facebooked. Tweeted. It is being written down for future generations. What will you say you said? What will you say you did?

When the annals are opened and they turn to you and say ‘let’s see your timelines from back then,’ what will your record look like? We have a Zim equivalent to ‘Where were you when JFK was shot?’ It is ‘When the revolution began, where were you?’

#ShutDownZim is the shot that was fired, and this one, too, was heard around the world, whether or not the world realises what it just heard.


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