Zimbabwe Freedom Fund
Team Member: Sicelo Mdluli
Freeman Chari wrote -
Zimbabwe is undergoing major social and political revolution. Zimbabweans are finally gaining their voice. They are demanding accountability, transparency and responsibility from their government. Unfortunately, the people in the government are arrogant and intransigent. They have been sending police and intelligence operatives to terrorise Zimbabweans who are peacefully demanding their rights. We are starting this fund as an Emergency chest that can be used to offset the financial, medical and logistical burden that may fall on Zimbabweans in the course of this revolution.
WHAT WILL THE MONEY BE USED FOR ?
- Legal assistance like bail and food for those arrested. We intent to work with Zimbabwe Lawyers For Human Rights and Abameli so that while their efforts towards legal representation, we as Zimbabweans shoulder the costs of bail and food that may come with this undue incarceration that we have seen.
- Medical assistance. We have seen the rampant brutality by police and many will need medical assistance.
- Logistical support. We know that a point might come where we need to escalate our voice from shutdowns to peaceful marches and demos. God willing, this fund will be used to help mobilize people.
WHO WILL BE ACCOUNTABLE
We are setting up a fundraising commitee, which will oversee the disbursement of the funds. In particular we are working with
- #oaus - Occupy Africa Unity Square
They are coordinating the efforts on the ground and they will be accountable for the funds.
We will be posting regular updates as to the progress made.