By Staff Reporter
Harare, July 13, 2016 – The shut-down called for Wednesday and Thursday by pro-democracy activists failed to become the success that it was a week ago after the state this past week launched a fierce onslaught on the organisers.
The situation in Harare was almost normal after government on Tuesday announced it was going out in full force to deal with any demonstrators.
At its peak last Wednesday, shop owners shut their business, schools closed and commuter transporters also packed their vehicles.
The boycott was called by pro-democracy activists, top among them #ThisFlag campaign pastor Evan Mawarire and #Tajamuka activists led by former student leader Promise Mkhwananzi.
Zimbabweans are angry with their government for decades of failed leadership, which has culminated into massive poverty, joblessness and recently, a crippling cash crisis.
Citizens are also angered by the Robert Mugabe led government’s failure to deal with high level corruption which have seen ministers and other top government officials cream off state firms usually with no consequences to the culprits.
Government has instead turned its swords on citizens who have grumbled over the injustices, culminating in the arrest in the past week
Mawarire was arrested Tuesday for allegedly inciting public violence and was set to appear in court Wednesday.