In a Facebook comment yesterday, Strive Masiyiwa said that it was sad that people had cyberbullied his wife off Twitter. He also said that his wife, Tsitsi Masiyiwa, had contributed immensely to Zimbabwe using the non-profit organization he founded Higherlife Foundation.
In his comment Strive also said that he is personal friends with the employers of one the foremost cyberbullies that hounded his wife off Twitter and bitterly said he hoped the person was happy now that she had shut her account.
Said Strive Masiyiwa:
Sadly one of the foremost bullies is a Zimbabwean who works for an international organization that is highly respected for its work on human rights. It’s founder, now 95 is a close family friend. I hope my human rights friend is happy now that he has stopped her from using Twitter. Maybe now he and others like him will stop this pathetic misogyny.
What about the rights of women like my wife to also express an opinion?
Responses from social media users have generally identified Dewa Mavhinga, a human rights and political activist, as the person he was referring to as having cyberbullied Tsitsi Masiyiwa off twitter.
Tsitsi Masiyiwa torched a twitter storm when, around December 18, she said on Twitter:
Some outcries and actions in pursuit of justice seem and look so right until you discover the source of the outcry and sponsor of the cause. Take a step back and reflect on some of the things we consider good and just causes.
Human Rights Watch Southern Africa Director Dewa Mavhinga replied:
” If you are implying that all and any outcry and pursuit of justice is sponsored then that really is sad. When your husband pursued his fight to be licensed it was a just cause. In such position of privilege, you should choose your words more carefully, lest you promote injustice.”
Tsitsi subsequently deleted her twitter account @t_masiyiwa.
Earlier in the year, Masiyiwa also torched another twitter storm when she implied that Zimbabweans had a poor work ethic and that this was bad for the country’s economy.
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Strive Masiyiwa (born 1961) is a Zimbabwean born entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of Econet Wireless International a global telecommunications group. In 2002, Masiyiwa made it to the Time Magazine List of Most Influential People, and in March 2014, he was... Read More About Strive Masiyiwa
Dewa Mavhinga is the Southern Africa Director with the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch. Read More About Dewa Mavhinga
Tsitsi Masiyiwa is an African philanthropist and the founder of Higherlife Foundation, a non-profit operating in Zimbabwe. She is wife to Strive Masiyiwa a telecoms mogul who is founder and chairman of Econet Wireless International a global telecommunications group. Read More About Tsitsi Masiyiwa