Strive Masiyiwa Invites Followers To Respond To Human Rights Watch Boss On Social Media

Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa has urged his followers to respond to  Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, Ken Roth.

This follows a response by Roth on Facebook that the local representative of the organisation, Dewa Mavhinga, did not bully Strive Masiyiwa’s wife.

The comment follows a series of events in the past several days which saw both Strive Masiyiwa and his wife, Tsitsi Masiyiwa delete their Twitter accounts, after what Strive Masiyiwa said was bullying on the platform. Masiyiwa pointed out that one of the people that bullied his wife works “for an international organization that is highly respected for its work on human rights.” and that “It’s founder, now 95 is a close family friend.” The individual referred to has been speculated to be Dewa Mavhinga, the Southern Africa Director of Human Rights Watch. Mavhinga had responded to a tweet by Tsitsi Masiyiwa before she closed her account.

However,  Masiyiwa said Roth has admitted he is responsible for sanctions against Zimbabwe and urged his followers to respond to the Human Rights Watch boss on social media using the hashtag  #MrRothPleaseStopSanctions. Part of Masiyawa’s response reads:

No sir! Enough! Zvakwana, aisi nyika yako! “Enough, it is not your country”.  Allow us Zimbabweans to choose what tools we apply to bring about peaceful democratic change. Your methods have failed us. Since you have admitted to being the one behind these sanctions, please remove them, and find other means that do not cause so much suffering for ordinary people.  I hope my followers will now answer you going forward: Here is the hashtag: #MrRothPleaseStopSanctions. Children are dying, and so is our country. Please Sir! I will attach it to every post I make.

We publish Masiyiwa’s full response below:

Ken Roth‪ Strive Masiyiwa, I never called you a “defender of repression” despite your inaccurately placing those words in quotes. My full Tweet said the following: “Defenders of Zimbabwe Pres Mnangagwa don’t want to hear criticism of his government’s persistent repression so they pretend all critics are foreign sponsored. A cheap shot. Why not address the reality?” People can read the full Tweet for themselves here: https://twitter.com/…/status/1080462551123660800Meanwhile, your reference to Moyo is a diversion. I do not defend Moyo. I defend my colleague from the false allegations you made against him when he challenged your wife’s tweet suggesting that critics of Mnangagwa must be foreign sponsored, as I explained in my prior post.

My reply,
Young Africans sit and listen!

This is an example of a dishonest person who does not have the courage to own up when he makes a mistake.
He wants others to be accountable to him and him alone but will not be accountable himself!

Let me show you:
His headline said:

“Defenders of Zimbabwe Pres Mnangagwa don’t want to hear criticism of his government’s persistent repression so they pretend all critics are foreign” sponsored.”
He then slyly attached a link to an article by Jonathan Moyo, entitled “Moyo slams Masiyiwa”:
This was to identify me specifically as
the so called “defender”!
He did not attach an article about my wife [because to him it’s the husband who is in charge of what she said that he claims to be concerned about]!
He did not attach an article on President Munangagwa, who he claims to be concerned about!
So he picks s fight with me. I say “bring it on my friend”!

Even a child can see that, unless he thinks Africans are just too dumb to see the “dog whistle technique”, which we Black People normally associate with racists when they want to get their friends to lynch us!

It is totally condescending to talk of “targeted sanctions” when everyone in Zimbabwe knows that they were introduced 20 years ago, over the farm invasions, and not earlier over genocide by Mugabe. They are “targeted” for sure—at poor Zimbabweans — because they never affected those on the so called list!

These so called “targeted sanctions” have been like a mad man with a hammer trying to kill a fly!
Every blow:
#closed companies and factories;
#Closed hospitals to ordinary people, whilst the targets when they are sick go to Singapore and Dubai;
#Disease pandemics killing the poor and vulnerable,
# Children not able to access medicines.
# our people forced to flee to neighboring countries to scrap for food even on the streets as beggars.
#You reduced us to aid, which you are now cutting.

A once proud people bowed!

No sir!
Enough!
Zvakwana, aisi nyika yako!
“Enough, it is not your country”.

Allow us Zimbabweans to choose what tools we apply to bring about peaceful democratic change. Your methods have failed us.

Since you have admitted to being the one behind these sanctions, please remove them, and find other means that do not cause so much suffering for ordinary people.

I hope my followers will now answer you going forward:
Here is the hashtag:
#MrRothPleaseStopSanctions.
Children are dying, and so is our country.
Please Sir!

I will attach it to every post I make.

Strive MasiyiwaTsitsi MasiyiwaDewa Mavhinga

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

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

Dewa Mavhinga is the Southern Africa Director with the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch. Read More About Dewa Mavhinga


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5 comments

  1. sekuru Reply

    Masanctions haanakumboti vanhu vabe nekusakoshesa kodzero dzevanhu you are one of those stupid guys of zanu pf you are corrupt newevo strive tibvire zvedu leave Roth alone please

  2. Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) Reply

    Strive is correct. Sanctions were imposed because of the land issue, not the so-called human rights. Why were the sanctions not imposed over the Matebeland Gukukurahundi issue? Is it because this involved blacks only, not Boers who occupied our land colonially and illegally. In terms of international law, the sanctions were not via the UN Security Council. They are illegal. Racist Ken Roth and stooge Dewa Mavhinga are standing on their heads!

  3. Anonymous Reply

    Sanctions are affecting both ZANU PF and stupid MDC supporters. These stupid supporters have, are and will continue supporting sanctions on Zimbabwe BUT that will never give them power. Also time irikutofamba no improvements on upenyu hwavo zvakare

  4. Stories Reply

    True these sanctions but Econet made it though very profitably so what’s holding you back zanu

  5. Anonymous Reply

    Strive you are spot on. What is most painful is when people say things they do not even believe. I wish to see a Zimbabwe and an Africa in which people feel free to be truthful about their issues. Unless we reach that point . We will be used and abused even against our own selves. As a woman , that one of my greatest wishes. May people learn to be objective. What is right must remain right no mater from which mouth it comes. I just wish people can reach that level. Otherwise we become our own enemies. We even confuse those we would like to understand our issues. They do not know who to believe. For me , thats the starting point. Noone will make me say things that i do not believe as if they are.

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