Alex Magaisa, a law lecturer in the United Kingdom has said that socio-economic and political conditions prevalent in Zimbabwe might be positioning to create a mass revolt against the government.
For him, the revolt will not be led by political parties but by the masses themselves. In trying to explain his logic, Magaisa referred to the period between 1940 and 1980 in which he observed behavioural changes due to conditions which prevailed at that time.
He observed that methods used by the native Zimbabweans to demand freedom around 1940 were very different from those they adopted around 1970. He said:
… in the early 1940s, the black Africans who spoke out were largely seeking accommodation and acceptance in the colonial set-up, not challenging its foundations. By the 1970s, however, they were challenging the entire colonial system, seeking to replace it completely and they were prepared to die … Their methods had changed and they had become far more radicalized and militant.
Magaisa also observed that like in the colonial Rhodesia, young Zimbabweans are unemployed and have nothing to lose, conditions which can push them to wage war against the government.
For him, the status quo should scare authorities but they seem unfazed.
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