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Poet forms anti-govt radical movement

By Brenna Matendere

Kwekwe-based poet Nkosilathi Moyo, affectionately known as The Rebel, has launched a radical movement club of young people opposed to governance systems of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Moyo made headlines early this year when he penned a poem titled Idyai Murivo, which was a satire piece derived from Mnangagwa’s controversial advice to citizens to be vegetarians because of the high cost of meat.

In an interview with Standard Style last week, Moyo said the club is known as Midlands Revolutionary Council (MRC).

“The council will be a forum for young people who are fed up with the status quo. Its objective will be to build a collection of young people who are fed up with the status quo and are seeking to change it non-violently and through constitutional means,” he said.

Moyo said his motivation will be to amplify the youth voice in demanding public accountability and challenging politicians who are corrupt.

“There is need for a vibrant youth movement which can keep this regime on its toes. There is need for a movement which fights tyranny. It will not be a political party,” he said.

The development is likely to place the charismatic poet on a collision course with Mnangagwa’s administration whose foot soldiers in Kwekwe are a menace to opposition activists.

However, Moyo said he would not be intimidated.

“We must go back to the basics of movement building considering how party politics has failed to meaningfully focus and challenge tyranny in the homeland… We are not afraid of state security because we are not going to be doing anything wrong. We might face victimisation from people who will misunderstand us but shall remain strong,” he said.

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