Tajamuka/Sesijikile now isolated

Tajamuka/Sesijikile now isolated
Published: 12 July 2019 (230 Views)
OCCUPY Africa Unity Square movement founding member Dirk Frey has blamed Tajamuka/Sesijikile's Promise Mkwananzi over the failed July 1, 2019 shutdown.

In an unsparing statement Frey labelled Mkwananzi a sell-out, mole, an incompetent and unimaginative cadre and an opportunist.

"If we are to be effective, we need to not only find each other and work together, we must also cut away deadwood. We must avoid and call out those that, for whatever reason, impede progress."

"Mkwananzi, with his unimaginative and ill-conceived attempts at remaining relevant, is one of those. I bear no personal ill-will, but his attention-seeking does more harm than good," he added.

This comes after teachers associations; Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions distanced their organisations from the Tajamuka/Sesijikile social movement's July 1 calls for a national shutdown.

"We saw the result of an insufficiently organised and undisciplined action in January. People died, many more suffered. The cost was high, and bought us nothing," said Frey.  

"Going after an established and well-oiled regime like the one we have to deal with, spontaneous and let's-see-how-it-goes just doesn't cut it.

"Anyone who makes any sort of call or takes part in any sort of action bears responsibility for the consequences, and so has a duty to minimise casualties, provide help for victims but most of all, people involved in such action have the primary duty to put thought and effort into it so that it takes us forward, not backward."

Frey also revealed that when Mkwananzi was Tajamuka/Sesijikile's spokesperson, he got honey trapped and made a mistake that, although not entirely his fault should have "ended his credibility."

He added: "I thought that was the last we would hear of him. Yet he popped up again, calling himself leader of Tajamuka, lovely yet imposing title, giving interviews and clamouring for attention, and basically all he and whoever's left of Tajamuka have done is try recreate their crowning glory, the Shutdown of 2016."

Frey further said that the 2016 Tajamuka/Sesijikile-led shutdown was successful as a result of luck; however, recent events have suggested that the social movement is riddled with poor leadership and planning.

"The shutdown, however, was a lucky right-thing-right-time action, and the result of wide consensus and cooperation.

"Tajamuka played a big role, but don't be fooled into thinking that it was exclusively their thing, or even their idea," Frey said.

- dailynews

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