Zimbabwe Freedom Fund for jailed activists gains momentum

 

A new initiative, Zimbabwe Freedom Fund that is led by Freeman Chari is  appealing to sympathisers to donate money to help protesting citizens.
Freeman Chari
Freeman Chari

“We are starting this fund as an emergency chest that can be used to offset the financial, medical and logistical burden that may fall on Zimbabweans in the course of this revolution,” said Chari.

The money will be used for legal assistance, even though the group will also work with the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

“We have seen the rampant brutality by police and many will need medical assistance. We know that a point might come where we need to escalate our voice from shutdowns to peaceful marches and demos. God willing, this fund will be used to help mobilise people,” said Chari.

Chari said they were setting up a fundraising committee that would oversee the disbursement of the funds.

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He said his group would closely work with Tajamuka, #ThisFlag led by a pastor, Evan Mawarire, and Occupy Africa Unity Square (OAUS) which Chari said would be accountable for the funds.

Since its formation, last week , the initiative has raised nearly $600.

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