Tinashe Mufute ‘09 Offers First Hand Account of the Crisis in Zimbabwe
February 26, 2008
Mufute was 14 years old and already active in opposition politics in his native Zimbabwe. Increasingly, however, the government of Robert Mugabe was fighting dissidence with prison, beatings, torture and death. Young people were not exempt from the violence. So instead of returning to his boarding school outside of Harare, Mufute found himself on a plane to New York to live with his older brother. He enrolled at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark and because of the kindness shown by the monks there, decided to attend Saint Anselm as a politics major.
Hear him discuss his and his families’ experiences Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. in the NHIOP Reading Room. The event is hosted by the Center for International Affairs and sponsored by the Black Student Coalition
Today, his parents live Fairfax, Va., and continue their opposition to the dictatorial rule of Mugabe, someone they once considered a hero for ending colonial rule. His father, an accountant, is a member of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and returns to Zimbabwe from time to time.
Mufute still considers Zimbabwe home, although he has returned only once since leaving for New York. He majored in politics with the idea that he may someday return and help the opposition. But he is not sure when that will come to pass.
“To live in Zimbabwe today is to live in fear.” he said. “Millions of people are starving. Things are very tough.”