The Zimbabwean educator and humanitarian is one of 10 “Statues For Equality” created by sculptors Gillie and Marc Schattner. Trent’s statue depicts her with her arms aloft, surrounded by the flame lily, the country’s national flower.
“The disappointment just keeps getting worse and worse, unfortunately,” said the official, speaking on background to reporters. “The government seems to be getting even more violent in their response to any form of opposition.”
The street march in Bulawayo was called by the Movement for Democratic Change’s (MDC) as it looks to rally support nationwide against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, which it accuses of repression and blames for the country’s worst economic crisis in a decade.
“... A black Zimbabwean CIO agent and a white Zimbabwean, ex-Zimbabwean businessman sitting in a truck in a parking lot in Johannesburg to say we've got a plan ... They wanted to support the Lacoste faction and have Mnangagwa as the new president of Zimbabwe ..."
“… It is a profoundly dangerous precedent. If we set ourselves on a slippery road of jailing magistrates, judges and chiefs exercising a judicial function for having made decisions we don’t like ... we will destroy the fabric of the rule of law."
"But now with the economic challenge, with one community where a child has to sell maputi [roasted corn], for example, and they don't bring any income because nobody bought from them, then the parent rewards those who sold, with food. And the one who did not sell ... how do you expect to eat?
“The president's supposed to be the face of the United States of America ... And supposed to make everyone be proud to be an American and stand up for everyone who is an American. And I don't feel that President Trump's doing that. I feel like it's chaos."