Nkosilathi Emmanuel Moyo

"My advice to the next Shelter City Utrecht candidate is: don't rest, work HARD!!"
“The saddest tragedy of Africa is its betrayal by its own leaders. Africa it’s high time we stop blaming the West for our own mistakes.”

Nkosilathi Emmanuel Moyo is human rights defender and democracy activist based in the small mining town of Kwekwe, in Zimbabwe. From April to July 2015, Nkosie was also a very engaged Shelter City guest in Utrecht. Along with meeting with many political and academic figures and NGO representatives, following courses and giving talks, Noksie took advantage of the peace and quiet he could benefit from in The Netherlands to write his third book: “The Rise of Grace Mugabe-The Fall of Grace Mugabe (Truth telling book about Africa's First Female Dictator)”. His second book, “Robert Mugabe from freedom fighter to the people’s enemy”, quickly became a bestseller in Zimbabwe. Before his stay with Shelter City, Nkosie got into trouble with the authorities and faced state surveillance, death threats, arrest and beatings. He had to flee from his known residence and went into hiding for a long time.

Human Rights situation in Zimbabwe
After a 15 year war, Zimbabwe became officially independent in 1980. Robert Mugabe, an anti-colonial hero, became head of government and then President since 1987. Progressively, he imposed a dictatorial regime responsible for numerous human rights violations. A new constitution was approved in March 2013, but did not result in improving the human rights environment, largely due to failure of ZANU-PF, the ruling party, to implement the rights provisions it contains. Under the cover of laws such as the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) of 2002, the security forces, which are partisan to the ruling party, commit abuses against members and supporters of the opposition and civil society organisations.

Founder of Zimbabwe Organization for the Youth in Politics &  Community Human Rights Defenders Academy
Nkosie dedicated his life to human rights after realizing that young people in his community were being used and manipulated by politicians to perpetrate political violence and gross human rights violations. He founded the Zimbabwe Organization for the Youth in Politics (Z.O.Y.P) in 2010. ZOYP is a community based organization working with human rights defenders and youths who aspire to be in political leadership from across political divides. Nkosie also established the ‘Community Human Rights Defenders Academy’ where he is educating and training human rights defenders based in remote and grassroots areas to help them perform their human rights work. So far he has managed to train eighty of them.

Interview with Nkosi in a local newspaper