Activist gets new legs

Now that he is able to walk unaided for the first time since birth, exiled human rights and political activist, Brian Muziringa, has pledged to fight harder for the lives of migrants suffering human rights violations here.

Brian Muziringa.
Brian Muziringa.

The 33-year-old is grateful after well-wishers raised R120 000 to buy him a new set of artificial limbs. Now that he is able to walk, Muziringa said he would be more in involved in protests that highlight the problems in Zimbabwe and subsequently seek solutions.

The MDC (South Africa) Provincial Youth Assembly Secretariat for Labour and Social Welfare is also the Publicity and Information Secretary of the Zimbabwe Youth Wing.

“My failure to walk unaided was hindering my activities. Now that I have my confidence back and am able to walk unaided, I aim to be more involved in the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe. I will now be able to organize and participation more protests to highlight the suffering of Zimbabwean nationals at the hands of police and the Department of Home Affairs,” he told The Zimbabwean.

Among the problems that led to the Chitungwiza-born activist leaving his country in 2001 were the challenges the health sector faced during the political and economic meltdown.

“This led to a lack of orthopaedic treatment at Parirenyatwa Hospital, the only health centre in the country to offer such treatment. I had no option but to leave for South Africa and seek refuge at the Central Methodist Church,” Muziringa said. He paid tribute to the Solidarity Peace Trust for helping him get his new legs.

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