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The 1873 Network in collaboration with the Africa Heritage Society (AHS) is pleased to announce that Mr. Tichaona Mupasiri (TM), has been inducted into the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) – 10,000 Points of Light (POL) for his outstanding contribution to the building of an open, accountable, and transparent constitutional order in Zimbabwe.

Mr. Jagjit Singh, the Director of the BOAF – 10,000 POL initiative said: “I am pleased to have a person of courage and conviction like Mr. Mupasiri into our community of shapers of Africa that we are all yearning for.

The reality in many African states is that public trust has eroded drastically in the post-colonial era yet there exists very few people prepared to take any step forward to hold people in public offices to account for their conduct in government.

The fact that there exists no shared understanding of what good governance is and is not, compels all of us to take notice of the role that individuals like Mr. Mupasiri play in shaping and defining a new personality of Africa that remains elusive.

I am particularly encouraged that a new consciousness is developing in countries like Zimbabwe that adds value to our collective search for the kind of state craftsmanship that is value-centric and servant orientated.”

Mr. Frederick Koomson, Director of the Public Engagement initiative of JUROL said: “Justice and truth are friends yet rarely do we encounter public office bearers who are willing and prepared to put the public in their confidence in the exercise of their duties.

The quest for justice is our duty as citizens and we are all enjoined to promote, protect and uphold the rule of law.

I am excited that the foundation that we have already laid in the building a critical mass of people who are prepared to step forward and be the face of change that is missing will augur well for the promising future of Africa.”

Mr. Mupasiri said: “I am excited to be one of the lights in Africa and to be recognized for doing that which the constitution of my country expects me to do.

It is true that my application before the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe has given visibility to the urgency and need for citizens to trade fear for active citizenship.

I hope this induction will help inspire others to use the available vehicles to test whether the promise entrenched in the Constitution that no one is above the law is alive and well.

I would rather die on my feet standing for what I believe in than on my knees begging for the rights and freedoms that are part of the constitutional promise.

Ms. Janice Greaver said: “When FOSMM launched an application to compel President Ramaphosa to take the necessary steps to ensure that the precedent set to recognize and enforce rights created by an act of state in Zimbabwe will never happen, I had no idea that this culture of using the courts to determine if the public office bearers are alive to their duties and promises would spread to Zimbabwe so fast.

Welcome, Mr. Mupasiri to the community of forward-leaning individuals.”

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