A week ago social media went into a frenzy when Southern Africa’s first creative hub Moto Republik shared photos and videos of City Council police attempting to pull down the infrastructure. A widespread outcry from young creatives across the board was sent out on all social media platforms and even trended on Twitter with the hashtag #SaveMotoRepublik. Though through their lawyers, Moto Republik managed to postpone the demolition of the alleged ‘illegal’ structure a petition was made and handed over to Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, who visited the hub earlier this week and promised to look into the issue since Moto Republik plans and documents are in order and there was no reason to demolish the structures.
After pleading with the public Moto Republik is currently hosting an open day which is meant to be a silent protest against demolition of the hub. The open day is a bring and share from all those participating which includes music, braais, socialising, discussions, drinks and WiFi for those at the event with a press conference that was held at middday.
Some of the participants have included musician Vee Mukarati and filmmaker Rumbi Katedza whilst the Moto Republik team that includes Cde Fatso, Lochnation and Outspoken lead the Open day in solidarity with fellow creatives.The hub is still at risk of demolition today however papers have gone to court for a ‘stay of execution’ and hopefully council will not take action.
Moto Republik is an initiative of Magamba Network and is Zimbabwe’s first co-working space for artists, creative entrepreneurs, innovators, new media activists, citizen journalists & youth activists. Over the past two years since its establishment Moto Republik has hosted a number of events for young Zimbabwean creatives including the monthly Hustler’s Market, Comexposed, Creative Mornings Harare, Women Creative Wednesday which has seen the likes of Cindy Munyavi, Rutendo Denise and most recently Ruvheneko grace the hub.