Zimbabwe's intelligence agency has reportedly ordered activists who have planted banana trees in the middle of the road to submit reports over their dramatic protests.
According to New Zimbabwe, the protest by a youth organisation Vision Africa group was aimed at highlighting to government the deteriorating state of the country's road inside towns.
Images of banana trees being planted on the potholed roads went viral on social media site Twitter and the impact of their unusual campaign almost instantly led to authorities to move fast in repairing the damaged roads, reported the This is Africa earlier this month.
Although the campaign proved popular among citizens, the government was not pleased as the Zimbabwe Republic Police's Internal Security Intelligence (PISI) summoned the group's leaders for questioning.
The civic group leaders were, however, not charged for their action.
But this week, the notorious Central Intelligence Organisation, requested Vision Africa leaders to submit reports on their activities.
Vision Africa director, Trinity Matendere, has confirmed the development, adding that they were called by the agency from President Emmerson Mnangagwa's office.
"We were called by CIO using the number which we already knew belonged to the presidential office and they also introduced themselves as such. They demanded to know what we were up to and then ordered us to bring a written report on all our activities," Matendere was quoted as saying.
How do you get potholes to be fixed in your country? In the town of Kadoma, in Zimbabwe residents protested by planting banana trees in the potholes and the protest bore fruits. Kadoma Municipality is now rehabilitating most of its roads after the protesthttps://t.co/fk4MFo3zto pic.twitter.com/sQx4cIm8x0— This Is Africa (@ThisIsAfricaTIA) March 14, 2018
In Zimbabwe, youth activists working with @VisionAfricaZim planted banana trees on potholes in Kadoma City, Zimbabwe to make the local Government fix them. The roads have been fixed by them out of shame. pic.twitter.com/ZWgoG26m9w— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) March 3, 2018
This is the best thing I have heard all day. Youth activists in Zimbabwe planted banana trees on potholes in Kadoma City, Zimbabwe yesterday. to make the Local Government fix them. They were arrested and later released to meet THE ROADS FIXED OUT OF SHAME. pic.twitter.com/o1IwKFVm9f— World Publicist (@IsimaOdeh) March 3, 2018