In the last two decades, civil society has made significant strides in giving communities a voice to challenge governments and be involved in governance processes. The 2011 Arab-Spring, a by-product of such process proved effective and sustainable in toppling tyranny in North Africa. The observable trend has been that the contribution and participation of civil society both in the implementation of their mandate and in the digital space is heavily restricted as a result of government interference, persecution and retaliation. This has resulted in the forced suspension of civil society organisations, unwarranted raids, shut down and the arrest of human rights activists such as Bobi Wine of Uganda and members of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions of Zimbabwe.
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