Life set to get worse from here onwards

HARARE - Real life experience in Zimbabwe informs us that violence and abusive behaviour have been the stock-in-trade and default positions of those who have wielded power in our country since independence in 1980.

This has been particularly so when these heavies’ power base has been threatened.

And if the ominous signs of the last few weeks are anything to go by, these brutes have already fallen into this deadly mode ahead of the eagerly anticipated national elections to be held later this year.

Let Zimbabweans be warned — and it is all set to get worse until after that important harmonised ballot.

It is just so sad, so crass, so barbaric and entirely unnecessary.

Just ponder over this. Political violence is exploding across the country, although — thankfully — it has not yet reached the murderous levels of 2008.

Civil society is reeling from unjust harassment and incarcerations.

And the justice system itself, often the last place of refuge for citizens is under a massive and barbaric attack — clearly intended to leave this critical pillar of democracy not just incapacitated, but completely disembowelled.

For those who do not know, the justice system includes judiciary officers such as the unfairly-targeted Justice Charles Hungwe, the beleaguered Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission that now faces a contrived crisis, and deservedly-celebrated human rights lawyers such as the indefatigable Beatrice Mtetwa — who was finally released from custody yesterday after spending eight days as an unwilling guest of the regime.

Faceless dimwits masquerading as “legal experts” are being used by the State media telling us that the judicial system requires “review” — all because brave men and women on the bench, and elsewhere, are choosing to remain faithful to their work and oaths, and choose to serve their country to the best of their abilities; without fear or favour.

In Justice Hungwe’s case, the State media has even been so gung ho as to equate his involvement with a particular case with — wait for it — treason. It’s staggering.

The sad fact is that Justice Hungwe and others are merely paying a high price for endeavouring to serve their country well and impartially.

Again, for those readers who do not know, Justice Hungwe granted Mtetwa bail but the order was ignored.

She surely was no threat to anyone — and could not conceivably have been seen as a flight risk.

Sadly and predictably, things will get worse — as they have done before.

Just as night follows day, the next “juicy” target for these savages (there really is no other polite way to describe them), will be the hated independent media, particularly their alleged nemesis-in-chief, the Daily News. Yes, we know all their evil plans about us.

Here is our promise to these enemies of our emerging democracy: They will ultimately fail in their doomed mission — and dismally too.

As for the award-winning Daily News, the country’s most credible and popular daily read by a mile, we will always serve the people of Zimbabwe and remain faithful to our motto of “telling it like it is — without fear or favour”. - Staff Writer

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