Mugabe's govt pressing self-destruct baton

HARARE - The arrest of popular leader of #ThisFlag campaign — Evan Mawarire — who is leading a movement for citizens remonstrating against the deteriorating economic situation in the country is a sign of desperation by the government.

Mawarire has been charged with inciting public violence and is expected to appear in court today on this charge which carries a fine or a prison term not exceeding 10 years.

“(Evan) Mawarire is believed to be in possession of a stolen police helmet, baton stick and other subversive material which he used to incite public violence on 6 July and for intended use on 13 July 2016 for public violence,” police said as they arrested the local pastor.

Surely, how can a government stoop so low in its bid to stop citizens from expressing their constitutionally-given right of demonstrating, that it can use these ridiculous and scurrilous allegations against a peaceful man of God.

Yes, the State’s evidence must be tested in court and we are not there to instruct police on how do their job.

But this baloney and disgraceful conduct must be condemned in strongest terms because it betrays a panicking government that is using the police as a repressive tool against the people that it should be protecting.

For the record, Mawarire has been, at least publicly, been urging peaceful demonstrations against government and there is nowhere where he has acted in a manner which encourages or incites public violence.

His videos, all posted on broadcasting channel — You Tube — testify to his peaceful messages.

We find the conduct by police very shameful and disgraceful to a country which has one of the world’s most respected human capital.

The arrest of Mawarire clearly exposes the police as a tool for crushing and muzzling free expression and is a violation of the rights which the populace advocated and fought for as affirmed by the Constitution.

History has proved that no government has ever won a war against the people who voted it into power.

What is unravelling before us is a sign that Zanu PF has run out of ideas.

It has installed its modus operandi — using repressive tools against their own people in typical Ian Smith style.

President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF should be addressing the people’s concerns not intimidate them.

History will judge these people harshly.

Zanu PF has taken a dangerous path,  fighting its own people in a game where there can only be one winner — people power!

Comments (1)

Mugabe and his ZANU PF thugs pressed their self destruction button a long time ago. They are simply waiting for their fate. They can not control anything now. The endgame is going to finish off everything and deliver freedom to all Zimbabweans.

Zvichapera - 13 July 2016

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