Deputy Information Minister, Energy Mutodi’s remark, that Chief Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni is an enemy of the State has been condemned.
Mutodi took to Twitter after Chief Ndiweni was freed on bail by a Bulawayo High Court judge on less stringent conditions. He wrote:
Chief Ndiweni’s release on bail proves judicial independence, a free and democratic society where enemies of the state are protected by the law.
His Excellency President ED Mnangagwa has taken the rule of law to another level in Zimbabwe.
Here are some of the responses on Twitter:
David Coltart: Enemies of the State? How can a Chief who is clearly a Zimbabwean patriot be an enemy of the State? I suggest you apologise. I find that when one is in a hole it makes sense to stop digging.
Zenzele: So # is an enemy of the state?. This is hate speech from a govt minister. This is the gukurahundi language. #
Hopewell Chin’ono: You have just confirmed what we have always known, that your government thinks of Chief Ndiweni is an enemy of the State.
How pathetic that you see everyone who disagrees with your corruption, incompetence, nepotism, theft and Mismanagement of the State as an enemy of the State!
Pedzisai Ruhanya: Energy Mutodi says ED has taken the rule of law to another level after Chief Ndiweni was granted bail by the High Court kkkkkk surely ZANU PF does not need this apo akapfeka doctoral gown, maiwe zvangu iwe!
Cde Setfree Mafukidze: I think you are psychotic my God Jehova Eriiiiiya tibatsirei this dimwit is Deputy Minister?No Dambudzo iri iDambudziko raunaro muHurumende. Energy Mutodi has the audacity to call a Chief @ an enemy of the state? How is he an enemy because he disagrees with your lot?
Adv Tinomudaishe Chinyoka: How? Isn’t the whole point of Judicial Independence precisely that President @ had nothing to do with it? With supporters like this, who needs enemies?