A political commentator says the ZANU PF-led government uses its critics which it “has very little regard for” such as pastor Shingi Munyeza to sanitise its egregious human rights violations.
University of Kent constitutional law lecturer and political commentator, Alex Magaisa, argues that the arrest of MDC Alliance legislator Prince Dubeko Sibanda for distributing face masks inscribed “ZANU PF must go” is a violation of his constitutional rights.
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Meanwhile, Munyeza, who spoke in support of the July 31 protests and who the government has openly accused of calling for its overthrow, has not been arrested. Magaisa says this selective application of “the law” is proof that Munyeza is being used to justify a crackdown on government critics.
The regime wants to be praised for tolerating Pastor Munyeza who is a member of Mnangagwa’s Presidential Advisory Council while at the same time it is persecuting political opponents like Sibanda who were peacefully exercising their constitutional rights.
As argued in thethe regime excels in double standards and selective application of the law. It expects commendation for being nice to someone who is in their structures while being vicious to other dissenting voices.
It’s probable the regime has very little regard for Pastor Munyeza and that statement shows the regime uses its “tolerance” of his criticism as justification for its egregious abuse of other citizens’ rights. Why else does the regime treat Sibanda and Munyeza so differently?
While several ZANU PF officials and activists have been censored by the party for their alleged involvement in organising the demonstrations, none of them has been arrested.
Meanwhile, freelance journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) leader Jacob Ngarivhume are currently languishing in prison at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison on similar allegations.