The leader of opposition MDC Alliance, Nelson Chamisa has told President Emmerson Mnangagwa to “stop persecuting dissent” after MDC Alliance youth leader Makomborero Haruzivishe was convicted on charges of inciting public violence.
Makomborero who was arrested in February and charged with kidnapping, participating in a gathering with intent to commit public violence, and breaching peace or bigotry, was Wednesday convicted on inciting public violence charges when he appeared before Harare Magistrate Mary Taruvinga.
Posting on Twitter after the pro-democracy campaigner was convicted, Chamisa said told president Mnangagwa to understand that diversity was a conducive environment for the growth of the nation. He said:
Our inability to resolve our differences peacefully & fix broken politics is costing us opportunities to make Zim great. @ accept and embrace differences. Diversity is the substance of human existence. Stop persecuting dissent. Dissent strengthens. Diversity is profitable!
Meanwhile, the MDC Alliance Youth League has claimed the judiciary in the country was compromised adding that it was an appendage of the ruling ZANU PF. In a statement, the league said:
In a clear confirmation of our long-held view that our courts are now an extension of Zanu PF, a Harare Magistrate at Rotten Row convicted our National Executive Committee member, Makomborero Haruzivishe of a spurious charge of ‘inciting violence’.
It is crystal clear that the Miranda at Rotten Row is now capsized and the once revered judiciary institution is churning out rotten pronouncements dictated from Zanu PF headquarters.
As the MDC Alliance Youth Assembly, we want to make it clear that the conviction of Haruzivishe is unacceptable and must never be tolerated.
Incidents of the brutality of state security forces on the citizenry, opposition, and rights defenders since 2018, has often been used to support the view that the government was deliberately acting to silence critics.
A number of abductions by suspected state security forces were reported in the past three years, but, the state denies involvement.