Opposition MDC Alliance activist Makomborero Haruzivishe was Tuesday morning sentenced to effective 14 months in prison for incitement of violence after he had demonstrated with colleagues demanding the release of ZINASU president Takudzwa Ngadziore.
The jail term has sparked varying responses with some saying the government is just trying to silence dissent.
MDC Alliance Vice-Chairperson, Job “Wiwa” Sikhala is one of the people who have reacted to the sentencing saying the development would not stop the democratic wave. He said:
The jailing of @ will never stop the wheels of change whose time has come. This is pure cowardice by a regime whose mark of a beast is oppression and human rights abuses. All progressive forces will stand with him to the bitterest end.
MDC Alliance Vice President, Tendai Biti just said a “very dark cloud descends on the motherland.”
Others said the sentence was just unfair because there are many people who committed grave crimes who are still walking freely. One Che Guevara said:
24 months for blowing a whistle yet some thugs and murderers are walking free.
While others suggested that the administration led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa was worse than that of his predecessor, the late Robert Mugabe, in terms of violating human rights, others said Zimbabweans are too forgetful.
One Albert Mashoko @mashoko_albert said Mugabe was actually worse because “he abducted and killed opposition supporters for voting against him.”
Others used the case of Itai Dzamara to justify that Mugabe was worse than Mnangagwa.
Dzamara is a Zimbabwean journalist who was allegedly abducted by suspected state security agents in 2015 after staging anti-Mugabe protests and he has never been seen since then.
Meanwhile, some said dictators will never learn from the fate of those who were there before them. One Hon Hwende ChrissoZW said:
Gadaffi never saw his day coming, but it did. Power belongs to the giver not the receiver. Anyday it can be taken away, use it sparingly