Former Zimbabwe Chief of Staff in Prime Minister’s office and former adviser to Zimbabwe’s constitution-making team Alex T Magaisa has accused the Zanu PF led government of using the law to oppression citizens.
Magaisa said the government is using a lawfare strategy to silence citizens who criticize them.
According to Magaisa, it appears that the government is not willing to release detained political activist Jacob Ngarivhume and award-winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono because it has taken the law as a weapon of silencing the masses.
Magaisa said the delaying tactics used by magistrates to grant Mgarivhume and Chin’ono bail is all done to install fear in journalists and activists who might criticize the government.
“Lawfare: When the law is an instrument of oppression. Last week the magistrate was unavailable. Today, Jacob Ngarivhume’s fresh bail application is heard & the magistrate says he needs FIVE days to make a decision. This is cruel. It’s an utter disgrace #ZimbabweanLivesMatter”
“Magistrate Utahwashe will on Friday hand down his ruling on Jacob Ngarivhume’s fresh bail application based on changed circumstances. The system has no intention of releasing Jacob Ngarivhume and Hopewell Chin’ono from prison. And judges, magistrates and prosecutors, the same system that’s supposed to be fair and just is complicit in the persecution of these political prisoners. It’s disgusting” Magaisa said.