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Crackdown on opposition legislators continues

By Staff Reporter

The persecution of opposition legislators continues with the recent arrest of Harare West legislator Joanah Mamombe and Godfrey Sithole (Chitungwiza North).

Mamombe was arrested while in Nyanga on Parliamentary business and Sithole handed himself at Makoni Police station.

The two legislators are being charged with trying to subverting a constitutionally elected government.

Sithole was in hibernation since the shutdown that happened this year in January while Mamombe, on the other hand, has been attending Parliament business.

Speaking to this publication political analyst Taurai Halawa said these arrests and persecutions are a clear indication that there is no democracy in the country.

“This arrest and persecution should end forthwith, we cannot say that we are in a new dispensation while we still persecute lawmakers,” said Halawa

The January shut down has seen several MDC Alliance legislators and human rights activists being arrested and charged with various charges.

MDC Alliance legislators such as Amos Chibaya, Settlement Chikwinya and Lloyd Mukapiko have been arrested in relation to that shutdown and are currently before the courts.

Mamombe is expected to appear in Court 6 at Rotten Row Magistrate’s Court on Monday (4 March 2019) while on the other hand Sithole has been remanded in custody and is expected to make his bail application at the High Court.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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