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Chidyausiku dragged to court over successor

A UNIVERSITY of Zimbabwe student has dragged outgoing Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) contesting a ruling that set aside an application challenging the selection of the top judge’s successor.

BY CHARLES LAITON

Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku

Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku

Romeo Taombera Zibani, whose bid to stop the ongoing process to select Chief Justice Chidyausiku’s successor using provisions in the Constitution fell flat a fortnight ago after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), is now challenging the composition of the bench that threw out his case.

The JSC successfully appealed against a High Court judgment that sought to halt interviews for the next Chief Justice in the Supreme Court.

Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa had backed Zibani’s case, arguing that the government was already in the process of amending the Constitution to give President Robert Mugabe the sole right to pick the country’s top three judges.

On Wednesday, Zibani, through his lawyers Venturas and Samukange Legal Practitioners, filed the latest ConCourt application arguing that the appointment of retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Vernanda Ziyambi, to preside over his matter was unconstitutional.

He cited President Robert Mugabe, Mnangagwa, Justices Chidyausiku and Ziyambi as respondents.

“The appeal was procedurally set down and was heard by Justices Ben Hlatshwayo, Bharat Patel and retired Justice Ziyambi, who was included after her purported appointment, which is the basis of this application,” Zibani said.

“I submit that the fourth respondent (Justice Ziyambi) was not eligible for appointment, having reached the age of 70 and having retired in 2016.

“Her appointment was, therefore, unconstitutional.

“The appointment is in contravention of section 186(2) (of the Constitution), which reads as follows: Judges of the Supreme Court, the High Court and any other judges hold office from the date of their assumption of office until they reach the age of 70 years, when they must retire.”

Zibani averred that Justice Chidyausiku acted unconstitutionally by appointing Justice Ziyambi.

“I submit that when the Supreme Court sat to hear my case on February 13, 2017, it was not properly constituted, as there were only two judges qualified to hear the case,” he said.

“The sitting did not constitute a Supreme Court bench, as is required by law and, therefore, the judgment by that court is a nullity.”

Zibani, who was cited as the first respondent in the JSC matter, was barred from participating in the Supreme Court hearing after the judges ruled that he had not filed heads of argument to enable him to be part of the proceedings.
Justice Chidyausiku is set to retire next week.

The selection of the Chief Justice has been marred by Zanu PF factional politics amid allegations that a faction linked to Mnangagwa wants Judge President Justice George Chiweshe to succeed Chidyausiku.

However, Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba emerged as the top candidate in public interviews held by the JSC in December last year as per the Constitution.

He was followed by JSC secretary Justice Rita Makarau and Justice Paddington Garwe.

‘Bill ploy to block Malaba ascendancy’

BULAWAYO residents yesterday expressed fears that the proposed constitutional amendments on procedures for the selection of a Chief Justice (CJ) were tribally-motivated to block Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) Luke Malaba from succeeding his outgoing boss, Godfrey Chidyausiku.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

Justice Malaba

Justice Malaba

The residents said that the Bill was a ploy by the Executive to further marginalise people from the Matabeleland region by ensuring top judges from the region always play second fiddle to their counterparts from other parts of the country.

Contributing during a public hearing on Constitution (Number 1) Amendment Bill at Iminyela Hall, the residents threatened to dump the party, which would cause passage of the Bill in its current state.

Former legislator, Felix Magalela Sibanda, described the ongoing countrywide public consultations on the Bill as a formality, suggesting the Executive was determined to have it passed, despite objections raised by the populace.

“These consultations must not just be a formality. We have lost faith in public hearings, and the most logical thing is that when a headmaster retires, his deputy takes over,” he said.

“Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku is a renowned lawyer and his deputy has been very effective and passed the interviews – so why are we not promoting him to that position? We now have perceptions that these are sinister changes in the Constitution, which are tribally and regionally motivated,” he said.

Happison Ncube, a representative of local pressure group, Tajamuka/Sesijikile, said Zimbabwe was becoming “a country of fools”, where resources were being spent on public hearings on Bills which further entrench the Executive’s excessive powers.

“We want to warn you as young people that we are not going to accept any Zanu PF faction to fool us and our Constitution will not be amended,” Ncube said.

Another Tajamuka/Sesijikile member, Abigail Mukanda, described the Bill as “a delayed match whose results are already known”.

“This is what we call total madness, and this is a Zanu PF brainchild, but here you are as Parliament bringing a sponsored Bill by one Zanu PF faction. On national television all that we see is information about birthday bashes and not about this Bill or the Constitution. We see nothing to celebrate and as youths we are going to take charge of the way forward and stop this nonsense,” she said.

Another resident said it was too risky to entrust President Robert Mugabe with the sole right to appoint the CJ, his deputy and Judge President, saying the Zanu PF leader had a known history of abusing the Constitution.

Another participant, Annex Moyo, criticised Parliament for failing to translate the Bill into indigenous languages.

“Who originated this Bill? The Constitution needs to be tested by time and now there are 415 laws that need to be aligned to the Constitution, and this amendment is unnecessary. We cannot break one of the three arms of government (Judiciary) in order to strenthern the other leg (Executive). We want delegation of powers.”

Useni Sibanda said any changes to the Constitution could open floodgates to constitutional amendments.

“We do not want to see this Bill sailing through when we shunned it. Tell the President to respect us because we are his boss,” another resident said.

Tsvangirai takes war to Mugabe

MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai will this weekend descend on President Robert Mugabe’s stronghold of Mashonaland East province to meet party structures, churches, business and traditional leaders, as he concludes his nationwide consultative meetings on the proposed coalition of opposition parties.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai

MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai

Tsvangirai is punting the coalition as an indispensable strategy to dislodge the 93 year-old leader in next year’s elections.

After Mashonaland East, the former Prime Minister is expected to make a stop in President Mugabe’s home province, Mashonaland West, before concluding his countrywide tours with meetings in Harare and Chitungwiza next month.

Top MDC-T officials said Tsvangirai would spend three days meeting village heads, chiefs and other influential leaders in Mashonaland East,

starting this week, as part of his new strategy to penetrate provinces previously regarded as “no-go areas” for opposition politicians.

“He will be in Mashonaland East and will possibly make stops at Uzumba and other rural areas, where he is expected to speak with traditional leaders.

“The final programme has not been released for security reasons,” said an official.

Since the 2000 elections, Mashonaland East has been the bedrock of political violence mostly targeted at opposition supporters. Zanu PF supporters have made the province a no-go area for the opposition, particularly areas such as Uzumba, Mudzi and Mutoko.

MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu, confirmed Tsvangirai’s impending visit to Mashonaland East.

He said Tsvangirai will be consulting party structures and other interested groups on the current economic decay and coalition, among other issues.

“President Morgan Tsvangirai is continuing with his countrywide consultative programmes, where he will be touching base with local opinion leaders and getting their views regarding all pertinent issues such as the economy and political alliances, among other issues,” he said.

“As you know, he has already covered most parts of the country on a similar mission.”

However, Gutu disputed assertions that Mashonaland East and West provinces were Zanu PF strongholds, saying the MDC-T has enjoyed massive support in the areas since its birth in 1999.

“It’s a myth that Mash East is a Zanu PF stronghold,” he said.

“The MDC is the largest and most popular political party in Zimbabwe and we have got thousands of supporters in Mash East and West provinces.

“We are very confident that, just like in all the other provinces that our leader has toured to date, there will be very good attendances in all the three Mashonaland provinces.”

Tsvangirai has covered Matabeleland, Manicaland, Midlands and Masvingo, among other provinces, in his consultative meetings which started last month.

He recently announced that he was close to forming a coalition with former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First and other opposition parties.

8 most powerful pics this week – 23Feb

DANGER ZONE

Street children hang behind a moving truck along Seke road yesterday. Pic Aaron Ufumeli

Street children hang behind a moving driving school truck along Seke road yesterday. Pic Aaron Ufumeli

I WAS ONCE YOUNG & SO ON AND SO FORTH…

A tired looking President Robert Mugabe, who turned 93 this week, and is one the oldest presidents in the world, speaks at his suprise birthday party at his offices in Harare. Behind him is his portrait, taken in the 1908s when he was in his 50s

 

A tired looking President Robert Mugabe, who turned 93 this week, and is one the oldest presidents in the world, speaks at his suprise birthday party at his offices in Harare. Behind him is his portrait, taken in the 1908s when he was in his 50s

TRAGEDY

At least four people were seriously injured in Bulawayo when the roof of a building housing popular food outlet Nandos collapsed in the afternoon. The Standard understands the injured were workmen and some customers who were all ferried to hospital in ambulances. At least six vehicles were reportedly damaged in the mishap

At least four people were seriously injured in Bulawayo when the roof of a building housing popular food outlet Nandos collapsed in the afternoon. The Standard understands the injured were workmen and some customers who were all ferried to hospital in ambulances. At least six vehicles were reportedly damaged in the mishap

MUTASA & GUMBO

1-Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association Secretary General Victor Matemadanda addresses a press conference accompanied by ZimPF elders Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo and ZNLWVA spokesperson Douglas Mahiya. This came after ZimPF leader Joice Mujuru expelled Mutasa, Gumbo and other ZImPF members for allegedly colluding with Zanu PF and frustrating efforts to creat an opposition coalition to face Zanu PF in the 2018 elections. Here, the war veterans were expressing solidarity with the “expelled” founding members, and appeared to endorse them as the bona fide leaders.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association Secretary General Victor Matemadanda addresses a press conference accompanied by ZimPF elders Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo and ZNLWVA spokesperson Douglas Mahiya. This came after ZimPF leader Joice Mujuru expelled Mutasa, Gumbo and other ZImPF members for allegedly colluding with Zanu PF and frustrating efforts to creat an opposition coalition to face Zanu PF in the 2018 elections. Here, the war veterans were expressing solidarity with the “expelled” founding members, and appeared to endorse them as the bona fide leaders.

AFTER THE RAINS

Women cross the Umzingwane river bridge in Beitbridge. The bridge only became passable last week following weeks of rainfall that resulted in floods . Pic Shepherd Tozvireva

Women cross the Umzingwane river bridge in Beitbridge. The bridge only became passable last week following weeks of rainfall that resulted in floods . Pic Shepherd Tozvireva

ENTERPRISING

"Enterprising" Harare central traffic police officers are now taking advantage of the peak hour jam to pounce on motorists along one of the busiest streets, Julius Nyerere Way. The officers come in batches of up to 20 per group and armed with ticket books, sjamboks, and spikes, they target motorists who cross red robots and those that use cellphones while driving or stop after the white lines at robots. Pic Shepherd Tozvireva

“Enterprising” Harare central traffic police officers are now taking advantage of the peak hour jam to pounce on motorists along one of the busiest streets, Julius Nyerere Way. The officers come in batches of up to 20 per group and armed with ticket books, sjamboks, and spikes, they target motorists who cross red robots and those that use cellphones while driving or stop after the white lines at robots. Pic Shepherd Tozvireva

GAME OF SHADOWS

Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s shadow looms large over President Robert Mugabe’s (left) before the start of the Zanu PF politburo meeting at the party’s headquarters on Wednesday. Mnangagwa is often accused of leading a faction plotting to succeed Mugabe, a charge he denies.

Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s shadow looms large over President Robert Mugabe’s (left) before the start of the Zanu PF politburo meeting at the party’s headquarters. Mnangagwa is often accused of leading a faction plotting to succeed Mugabe, a charge he denies.

CASH CRUNCH

Pensioners queue for their for cash at POSB bank along Kwame Krumah Avenue. Some who spoke to NewsDay claimed they had been returning to the bank for six days without getting any cash. Zimbabwe is currently facing a crippling cash crisis and despite the Central Bank's introduction of bond notes and a hasty push for the use of plastic money, cash queues have remained Pic Shepherd Tozvireva

Pensioners queue for their for cash at POSB bank along Kwame Krumah Avenue. Some who spoke to NewsDay claimed they had been returning to the bank for six days without getting any cash. Zimbabwe is currently facing a crippling cash crisis and despite the Central Bank’s introduction of bond notes and a hasty push for the use of plastic money, cash queues have remained Pic Shepherd Tozvireva

Schools close for Mugabe bash

Schools in Matabeleland will be closed tomorrow to pave way for President Robert Mugabe’s 93rd birthday celebrations in Matobo the following day, a senior government official confirmed yesterday.

BY SILAS NKALA

Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora

Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora

Primary and Secondary Education ministry secretary, Sylvia Utete-Masango, said schools would be closed tomorrow only after earlier reports suggested it would be for two days, starting today.

“No schools will be closed on Thursday, but will be closed on Friday because of preparations that are taking place in Bulawayo,” she said.

“We are told by the provincial education officer that there will be a carnival on Friday, so that is why we have ordered that the schools be closed on Friday.

“It will only be for eight hours and those hours will be compensated for.”

Mugabe’s birthday bash will be held at Rhodes Estate Preparatory School (Reps) amid strong disapproval in the region.

Activists are not happy the celebrations are being organised in an area that bore the brunt of the 1980s Gukurahundi atrocities and is littered with mass graves.

Yesterday’s shock decision to close schools is likely to add fuel to a raging fire.

A local pressure group, Tajamuka/Sesijikile, condemned the move, saying the celebrations were pointless.

“No to celebrating and eating cake amid poverty and hunger,” tweeted Tajamuka/Sesijikile.

A Bulawayo resident, who declined to be named, said: “This is a sad development for Matabeleland.

“They (government) have never closed schools in other provinces, where these cerebrations were held. Why do they start doing it to us? They are always after destroying this region at all costs.”

Teachers’ unions, opposition parties and civil society groups have accused the Zanu PF government of coercing teachers, schools and parastatals to make financial contributions to the annual jamboree, organised by the ruling party’s 21st February Movement, in honour of the veteran politician.

However, last night, Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora was quoted saying schools will not be closed as announced.

Dokora comes out in defence of new curriculum

PRIMARY and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora yesterday refuted allegations that the updated curriculum was distorting learning process, saying it is going to open up opportunities for Zimbabweans to be skilful and not just be mere academics.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora

Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora

Dokora said although it was good for people to be academic, skills and other dimensions fulfilled in the updated curriculum would also make learning easy for pupils.

The minister has been under fire from different stakeholders saying the updated curriculum will damage the education sector.

“We have just opened up the space for the kids’ potentials. Every kid’s dream really should be carefully worked into a study plan,” Dokora said.

“When, like the MPs were telling me that there is 0% pass rate (in some constituencies), it is painful for me because I can see why they are asking, but I can see why they cannot understand my response.

“All they want is that these kids must pass, but you are forcing everybody into a narrow grouping of academic works. Not everybody is academic and even those that we push into academics and have 17 As, I have asked the question: What can you do (in terms of skill)?

“In short, we have educated this kid to be frustrated. They are out in the streets selling airtime because they cannot do anything. They are educated to be employed.”

He said Zimbabweans were spending too much time learning non-important things like general knowledge of “longest river in Africa, the tallest mountain in Africa, the most popular city in Africa” that did not contribute much to life skills.

In other countries, skilful youths had managed to set up successful companies that were employing huge numbers.

In Zimbabwe, Dokora said talent must be nurtured from infant school, where young pupils learn basic skills as prescribed in the curriculum.

He said the curriculum was a product of the Nziramasanga Commission of Inquiry, which made many recommendations that were, however, not implemented.

The minister said the updated curriculum makes learning pleasurable, adding those who were not well informed about the curriculum had been making a lot of unfounded allegations on what pupils and teachers are supposed to do.

Dokora said it was necessary to put policy first before other required needs in terms of manpower and facilities.

A full interview with minister Dokora will be published on Sunday in The Standard.

Grace flexes muscle

First Lady Grace Mugabe has reportedly sanctioned the removal of two of her women’s league allies from their senior positions after allegations of abuse of funds.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

First Lady Grace Mugabe

First Lady Grace Mugabe

Grace allegedly gave the nod to a resolution by the women’s league to fire her deputy, Eunice Sandi Moyo, and finance secretary, Sarah Mahoka, after allegations against the Hurungwe East legislator during two meetings held at the First Family’s farm in Mazowe early this week.

Zanu PF’s Goromonzi West MP, Beatrice Nyamupinga, reportedly moved a motion that led to the drastic resolution.

“Nyamupinga moved a motion to have Sandi Moyo and Mahoka removed from their positions for alleged abuse of party funds,” a women’s league source said yesterday.

“It could also be some sort of factional re-alignment by Grace in the succession battle.

“Mahoka is accused of abusing party funds for factional programmes, while Sandi Moyo is accused of protecting Mahoka, among others.

“Some people want the two out after claims surfaced that Sandi Moyo was overheard arguing she would not attend Grace’s rallies because they are meant to destroy the party.”

Nyamupinga could neither deny nor confirm that she moved a motion that led to action against the two.

“I do not speak on behalf of the party because I am only a provincial chairperson,” she said.

Mahoka confirmed an executive meeting of the women’s league was held, but said the Grace-led organ had no powers to discipline Sandi Moyo.

“I have no idea about anyone being expelled or removed from a position,” she said.

“We did not hold a meeting at night, but I know we held a meeting of the women’s league’s top 10 to discuss national issues.

“Sandi Moyo is an appointee of the politburo and has a great relationship with the First Lady. She cannot be removed by anyone.”

The legislator, who ruffled feathers in Zanu PF last year, when she publicly accused Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa of promoting factionalism, said she did not abuse party funds.

“I am as clean as Bob (President Robert Mugabe) and no amount of mudslinging will stick,” she said. “I am not moved.”

Sandi Moyo was not reachable for comment over the past two days. Sources said Mugabe was against the decision to fire Sandi Moyo and Mahoka.

“The President was and is still against the idea and the politburo will likely reverse it, but the mere fact that Grace has attempted it points to something brewing,” a source said.

The two have been Grace’s most outspoken backers since she entered politics in 2014 before she was elevated to lead the women’s league.

Mugabe ploughs into warring factions

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday ploughed into the Zanu PF warring factions fighting to succeed him, saying such practices were unheard of during the liberation war where positions were not acquired through canvassing.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

President Robert Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe

Mugabe, who turned 93 yesterday, was addressing his staff and service chiefs, who organised a birthday party for him at his Munhumutapa offices.

“During that time, people would vet you. There was no canvassing for positions. People would have to assess you before making their decision. We didn’t talk of G40 or Lacoste,” he said.

“If you are a leader of the people, be a true leader.”

The veteran leader has increasingly denied that age is getting the better of him, but the greater part of his speech yesterday was inaudible.

He chronicled his life history to the time he was in Ghana and his return to join the struggle for independence.

Mugabe said during that time, it was unusual to canvass for support to assume leadership positions.

Already Zanu PF is sharply divided between supporters of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and First Lady Grace Mugabe’s loyalists.

The two Zanu PF factions have been engaged in nasty fights both publicly and privately all in a bid to take over from Mugabe. The factional wars have also threatened to paralyse government business.

He said true leaders put people’s desires first.

Mugabe, who always claims he will not give up power as long as people still want him to lead, said he draws courage and support from the people and without them would never had made his achievements.

He said without people’s support, political office will be a nightmare. Mugabe said leadership required honesty and contentment.

The President said foreign investors must behave and not act as if the resources they were pursuing were theirs.
“What are we as a country if we cannot say the forests, the animals, the gold, diamonds, copper and other minerals underground are ours? If we cannot say that, then whose are they?” he said.

Mugabe said he was not a loner, as he had some friends, and that it was through God’s grace and not of his making that he was turning 93. Mugabe said his memory was still as sharp and he could retell stories that happened about 80 years ago.

Both Vice-Presidents Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko were in attendance.

The Office of the President and Cabinet as well as service chiefs donated an undisclosed amount of money towards Mugabe’s birthday and he is expected to donate that money to the disadvantaged.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Zanu PF youths toyi-toyed in Harare yesterday, claiming they were carrying out a clean-up campaign to celebrate Mugabe’s birthday.

The youths marched from the Harare provincial office up to Zanu PF headquarters, singing and celebrating Mugabe’s birthday, but at intervals they swept the streets.

Zanu PF secretary for youth affairs, Kudzi Chipanga urged youths to take up leadership positions at any level, though warning against unbridled ambition to gun for Mugabe’s post.

“It is clear that the MDC people that were voted into different councils don’t know what they are doing. In 2018, we are taking over. There is nowhere written that you (youths) cannot be councillors or MPs,” he said.

“One position, which is not for contestation, is that of President Mugabe. This is agreed in heaven and on earth that this position is for President Mugabe. Other posts you can contest, but not this one.”

Chipanga said the “clean-up” campaign was meant to show the way to the MDC-T-led councils who are allegedly failing to deliver services in the cities they preside over.

Govt cornered over biometric voter registration

THE Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) has challenged the government to come up with a clear roadmap, giving specific timelines for commencement of the biometric voter registration (BVR) process to safeguard next year’s general elections.

By KHANYILE MLOTSHWA

In a statement, yesterday Zesn said: “Given that the 2017 budgetary allocations for Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) fell far short of expectations and in the absence of clarity from the government on when the (BVR) kits will be procured, there are fears that the whole voter registration process might be seriously delayed, thereby, affecting preparations for the 2018 Harmonised elections.”

Zesn said it still firmly believed that the procurement of the BVR kits “is a crucial exercise that must be given adequate time, transparency and openness to scrutiny by all electoral stakeholders in order to instil trust and confidence and safeguard against the disenfranchisement of any potential voters.”

“The lack of publicity around the sourcing of funds for key electoral processes such as voter education and voter registration will only serve to perpetuate uncertainties around the whole electoral process in Zimbabwe,” the statement read in part.

“It is imperative that Zec, in its timelines, indicates the manner of engagement the commission will have with the technical partners especially in the rolling out of the BVR exercise.

“In addition, Zesn calls for consultations with political parties and other electoral stakeholders to ensure that the process is transparent and inclusive.”

The electoral watchdog said it was important that the whole process of procuring the BVR kits, including the selection of the vendor to supply the kits, be subjected to public scrutiny.

“Moreover, the selection process of the BVR kits vendor either by the government or Zec must be subjected to public observation and scrutiny to enhance trust and confidence in the process,” Zesn said.

“The tender process must adhere to regional and international standards to uphold integrity, credibility, openness, transparency and inclusiveness.”

MDC-T youth leader summoned over 2016 demonstration

MDC-T youth leader, Happymore Chidziva, was yesterday summoned to Harare Central Police Station and charged with organising a violent demonstration that rocked the capital in August last year.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

MDC-T youth assembly chairperson, Happymore Chidziva, (centre) arrives at Harare Central Police Station in the company of his lawyers, where he was summoned over his role in organising 2016 protests.

MDC-T youth assembly chairperson, Happymore Chidziva, (centre) arrives at Harare Central Police Station in the company of his lawyers, where he was summoned over his role in organising 2016 protests.

Chidziva presented himself to the police in the company of his lawyers, Sharon Hofisi and Jeremiah Bhamu.

Bhamu said his client was likely to be brought to court today on a public violence charge.

But, MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu, described Chidziva’s arrest as part of the Zanu PF government’s choreographed crackdown on opposition activists ahead of next year’s general elections.

“He has been arrested in connection with the #MyZimbabwe demonstration that was held on August 24, 2016,” he said.

“This just proves that the Zanu PF regime is delinquent, brutal and evil. Chidziva has got absolutely no criminal case to answer. The regime is in panic mode and they are desperately trying to spread shock and awe amongst the generality of the suppressed and toiling masses of Zimbabwe.”

Earlier, Chidziva described his arrest as political victimisation.

“Surely there isn’t any criminality when one is calling for the restoration of his country’s dignity and identity.

It is because of these calls that I, and many others, find ourselves getting this kind of unfair treatment from the powers-that-be. I am tempted to believe it’s an attempt to silence the youth voice through any means possible regardless. I am not a criminal,” he said.

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