MDC calls for the immediate release of Gwisai

STATEMENT – The MDC calls for the immediate and unconditional release of human rights activist Munyaradzi Gwisai and 45 others who were arrested on Saturday in Harare on baseless charges of plotting to topple the government of Zimbabwe.\r\n

Gwisai, a former MP for Highfield, is the general coordinator of International Socialist Organisation (ISO). The arrests are a clear sign that the police are denying the people of Zimbabwe their democratically and constitutional rights of freedom of movement and gathering.

It is inconceivable for the police to assume that a mere 46 people can topple a government by simply viewing old video footage from Tunisia and Egypt. The video material is already in the public domain and can be accessed by anyone from anywhere in the world. The actions by the police are a clear sign that the guilty are always afraid.

We are concerned by the continued abuse of State machinery by Zanu PF to suppress the people’s views for narrow political gains by Zanu PF officials. We find it strange that the police can find the machinery and manpower to arrest innocent people when it is failing to do the same to Zanu PF hooligans who are fanning political violence in Mbare and in the rural areas.

As a Party of Excellence, the MDC urges the people of Zimbabwe to remain resolute and not to be cowed into submission by a partisan police force that wants to drag Zimbabwe into a failed State. We urge the people to remain united in their fight for democracy and real change.

Together, united, winning, ready for real change!!

MDC Information & Publicity Department
Harvest House