Thabitha Khumalo, National Chairperson of the Movement for Democratic Change – Alliance (MDC-A) and six other members of the party was today, arraigned, arrested and detained in Bulawayo. She was arrested as the MDC-A was scheduled to hold a freedom march in Bulawayo. However, she was instead incepted by the authorities.
Where she and the six others was charged with giving out leaflets of “Free Zimbabwe Campaign” on the 17th August 2019. In these leaflets, the state also found out that it accused, that the July 2018 elections were stolen, which the state claims is false.
This is the sort of state, the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) is up too. Using the state, the courts and the authorities to silence the opposition. Stop them from demonstrating and even using their civil liberties. This is what the state does.
Khumalo is now charged with something many claims, something that many people does, because of how the July 2018 elections was done. It is not just a mockery of the supposed legitimate government, but questioning the way the second republic was ushered in. From the November 2017 coup d’etat to the July 2018 polls.
MDC-A and its Presidential Candidate Chamisa have questioned this all along, which is natural, as the state has done whatever it can to muffle with any dissident. This is not a new tactic, but an old one, that the ZANU-PF learned from the Rhodesian governments too.
We are now seeing open bazaar oppression from the ZANU-PF, where the opposition is fair-game. They can be taken for anything or charged over nothing, which happens to be simple uttered words or leaflets. While the government can come with threats and warnings with no consequence. This is the state of affairs and the leadership doesn’t care.
It isn’t a new dispensation, just a new head of state, who likes to be a relic, a head of oppression and silencing his enemies. Peace.