It’s a common knowledge that all isn’t well with Zimbabwe, the economy of the country is ugly to such extent that the nation’s ancient leader have to once, commend the people of Zimbabwe for their resilience and ability to survive the
For instance, Zimbabwe Nurses Association lamented that they “do not have transport money to go to work, which simply means that we will be home starving without even food.”
But in the face of the economic distress, affliction it is unwise to stand up against the old leader who is making almost all of the key economic decision in the country. No one dares to challenge Mugabe or raise a placard in protest against the 91-year-old leader. For within “The Public Order and Security Act” of Zimbabwe’s national laws, criticism of the President, whether his person or his office is a criminal offence.
Itai Dzamara, a journalist who evolved into an activist and staged a lone protest against Mugabe, was abducted from a township barber shop nine months. Dzamara who normally stand in central Harere’s Africa Unity Square, holding a placard condemning Mugabe’s government has essentially disappeared since his abduction.
And presently, a pastor – Patrick Mugadza who was arrested for holding a placard informing the President that the people are suffering, and thereby referring Mugabe to a bible, has been living in prison for two weeks as he can’t afford the $500 bail fee he was granted.
According to reports, the 45-year-old pastor was arrested in Victoria Falls during the ruling Zanu-PF annual conference earlier this month. He was reportedly, holding up a placard saying, “Mr President, the people are suffering. Proverbs chapter 21 verse 13”. The bible passage reads; “whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.”
Pastor Mugadza was subsequently charged with criminal nuisance, but was granted a $500 bail. A statement about this incident by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights related that Patrick Mugadza had been unable to raise the money for his bail and have been languishing in prison since then. Meanwhile Lawyer Thulani Nkala recently applied for the pastor’s bail fee to be reduced to $50.