Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Nick Mangwana says that the country’s security arms will treat every citizen equally in investigating any criminal cases as no person, regardless of profession, is above the law.
The buyoant Mangwana said this in reference to Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume and political activist Hopewell Chin’ono who were arrested on Monday on allegations of inciting public violence.
“There is no profession which is above the law. Journalists are not above the law. Lawyers are not above the law. Doctors and nurses are not above the law. Politicians & bankers are not above the law. Anyone suspected to have committed a crime should be subjected to due process”.
He said that no one will be arrested for doing his or her job, but if anyone breaks the law, regardless of political station, he/she will be treated fairly before the law.
“Embassies have to respect the laws of the hosting country. Zimbabwe’s judicial system does not have a jury system and it certainly has not appointed any embassy as a juror to assess cases under our processes to come up with premature verdicts.
“Nobody is above the law including those who work closely with foreign countries as resource persons or agents. We should allow the law to take its cause,” said Mr Mangwana.
Ngarivhume and Chin’ono are among a group of activists who are planning the July 31 demonstrations against corruption.