Terrence Manjengwa Case: When Sentence Precedes Trial
29 October 2020
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29-10-2020

Terrence Manjengwa, an MDC Alliance Youth Assembly Glen View North Organizer is languishing at Harare Remand Prison for more than two months now for attending court in solidarity with MDC Alliance Vice Chairman, Job Sikhala.

Terrence’s case is one of many where activists and dissenting voices serve jail sentences without trial.

It is a new wicked tactic by Emmerson Mnangagwa’s corrupt regime to set an example on voices that dare to raise a finger on his ever blundering government.

Serving two months in prison pending trial is worse than a situation of a criminal serving the same for a committed offence.

The new evil scheme is to bundle activists and opposition figures together with notorious criminals in prisons’ D section so as to break their spirits.

This is exactly the same scenario with ZINASU President, Takudzwa Ngadziore. He had become a pimple in the ass for ZANU PF interests at Impala Car Rental by his 101 meters demonstration against abductions.

Despite Ngadziore being a mere student leader voicing genuine concerns against abduction of fellow student, Tawanda Muchehiwa, the young man had to rot in prison serving a one month sentence before trial.

Investigative journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono had to go through the same punishment for becoming a sore finger to Mnangagwa’s regime due to his hard hitting corruption expose articles.

While the likes of Terrence Majengwa are serving sentences before trial, real criminals like Obadiah Moyo, Delish Nguwaya and Priscilla Mupfumira are walking scot free due to their proximity to the President’s Office.

Manjengwa and many other political prisoners rotting in prisons dotted around the country deserve justice.

It is time that as citizens we collectively demand our freedoms and justice, for the two are never voluntarily given by the oppressor.

Terrence represents all the young people itching for a just and corrupt free society. We are Terrence and Terrence is us, hence the regime must treat his issue as a matter of urgency.

As youths, we demand for the unconditional release of our fellow comrade.

#IAmTerrence!
#WeAreTerrence!
#FreeTerrence!

Stephen Sarkozy Chuma
MDC Alliance Youth Assembly National Spokesperson

Terrence Manjengwa