LAST AND TUNGA’S ACQUITTAL LONG OVER DUE:MDC VETERANS
We are elated that Justice has finally been served on leaders Last Maengahama and Tungamirai Madzokere, and that they have been acquitted of the trumped up murder charges they were facing.
We believe that their acquittal was long over due, in fact they should have never been incarcerated for a crime they didn’t commit.
We are saddened by the fact that they were incarcerated for 8 years for a crime they did not commit.The Regime persecuted them for being staunch MDC Cadres.
We are angered by the realization that the court had sentenced them without considering the evidence availed to it which had bearing on the outcome of judgement.
It has now been proved beyond reasonable doubt that there is rampant persecution by prosecution in this nation. It is sad that these brothers were incarcerated because they are opposition Activists.
We also remember our heroine Rebecca Mafukeni who was jointly charged with these two leaders and who sadly passed on in prison.The state is, therefore, guilt of murdering her and owes the family and MDCA an apology and restitution. Our hearts bleed.
It is now clear that Zimbabwe is going through a torrid wave of lawfare where the weaponisation of the law to victimise and silence the voice of reason is rampant.
For the record, the people’s voices shall grow louder by the day if the Regime continues on its war path against the people. Any unjust law is no law at all and we shall not hesitate to defy any unjust and partisan laws.
We shall not remain silent while the nation burns.
We shall not remain silent while the regime shreds the National constitution.
We shall not remain silent when laws are amended to suit the incumbent at the expense of the nation.
We shall not be silent when the state coffers and resources are being emptied dry by vandals masquarading as leaders.
We shall not be silent when our freedoms and liberties are trampled upon.
We shall not be silent when foreign Nationals invade our communities, relocate our people and desecrate our traditional shrines.
We shall not be silent when we are treated as slaves in our nation yet foreign Nationals are treated as first class citizens.
WE REMAIN WHERE WE STOOD YESTERDAY, and WHERE WE STOOD YESTERDAY IS WHERE WE REMAIN TODAY! WE ARE RESOLUTE AND RESILIENT IN OUR QUEST FOR EGALITARIANISM AND CONSTITUTIONALISM.
As we join Mkoma Last and Mkoma Tunga’s families in celebrating the return of our leaders, brothers and fathers to their families, we call on the regime to release all political prisoners unconditionally. We also want to remind the rogue Zanu pf regime that justice delayed is justice denied. As much as we are happy that the fighters for freedom are out, we are bitter that it had to take more than 8 years of incarceration to get justice. It is clear that someone is deliberately punishing MDCA leaders for political expediency. It is not a crime to demand for a better Zimbabwe for us all.
We envisage a Zimbabwe where the judiciary is independent and where the Constitution is the supreme law. Above all, we dream of a new and better Zimbabwe where police would not arrest in order to investigate but investigate to arrest, and where courts would not pass weird and draconian judgements to punish opposition supporters, but pass judicious and impartial judgements. We dream of a better Zimbabwe where people are judged not by their party, colour, race, tribe, region or Creed, but by their deeds.
MDC VAA Spokesperson