Zimbabwe: Mthwakazi leaders' rights abused

From bulawayo24.com:

Mqondisi Moyo who the Mthwakazi Youth Leaders Joint Resolution President and Busani Sibindi MYLJR chairperson have been given a three months suspended sentence at the bulawayo Magistrate Court on condition they don't commit a similar offense in the next coming 5 years.

The two Mthwakazi leaders have to pay a $500 dollar fine each.

Their lawyer, Mr Dumisani Dube, has indicated that he will appeal against both the conviction and sentence at the Constitutional court.

Yesterday, Bulawayo Magistrate Chrispen Mberewere Monday labeled the petition penned by the leaders of the Mthwakazi Youth Leaders Joint Resolution, Mqondisi Moyo and Busani Sibindi and 21 other demonstrators protesting against Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) for reportedly recruiting people from Mashonaland to work at Emganwini in the city as "tribalist and childish".

Mberewere made the remarks as he convicted Moyo and Sibindi for organising a demonstration against Zesa's alleged recruitment of people from Mashonaland to work in the city last year without informing the police.

Moyo and Sibindi were being charged with contravening Section 25 of Public Order and Security Act, which makes failure to give notice to the regulating authority, the officer commanding ZRP in the district, of a public meeting an offence. - See more at: http://www.bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-local-byo-44135.html#sthash.GDpYdyhH.dpuf

Mqondisi Moyo who the Mthwakazi Youth Leaders Joint Resolution President and Busani Sibindi MYLJR chairperson have been given a three months suspended sentence at the bulawayo Magistrate Court on condition they don't commit a similar offense in the next coming 5 years.

The two Mthwakazi leaders have to pay a $500 dollar fine each.

Their lawyer, Mr Dumisani Dube, has indicated that he will appeal against both the conviction and sentence at the Constitutional court.

Yesterday, Bulawayo Magistrate Chrispen Mberewere Monday labeled the petition penned by the leaders of the Mthwakazi Youth Leaders Joint Resolution, Mqondisi Moyo and Busani Sibindi and 21 other demonstrators protesting against Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) for reportedly recruiting people from Mashonaland to work at Emganwini in the city as "tribalist and childish".

Mberewere made the remarks as he convicted Moyo and Sibindi for organising a demonstration against Zesa's alleged recruitment of people from Mashonaland to work in the city last year without informing the police.

Moyo and Sibindi were being charged with contravening Section 25 of Public Order and Security Act, which makes failure to give notice to the regulating authority, the officer commanding ZRP in the district, of a public meeting an offence.

From MYLJR:

The MYLJR is expressly worried with extent of the human rights abuses Busani Sibindi and Mqondisi Moyo were subjected to in the eve of their sentence. First of all they were imprisoned and put in custody at Khami Prison, which is miles away from civilization instead of being taken to Grey which is close to the courts. They were chained with both leg irons and handcuffs as if they were the most serial killers in this country. Moreover they thrown into a solitary confinement cell with three more prisoners, making it very difficult for them to even breathe and subjecting them to severe health hazards.

The very conviction of the two leaders Busani Sibindi and Mqondisi Moyo was indeed shocking and unconstitutional let alone the sentence which both incriminates and makes the two prisoners of conscience. It is both unacceptable and unfortunate that the two were found guilty of not notifying the police and leading an illegal demonstration. This is in direct violation of their constitutional rights, moreover POSA is no longer a constitutional provision since the approval of the new constitution. Banning the two leaders from ever leading any demonstration for the next five years makes them prisoners of conscience and is a deliberate ploy to silence them and all of the Mthwakazi people from ascertaining their rights.

Photo: Busani, Mqondisi and their lawyer leaving Khami Maximum Prison. Credit: http://ezakomthwakazi.blogspot.co.uk/

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Date: 14/03/2014

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Zimbabwe

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Prisons/Crime
Law/Legislation

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