Makomborero Haruzivishe is a young political and human rights activist who may face up to 20 years in jail on charges of resisting arrest and inciting public violence. Each of the charges Makomborero faces holds a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Makomborero’s lawyer Kossam Ncube told Voice of America:
The court has an option to impose a fine or sentence him to 10 years on each conviction or both a fine and a sentence.
This is a sad day for freedom of speech and freedom to exercise a citizen’s constitutional rights. If Mako committed a crime, his crime was demanding a better society, demanding that state agents and private contractors be held accountable for human rights abuses. Makomborero and his fellow activists were initially arrested on kidnapping charges as law enforcement accused the group of gaining illegal entry into Impala Motor Spares and prohibting people from entering or exiting the premises.
Makomborero was arrested for just exercising his constitutional right of freedom of speech. He was taking part in a democratic protest against the brutal government holding a placard written “ED must go”. In Zimbabwe, it has become a norm that anyone who exercises their right to freedom of speech and speaks up against humans rights faces harassment, torture and jail. The government of Zimbabwe continues to target young politicians activists mainly from the MDC Alliance led by Advocate Nelson Chamisa. The future of young activists is at stake with ZanuPf regime. Unfortunately, the Regime will have to simply get used to the fact that youth will not give up, the movements will not stop. They simply want to fight to get back power into their hands and make a change that will rebuild past generational structures of oppression.
Makomborero will be sentenced on Tuesday the 6th of April.
The struggle continues