As the protests against the current President and ruling party of Zimbabwe ensues, the Federal government of Zimbabwe has chosen to clamp down on opposition and activist by mass arrests using the iron fist.
Zimbabwe’s military and police are arresting scores of opposition party members and activists after authorities thwarted an anti-government protest last week, according to rights groups.
The Zimbabwe state agents have been accused of harassing family members of their target and also destruction of their properties on occasions where the said person wasn’t found.
Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the MDC Alliance, said dozens of its officials have been arrested or have gone into hiding.
Last week, internationally known author Tsitsi Dangarembga was arrested for a peaceful protest and spent a night in police cells before being released on bail.
Human right groups have accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa of using the COVID-19 guise to clamp down on opposition parties, thereby violating their respective human.
However, the Zimbabwean police and Government officials have repeatedly denied allegations of human rights abuses, saying those arrested or being sought by the police were inciting people to revolt against Mr Mnangagwa’s Government.
A certain investigative journalist have been under arrest for the past two weeks and has had his hearing postponed by the judge on accusations of mobilizing the foiled protests.
Another investigative journalist, Mdudzuzi Mathuthu, prominent for reporting on alleged government corruption linked to purchases of COVID-19 personal protective equipment and drugs, is in hiding.
” I am hiding like a rat in my own country for doing nothing more than my job” says Mr Mathuthu .
“Journalism is just a job, but in Zimbabwe it can be a matter of life and death.
“They have not only come just after me, but my family as well.”
The ongoing arrests were “worrying”, said Human Rights Watch director for southern Africa Dewa Mavhinga.
“Those who protested on Friday did so in small groups, yet activists are still being hunted down, it shows lack of respect for the right to peacefully demonstrate.