Viva Zimbabwe leader William Gerald Mutumanje aka Acie Lumumba has walked free from court as state bungles the law in their prosecution of yet another politically significant figure. While in this case the matter will be back in court on Monday, the blunders lay bare the abuse of courts to silence dissenting political voices.
Mutumange took to youtube to vent and link himself to the popular #ThisFlag and #Tajamuka movements. He was spotted at court among the crowd that thronged Rotten Row Courts to witness the historical release of pastor Evan Mawarire who had been charged with subverting a constitutional authority a charge that could have landed him in jail for up to 20 years.
The Zanu PF government seems to have adopted a policy of abusing the courts to settle political scores and silence dissenting voice. It is this abuse of power that has all opposition groups calling for reforms to separate state organs from partisan politics.
Here is Mutumanje in his own words: