MDC Alliance’s Youth Assembly calls for the release of youth leader
By Daniel Itai, Harare, Zimbabwe
The MDC Alliance’s Youth Assembly is calling for the immediate release of Terrence Manjengwa, the Assembly’s Organiser for Glen View North who is currently at the Harare Remand Prison.
“Terrence Manjengwa, has been languishing at the Harare Remand Prison for more than two months now for attending court in solidarity with MDC Alliance Vice Chairman, Job Sikhala. Terrence’s case is one of many where activists and dissenting voices serve jail sentences without trial.
It is a new wicked tactic by Emmerson Mnangagwa’s corrupt regime to set an example on voices that dare to raise a finger on his ever-blundering government. Serving two months in prison pending trial is worse than a situation of a criminal serving the same for a committed offence.
The new evil scheme is to bundle activists and opposition figures together with notorious criminals in prisons’ D section to break their spirits. This is the same scenario with ZINASU President, Takudzwa Ngadziore. He had become a pimple in the ass for ZANU-PF interests at Impala Car Rental by his 101 meters demonstration against abductions.
Despite Ngadziore being a mere student leader voicing genuine concerns against abduction of fellow student, Tawanda Muchehiwa, the young man had to rot in prison serving a one-month sentence before trial.
Investigative journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono had to go through the same punishment for becoming a sore finger to Mnangagwa’s regime due to his hard-hitting corruption exposé articles. While the likes of Terrence Majengwa are serving sentences before trial, real criminals like Obadiah Moyo, Delish Nguwaya and Priscilla Mupfumira are walking scot free due to their proximity to the President’s Office.
Manjengwa and many other political prisoners rotting in prisons dotted around the country deserve justice. It is time that as citizens we collectively demand our freedoms and justice, for the two are never voluntarily given by the oppressor.
Terrence represents all the young people itching for a just and corrupt free society. We are Terrence and Terrence is us, hence the regime must treat his issue as a matter of urgency. As youths, we demand for the unconditional release of our fellow comrade,” fumed Stephen Chuma, the Youth Assembly’s national spokesperson.