Amnesty International has come under fire for seeking to undermine the country’s constitution by calling on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to direct the judiciary to release political activist, Hopewell Chin’ono, who was arrested for allegedly disseminating falsehoods.
The Constitution of Zimbabwe is clear on the separation of powers of the executive, parliament and the judiciary and any interference on any one of these pillars is unconstitutional.
Advocate Obert Gutu reminded the organisation that in line with the doctrine of separation of powers, the President has nothing to do with detention or trial of suspected criminals.
“It is entirely up to the judiciary which is independent of the Executive to carry out due process and prove beyond doubt that Chin’ono and other political activists are innocent or guilty.
“Government is right that President cannot interfere in the legal process by the Judiciary,” he explained.
He castigated Amnesty International saying they are behaving like a political organisation, seeking to use the Chin’ono arrest to attract adverse publicity from their Western sponsors.
“Some of these NGOs are no longer NGOs, but they have turned out to be political organisation and advocates of beaming lies to attract adverse publicity from their western sponsors, as advocates of human rights.
“Amnesty International should know better how state pillars operate.”
Utterances by Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southern Africa that Hopewell Chin’ono’s continued pre-trial detention is a violation of his human rights has also been dismissed as absurdity in the extreme by Zanu PF National Spokesperson Ambassador, Simon Khaya Moyo.
Ambassador Moyo said all citizens who are suspected to have committed a crime in Zimbabwe are subject to due processes of the law regardless of their political affiliation.