Harare – Zimbabwean activist Promise Mkwananzi has described as “unpleasant” his recent experience in prison, but said this would not deter him from fighting for a better country.
In an interview with News24, Mkwananzi said his arrest was unlawful and unconstitutional.
Mkhwanazi, one of the most prominent activists campaigning for President Robert Mugabe to step down, was arrested during a protest on August 26 and charged with public violence.
He was released on Wednesday under stringent bail conditions, which included handing over his passport and reporting at the Harare police station every Friday.
Mkhwananzi described the country’s prisons as “filthy”, adding that they were in a “deplorable state” that could not help reform people’s behaviour.
“I was unlawfully deprived of my freedom; and our prisons are not a place to reform any person’s behaviour. I believe that our corrupt government officials should be the ones who are kept there as they have committed crimes,” said Mkwananzi.
‘My family is my priority’
He added that he was very fortunate not to have been tortured during his time in prison.
“I was very fortunate that I was never tortured during my time in jail, they are so many people who have been tortured by the Zanu PF government when they were arrested, but I was very fortunate,” said the #Tajamuka-Sesijikile spokesperson.
He said that a better Zimbabwe was possible, adding that he would continue fighting for equal opportunities for every one in the southern African country.
“I am prepared to keep on fighting despite being jailed for what ever trumped up charges they may bring. I am definitely going to be amongst the marchers tomorrow [Saturday]. We are not going to stop until the government listens to us. The ban on protests is unconstitutional and we’re going to defy it, only president Mugabe can impose a curfew, and until he does that which would clearly vindicate us that he can’t govern the country, we would continue,” said Mkwananzi.
Speaking about his family, Mkhwananzi said that they appreciated his activities as an activists.
He said that he met his wife while he was still a university student at the University of Zimbabwe. That was before he was expelled for leading student protests against the government’s unjust education policies.
“My family is my priority, and my wife does understand that I am an activist. I am a father of the most beautiful children, but I would rather not talk about my children as they would be at risk,” Mkwananzi said.