Gwisai Wife Speaks Out On Husband's Arrest

Santha Bloem said this in an interview Tuesday morning with the Doha-based Aljazeera news agency.

“To arrest a group of people engaging in an intellectual discussion on issues happening in Africa and the world is just paranoid,” said Bloem who was flanked by her son.

Gwisai, a former MDC MP and coordinator of the International Socialist Organisation (ISO) was arrested while addressing a meeting in central Harare. Together with 44 other activists comprising of both men and women some of whom are on HIV and AIDS treatment, he is being charged of treason for plotting Egypt style protests in Zimbabwe.

“The treason charge is terrifying and ludicrous,” said Bloem.

Bleom said her husband, who teaches law at the University of Zimbabwe, always uses films and projectors in his meetings to discuss global issues and the meeting which led to Gwisai’s arrest was nothing out of the extraordinary.

“He has regular meetings, he is a law lecturer who does a lot of community work,” Bloem said.
She said she is terrified that the legal process might be very long before her husband is released from prison.

“I am terrified because the process could take two to three weeks before they could get bail, they have been badly treated and the fact that they are to spend more prison time is terrifying,” she said, adding that she will try and get the help of the United Nations Rapportuer on torture.

Meanwhile some of the arrested activists who claimed to have been tortured while in police custody where denied medical treatment by a stand-in magistrate on Monday. They were expected to appear in court on Tuesday for a hearing on their bail application.