Three MLF senior executive members Paul Siwela, John Gazi and Charles Thomas are currently facing treason charges following their arrest last month in Bulawayo for distributing party flyers calling Matebeleland secession. Gazi and Thomas were released on US$ 2000 bail this week but Siwela is still in remand prison facing another charge of Public Order Security Act (POSA).
Speaking to Radio VOP from his Johannesburg base, MLF secretary for Legal Affairs, Sabelo Ngwenya confirmed they had made contacts with ACHPR over the continuous arrest and harassment of their leaders by the Zimbabwe authorities.
“Yes I can confirm that we have decided to take Zimbabwe government to ACHPR over the continuous arrests and harassments of our leaders, and also over Mugabe’s refusal to hold a referendum regarding the separation of Matebeleland region,” said Ngwenya.
Ngwenya said “the arrest and harassment of their leaders in Bulawayo has not dented their sprits and will continue fighting for the separation of Matebeleland.”
The militant and radical MLF was launched in January this year and is advocating for the independence of the Matabeleland region located in the southern part of Zimbabwe saying the Ndebele speaking people of have been marginalised by the government for too long and also face discrimination every day at work places and tertiary institutions.
The call for Matabeleland secession from Zimbabwe appeared to have been encouraged by events in South Sudan where people there voted overwhelmingly to break away from mainland Sudan in a referendum.