US Ambassador Condemns Selective Application of Law

“Not specifically commenting on a particular case, having a judiciary system which is equitably applied to all citizens is healthy for democracy and development and vice versa,” US Ambassador Charles Ray told Radio VOP in an exclusive interview at the weekend in Harare.

The six were on Wednesday slapped with a fine of US$500 each plus 420 hours of performing community service by a Harare magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini.

Gwisai and five others were convicted for watching a video showing the Tunisia style of protests which the state alleges they were planning to incite the overthrow of the current government.

Selective application of the law in Zimbabwe is an issue which forced MDC to push for reforms in the judiciary and the security sector, claiming that its members continue to be persecuted.

But Zanu PF which stands accused of persecuting MDC members and citizens who have different views from its ideologies is resisting reforming the judiciary and the security sector.

Pressure groups and civil society have also bemoaned the selective application of the law.

At a press conference immediately after the conviction of the six, leaders of the civil society urged Zimbabweans to show their solidarity to the convicts by watching uprising videos.

Although Gwisai and others denied the charges which they were accused of the magistrate went onto convict them.

Scores of activists who oppose President Robert Mugabe rule are presently languishing in prison with the courts dragging feat on trying them.