Zimbabwe: Hopewell Chin’ono, a well-known filmmaker and journalist landed up back in jail. Seemingly, Zimbabwean police turned up at his home on Tuesday evening, 3 November. Shockingly, the charges appear without substance. Actually, he tweeted rather a lot about the National Prosecuting Authority. Consequently, the state accuses him of corruption.
Zimbabwe – Hopewell Chin’ono arrested again
Furthermore, Chin’ono’s lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa is banned from representing him. Moreover, this ruling by magistrate Ngoni Nduna is based on a Facebook page. Interestingly, the Facebook page is not Mtetwa’s. Previously Chin’ono was released on bail.
Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono @daddyhope has just been arrested again in Harare.
Details to follow. pic.twitter.com/IdR2hvIwRu
— Fadzayi Mahere (@advocatemahere) November 3, 2020
Previously, Chin’ono’s release on bail was subject to his not tweeting about mass protests. Moreover, Chin’ono says he complied. However, Chin’ono says the police mentioned his tweet questioning the role of Chief Justice Luke Malaba. Tweeting, Hopewell Chin’ono@daddyhope says, “The day I was denied bail in July, Chief Justice Malaba was seen leaving the magistrates court in the morning. The judge’s letter says … he tells magistrates how to rule. The same happened when I was denied bail at the High Court. How can we go to courts which cook judgments?”
Apparently, this tweet impairs Justice Malaba’s dignity.
The day I was denied bail in July, Chief Justice Malaba was seen leaving the magistrates court in the morning.
The judges letter says that he tells magistrates how to rule.
The same happened when I was denied bail at the High Court.
How can we go to courts which cook judgments? pic.twitter.com/qimw1joEif
— Hopewell Chin’ono Today (@daddyhope) October 28, 2020
Unafraid, Hopewell Chin’ono remains a voice for the people of Zimbabwe. Bravely, he continues posting on injustices.
Sadly, Zimbabwe’s ruling party continues to target critics. Meanwhile, disappearances continue and legislation changes outlaw citizens from addressing consulates of foreign countries.
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