Hopewell Gumbo of the Zimbabwean 6 on their arrest
Hopewell Gumbo talks about his arrest and that of five other activists all who were found guilty by the Zimbabwean government for ‘inciting public disorder’. Originally 44 activists were arrested and charged with treason. Their ‘crime’ watching and discussing a film on the Egyptian uprisings last February 2011. From this we know Zimbabweans are not free to discuss or watch a film on what is happening in other parts of the world. Even to discuss the trial and conviction could possibly be a criminal offence. Some of the six have been tortured and all have had to wait for over a year for the trial and verdict. Now they face a further indefinite wait for sentencing which could be up to 10 years. The six are : Hopewell Gumbo, Munyaradzi Gwisai, Antoneta Choto, Tatenda Mombeyarara, Edson Chakuma, and Welcome Zimuto.
The state shocked me when they spoke in aggravation when he departed from the charges Gwisai and others were convicted of which are a conspiracy to commit public violence and told the court our offence was rebellion against authority and in this case Mugabe’s authority. He said they must be punished because we question authority. He astonished me when he said the conditions in Zimbabwe at the time of our arrest were similar to those in Egypt at the time of the toppling of Mubarrak. Read this closely. Does Nyazamba the state prosecutor want to brew an Egypt in Zimbabwe?