The United States government has condemned the targeted arrests of civil society leaders saying it damages Zimbabwe’s reputation and the economic future.
In a Twitter post this morning, US Embassy in Harare urged government to uphold its constitution and foster an environment where every citizen can contribute to national progress.
Harassment and targeted arrests of civil society leaders damage Zimbabwe’s reputation & economic future. We call on the Zimbabwean government to uphold its constitution, protect human rights, and foster an environment where all can contribute to the nation’s progress.
— U.S. Embassy Harare (@usembassyharare) February 26, 2019
The US remarks follows the arrest of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition chairperson and Heal Zimbabwe Trust Director, Rashid Mahiya last night after he handed himself over to the police.
Mahiya was immediately charged with subverting a constitutionally elected government, joining the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) leaders Japhet Moyo and Peter Mutasa as well as #ThisFlag founder Pastor Evan Mawarire who are also facing a similar charge.
Mahiya is being accused of organizing the shutdown protests that turned violent resulting in destruction of property.
He will appear in court today and is being represented by Tonderai Bhatasara from the Zimbabwe Lawyers For Human Rights.