Our courts are non-par­ti­san

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business -

ED­I­TOR — The con­vic­tion of MDC-T ac­tivists who took part in the mur­der of a po­lice of­fi­cer in Glen View is be­ing taken by some as a po­lit­i­cally in­formed judg­ment.

This has be­come a trend in Zim­babwe where all hap­pen­ings are clas­si­fied along con­trast­ing lines of ei­ther Zanu-PF or the op­po­si­tion.

A po­lice of­fi­cer was at­tacked and lost his life in the process, as such, re­gard­less of the at­tack­ers` po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion, jus­tice has to be served and ob­served.

Ac­cus­ing the courts of be­ing par­ti­san in a case in which the con­victed were found guilty be­yond any rea­son­able doubt is con­tempt of court and un­der­mines the jus­tice sys­tem.

Po­lit­i­cal par­ties should en­sure that their mem­bers be­have within the con­fines of the law in­stead of wait­ing to make noise on so­cial me­dia after their peo­ple are ar­rested for com­mit­ting crimes.

As­sum­ing that the three would be ex­on­er­ated on the ba­sis that they be­longed to an op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal out­fit was a mis­cal­cu­la­tion by these po­lit­i­cal cry­ba­bies in the mould of MDC-T`s Obert Gutu and con­tin­gent.

The five year pe­riod taken to se­cure a con­vic­tion should be con­sid­ered by po­lit­i­cal ag­i­ta­tors as a warn­ing, the in­evitable re­ward for po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence is im­pris­on­ment. This con­vic­tion gives us hope that even the peo­ple who were fronting the re­cent dis­tur­bances in Harare will be caught in due course.

In the spirit of tol­er­ance, I be­lieve that those who com­mit crimes of a po­lit­i­cal na­ture should re­ceive stern sen­tences. In­tol­er­ant minds are toxic to so­ci­ety.

In my opin­ion, it is un­fair to the de­ceased to sug­gest that the courts were not right in con­vict­ing the MDC-T trio. When a life is lost un­der cir­cum­stances of this na­ture, some­one has to be ac­count­able.

It is be­yond doubt that the facts pointed to these three, if they were Zanu-PF mem­bers I am sure the over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence would have ren­dered them guilty too.

This ad­dic­tion to pol­i­tics is dan­ger­ous. Larry Gumede

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