By Chris Zumani Zimba
According to Shingai Nyoka of the BBC Africa in Harare, five NGO workers in Zimbabwe have been charged with plotting to overthrow the government. Yesterday, they appeared before a Harare magistrate, where they were charged to have alleged been receiving technical training in the Maldives in acts of terrorism, political rebellion and civil disobedience. According to state intelligence and witnesses, they are charging the five for having had attended a workshop in Euro-Asia organized by a Serbian group known for rebellion, civil disobedience and terrorism.
The five were arrested at Harare airport on their return. The state believes they were trained to operate firearms and to mobilise citizens to turn against the Zimbabwe government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and evade arrests. The state police in Harare say others are still at large.
However, the five arrested NDGO activists deny the charges. Their lawyers accuse President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government of targeting human rights defenders and citizens.
Chris Zumani Zimba is a prolific Political Scientist, Policy Analyst, Author, Blogger, PhD Scholar, Researcher, Consultant, Public Health and Tobacco Control Advocate. Besides being the CEO at Chrizzima Democracy University (CDU) in Zambia, he analyses African politics weekly on Voice of the Cape Town, South Africa every Wednesday at 16:45hours CAT. So far, he has authored more than 10 political and academic books as well as published over 100 well researched articles on African politics and public health. Sometimes, he lectures Political Science-Part Time with University of Zambia (UNZA) and University of Lusaka (UNILUS) outside his usual commitments. Chriszumanizimba.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; +260 973 153 815 for calls or WhatsApp