By Trevor Makonyonga
Former United States of America secretary of state, Hillary Clinton has called on the Zimbabwean government to release ‘political prisoners.’
In a social media post, Clinton singled out jailed MDC A national youth organiser and Masvingo councillor, Godfrey Kurauone as one such political prisoner.
Kurauone is facing charges of inciting public violence and partaking in ‘illegal’ demonstrations.
Clinton wrote, “I’m calling for the government of Zimbabwe to release all political prisoners, including Godfrey Kurauone, who represent the country’s future. Justice demands it.”
The ruling party, ZANU PF responded to the tweet by questioning Clinton’s knowledge of the matter she commented on.
The ruling party wrote, “On sight of this tweet, our justice system must throw our constitution away and abandon due process simply because you have said so? What form of democracy is this? We implore you as a leader to comment on issues that you have knowledge over and not hearsay!!!”
Zimbabweans thanked the former USA presidential candidate for adding her voice.
MDC Alliance spokesperson, Fadzai Mahere, thanked Clinton for speaking out.
She said, “Thank you @HillaryClinton for speaking out against the oppression of political prisoners and repression in Zimbabwe. #FreeKura #FreeHopewell #FreeJacob #ZimbabweanLivesMatter.”
The majority of the comments on the tweet had the hashtag #ZimbabweanLivesMatter which drew international attention on Zimbabwe which saw respectable entities as the United Nations, The Elders, Vatican, celebrities and now Hillary Clinton comment on the crisis in the country.
Clinton’s comments also come after top human rights lawyer Beatrice Mthetwa was barred from representing journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and lawyer Doug Coltart is appearing in court for reading Paulo Freire’s book, Pedagogy of the oppressed.