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British Baroness Says Zimbabwe's 2023 Elections Won't Be Free And Fair

British Baroness Says Zimbabwe's 2023 Elections Won't Be Free And Fair

British Peer Baroness, Kate Hoey has expressed doubt over the credibility, freeness and fairness of Zimbabwe’s upcoming 2023 general elections in the wake of a clampdown on dissent.

She was responding to a court outcome in which award-winning Zimbabwean author and filmmaker, Tsitsi Dangarembga and her friend Julie Gabriel Barnes were found guilty of inciting violence in 2020. Hoey posted on Twitter:

Any pretence that Zimbabwe is a country where the upcoming elections could possibly be free and fair has vanished.

Dangarembga and Barnes were arrested in 2020 for holding a silent protest which saw them march along Borrowdale Road in Harare holding placards, calling for political reforms and the release of two government critics.

Following their conviction Dangarembga and Barnes issued a joint statement saying the State was trying to silence and intimidate its critics. They said:

Our hearts are heavy at this outcome, because this conviction could set the precedent that a Zimbabwean —indeed a person in Zimbabwe — is not free to walk down a road with another citizen displaying peaceful messages that convey their opinions on issues that affect them as people living in this country.

We must no longer joke that there is freedom of expression in Zimbabwe, but no freedom after expression. We must take this conviction as a warning sign that our freedom to peacefully express what we want as Zimbabweans in public discourse is being stripped away from us.

Dangarembga and Barnes have expressed intentions to appeal against the conviction and sentence.

Zimbabwe goes to the polls next year amid an escalation of intraparty and interparty violence.

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20 Comments

... 2 months ago

True, it's already not free and fair.
However CCC will win.


African Soldier 2 months ago

That's a nightmare disguised like a day dream,forget about it stray dog.

loveness 2 months ago

mind your own Business old lady.


Machiavelli 2 months ago

Pamberi ne Zanu pf


Mdala wethu 2 months ago

Vote CCC


African Soldier 2 months ago

People like you need some torturing

2023 Elections 2 months ago

Haibo.The sentencing of a black author and one white woman has already determined that 2023 elections will not be free and fair.


pk 2 months ago

we expect such uttering from you the british. we won't be deterred. leave us alone.


Blue💙 says 2 months ago

We won't be deterred from looting and plundering

political commentator ZANU PF 2 months ago

@pk unogoti leave us alone muchingombeya nana scarfmore muchida engagement nani imi muchiti leave us musanyepere kudzungaira vanhu veZanu.


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DR WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 2 months ago

I William Sonboy Chinembiri do hereby declear my undying love for the mighty ZANU PF till death do us apart. Hallelujah
Yours sincerely
Dr William Sonboy Chinembiri
[THE BUSH LAWYER].


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 2 months ago

If the so called second ZANU PF Administration thought that it was going to intimidate Tsitsi Dangarembwa and her friend Julie Gabriel Barnes, then they are in for a very rude awakening. The two women have refused to be intimidated.

British Peer Baronness, Kate Hoey, has picked it up in the British Parliament. She has told the British Parliamentarians that Zimbabwe will not hold free and fair elections in 2023 Harmonised Elections because of undemocratic space.

She is not the first to air such views. There is a Lord in the upper house who also aired similar comments. These people are not fools. They are speaking what they have seen.

If His Excellency Advocate President ED Mnangagwa is still a listening President, he will make sure ZANU PF changes course for the betterment of this country.

If Zimbabwe refuses to change course, then it will remain an international outcast.

Lastly, I want to acknowledge the firmness and bravery of the two women. They have refused to be intimidated. They will approach their sentences with their heads held high.

[ VAMWE VANHU VEMU ZANU PF VAKARASIKA. VANOFUNGA KUTI KURWIRA NYIKA IREZENISI REKUFA VACHITONGA ].

[ MUMA HARMONISED ELECTIONS VANHU BUDAI NEHUWANDU HWENYU MUNOVHATERA CCC POLITICAL PARTY FOR REAL CHANGE ].

Yours truly
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ].


African Soldier 2 months ago

Mind your faken business pale ****s

African Soldier 2 months ago

Last Warning :

You will die young !

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 2 months ago

Every Zimbabwean is free to check if its free or not...


As I see it 2 months ago

When you are intimidated, harassed,persecuted for being the opposition then its not free and fair.


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 2 months ago

Then why get into it if you?


. 2 months ago

know*


X 1 month ago

She is from nobility she was never elected, that's not democracy, she inherited the position apo akuda kuti udza about free and fair


fun time 1 month ago

I think ED will show some commitment to deliver a free and fair election. We can not afford another disputed outcome. This is the time to make submissions by anyone who has ideas on how we can avoid a lousy plebiscite. Contributions and not Complaints will see us through. ED is committed, he is persuading his subordinates to do the work they should be doing without him persuading them. Work!



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