Thursday, September 15, 2011

Zim. Socialists Trial Has Begun. Hasta la Victoria Siempre!

The trial of International Socialist Organisation General Coordinator Munyaradzi Gwisai, National Librarian Tatenda Mombeyarara, NCC member Tafadzwa Choto and other comrades namely Hopewell Gumbo and Edison Chakuma has kicked off in enerst.However today the matter was postponed to the 20th of September 2011.
The state key witness Rinos Chari turned the state case into a farce yesterday when he complained of police brutality throwing eggs into the bourgeois state enforcement machinery. Hundreds of leftists were out in force at the Harare Magistrates’ Court both today and yesterday. The trial was presided by Regional Magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini and the state with Edmore Nyazamba.
Defense Attorney Alec Muchadehama of Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni failed to come to court today for reasons beyond his control. What is important is that the trial has begun and the state is now merely giving the last kicks of a dying horse.
The struggles of 2011 carried out by the working classes of Egypt, Tunisia, and the Middle East and all over the world remain our inspiration. In their defence outlines, the six comrades are rightfully arguing that the 19th February meeting where 40 of our comrades were cruelly tortured and detained was meant to discuss lessons from the Egypt and Tunisia revolts as well as to commemorate the death of our late comrade HIV and Aids activist Navigator Mungoni. Hence we maintain that the charges were nonsensical, meaningless, baseless and an attempt by the State to persecute human rights defenders.

Let’s smash capitalism and all the other elements of this dying system though mass mobilization and the fight for socialism from below.


Vladimir Mashayamombe (


Wednesday, September 07, 2011


Our comrades who were facing trial today have had their trial postponed to the 14th of September 2011 .The future of our comrades Munyaradzi Gwisai, Antonnater Choto, Tatenda Mombeyarara, Hopewell Gumbo, Welcome Zimuto and Edison Chakuma hangs in the balance. Scores of socialists and fellow activists who had come in solidarity waited for nearly two hours for the trial to finally kickoff at the Harare Magistrates Courts however the due process was once again frustrated. Magistrate William Bhila then recused himself and the trial will be presided by Magistrate Esthere Chivasa. Meanwhile defence attorney Alec Muchadehama has made an application for refusal of further remand. Magistrate Bhila is the second magistrate to recuse himself .Indeed the recusal by this second Magistrates to preside this baseless case shows that the state attorneys are clinging onto a case without professionalism or reason. Meanwhile solidarity forever!

Vladimir Mashayamombe