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Are Govt Officials Above The Law?

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By Tinashe Karimazondo

Last week Thursday, outspoken Norton House of Assembly member Temba Mliswa was arrested at his Borrowdale home Harare and was charged with violating COVID-19 regulations after holding a press conference
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He is currently out on bail.

In a statement on Twitter, the Zimbabwe Republic Police said Mliswa had violated COVID-19 regulations by holding an unlawful meeting “knowing that such gatherings were unlawful.”

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The Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, General (Retd.) Dr. Constantino Chiwenga calling on the President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 23, 2018.
onically, this Thursday, Vice President Constantine Chiwenga who doubles as the Minister Health, was at an event that attracted people exceeding the number of people permitted at gatherings under COVID-19 regulations.

The event, where VP Chiwenga received the much talked about COVID-19 vaccine was graced by government officials, medical personnel and media practitioners.

The two events have set tongues wagging as to whether the application of law in Zimbabwe is selective.

The question on the streets is that is every person equal under the law or some take it into their hands?

Failure by Law enforcement agents to exert similar judgements on similar cases gives an impression top government official are immune to the law while it is heavily applied on other citizens.

Robert Tapfumaneyi

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