Linda Masarira

Zimbabwe opposition party Labour Economists and African Democrats Zimbabwe (LEAD) president Linda Masarira has written to President Hakainde Hichilema demanding the end to the detention of Mumbi Phiri without trial.

Masarira says Mumbi’s continued detention is totally unacceptable and a violation of her fundamental human rights.

“Sadly, it seems power has also consumed you that you have forgotten so early your promises to the people. You deceived the world, by claiming that you would adhere to human rights without fear or favour.

“The murder charge slapped on MUMBI PHIRI is trumped up, frivolous and vexatious with no tangible evidence to secure a conviction. Politically motivated charges meant to punish, silence and instill fear should be condemned by all. Mumbi is just a fierce and resolute politician who doesn’t deserve this inhumane treatment from a so called new dawn government,” she said.

Masarira writes:

Dear President Hakainde Hichilema

The unlawful detention of Ambassador Mumbi Phiri former MP and PF Deputy Secretary General is totally unacceptable and a violation of her fundamental human rights.

Sadly, it seems power has also consumed you that you have forgotten so early your promises to the people. You deceived the world, by claiming that you would adhere to human rights without fear or favour.

The murder charge slapped on MUMBI PHIRI is trumped up, frivolous and vexatious with no tangible evidence to secure a conviction. Politically motivated charges meant to punish, silence and instill fear should be condemned by all.

Mumbi is just a fierce and resolute politician who doesn’t deserve this inhumane treatment from a so called new dawn government.

An attack on Mumbi Phiri is an attack on all female politicians in the world.

As the President of Labour Economists and African Democrats Zimbabwe, I stand with Mumbi Phiri and demand justice for her. I demand the new dawn government to take Mumbi Phiri to court as soon as possible if at all they have corroborating evidence that incriminate her in the murder of Lawrence Banda. If they don’t, they should absolve her of any wrong doing and discharge her.

An injury to one woman is an injury to all Mr. President. As a man who suffered illegal detentions, we expect you to be the change that Zambia has been waiting for.

Incarcerating political opponents to settle political scores is archaic, retrogressive and will leave your legacy with a dent. Why are you abusing human rights Mr Hichilema? Mumbi is a wife, mother, sister and aunt who has family responsibilities.

In conclusion, Mr President please release Mumbi Phiri and allow a fair trial to commence.

Linda Tsungirirai Masarira
LEAD President

15 COMMENTS

  1. Ms Masarira , in Zambia we have laws and no one is above the law.
    HH can not allow a fair trial to commence because he is not the head of the Judiciary.

  2. Another ignorant person in the name of a palitical party president. What has HH got to do with judicial procedures. Haven’t you not heard him on several occasions saying there is separation of powers between judiciary and executive. Of all the people in the cells, some with more than two years and still not appeared before Court, what is your interest in Mumbai’s case?
    Don’t you have something important to tell or even sell your manifesto to zimbabweans. Leave HH out of your foolish head and concentrate your party, helping your gov to bringing down inflation.

  3. Thank you madam! Hh is not the head of judiciary, but as head of Zambian government he talks to chief justice. I thought it is Linda kasonde. Where is chapter one fimofimo. She cannot talk. She has food in the mouth?????

  4. My understanding is that if you are an Abetter, Accessory or an Accomplice – meaning in your presence you have failed to prevent a colleague to commit a crime – you are equally guilty of the offence. No one talks of the other guy presumed to have pulled the trigger. If he is guilty as it appears from public opinion, am sorry madam Mumbi mighty also be held responsible. Pray for technicalities…

    I do not know how it is in Zimbabwe though.

  5. I think you have enough economic problems in your country for you to start crossing borders and exporting your problems to Zambia. Please we are not interested, If you want you can import peace from Zambia. We have a lot of peace here.

    We know people have hired you to say this on their behalf but please get
    facts first here we have rule of law. You seem to be used too much to rule of man especially after 37 years and you are still continuing. Us we stopped that in 1991. The people you are supporting wanted to introduce it but we kicked them out.
    Here in Zambia there is separation of
    Power the president can intervene in a matter of an individual. Keep that nonsense in your country.

  6. Ba blank opposition leader from Zim better to be quiet on things you don’t understand. So if you start meddling in other country’s laws what kind of a president will you be ? Trying to look as if you stand for human rights in people’s eyes when you lack the ability to understand our laws will finish your political career. Here in zambia it’s the law that rules. So please don’t bother our president he is not the judiciary and cannot interfere in matters of the court . Shaa.

  7. Ignorance on facts is dangerous. The previous administration left thsee very bad Judicial rules in place. In fact the stream of cases was left by them and the current administration is merely following that path.

    A fair approach would be to encourage government to revisit the whole judicial process as other citizens in prisons face the same dilemma caused by the previous government.

    That is why it is important to ensure that the Judicial process are well administered for every one not just a few people with connections. What about those without a voice but jailed for cases they did not commit. Let’s be honest and embrace everyone affected not one person. There is no justice in that.

  8. Joshua Banda was killed like a dog and Mumbi Phiri in the company of the killer saw it happen but failed to report to Police.
    Do these hypocrites feel for the Banda family who have lost their relative in cold blood. They speak without sympathy to the wife and children of the deceased- Mumbi is now a victim of the shooting ?

  9. THIS LINDA MASARIRA SEEMS TO BE AN OPPOSITION PARTY PRESIDENT WHO SUPPORT THE INCUMBENT MNANGAGWA WHOSE ADMINISTRATION ACCUSES HH OF LACKING PAN-AFRICANIST SPIRIT BECAUSE HE HAS ALLEGEDLY ALLOWED THE USA TO SET UP A MILITARY FIMO FIMO IN ZAMBIA. SUCH SENSELESS RANTS FROM A NONENTITY PREMISED ON UTTER IGNORANCE MUST BE IGNORED. PEOPLE LIKE MAIMANE, PLO LUMUMBA AND PROPHET UEBERT FROM ZIMBABWE WERE REFUSED ENTRY INTO ZAMBIA BY THE PF REGIME, DID MASARIRA AUTHOR ANY LETTER TO CHAGWA TO PROTEST THE TREATMENT OF HER COMPATRIOT UEBERT?

  10. This is not Zimbabwe where you just open your legs anyhow even to a dog,just talk to munangagwa to be sipping you every night before you go to bed, Zambia is governed by laws that can not be changed by not even the highest court in Zimbabwe let alone the zambian parliament, stick to your lean and seek wisdom from HH before you become more irrelevant even in your own country idiot

  11. Madame, you should learn to respect other people, HH is the President for the people of Zambia, he deserves respect. As an opposition leader and of another country for that matter, you are not even supposed to talk or write to him, it’s like you have no manners, whom are you trying to impress?

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