Lawyers dressed in black gowns swamped the city of Harare’s CBD in a protest march that is calling for the immediate restoration of the rule of law and order in Zimbabwe.
The Law Society of Zimbabwe organized by the march citing concerns across the sections of the judiciary. Concerning cracks in the system encompasses clients being denied bail and a surge in the fast-tracking of trials.
Other areas causes alarm include “fast-tracking, routine denial of bail, routine dismissal of applications, and blatant disregard of the constitutional provisions relating to the right to fair trial were “causing alarm in the profession.”
More than 1000 people have been arrested and denied bail in a move that the lawyers have said it is violation against their rights. The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human rights (ZLHR) says the arrests and detentions, most for public order offences, have exceeded the legal system’s capacity.
The lawyers marched to the top court briefly stopping outside the Munhumutapa offices, the seat of power of Zimbabwe’s government under President Emmerson Mnangagwa, which is across the road from the courthouse.
Massive crackdowns continue to target members of the opposition MDC-Alliance as they are alleged to have been behind the violent protests that left many shops and properties vandalized.
The opposition MDC continues to deny any responsibility regarding the organizing of the protests.