“If yet your blood does not rage, then it is water that flows in your veins. For what is the flush of youth, if it is not of service to the motherland.” Chandra Shekhar Azad
The events of the last couple of weeks have tainted the very essence and spirit that surrounds April the month of Independence and Democracy in Zimbabwe. At a time when we are meant to be celebrating and freely exercising our Constitutional rights in an open and democratic society, we find ourselves outraged at the shrinking space to do so.
While the feminist movement has taken a step forward through the Harare West constituency legislator Honourable Joana Mamombe and opposition MDC Alliance party youth leader Cecelia Chimbiri’s participation in the masculine and red taped political arena, we mourn the unjust consequences that they have been visited with. Today is indeed a sad day for Constitutionalism and feminism in Zimbabwe.
The continuous detention and arbitrary denial of bail to these two heroines, is a complete disregard of the rule of law and the Constitutional rights guaranteed to every citizen. As the Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD) we further condemn the nicodemus, unsubstantiated and unfair removal of Joana Mamombe from her chosen medical care facility of choice back into state custody. While in physical and emotional pain, with many of her other fundamental human rights being violated already, she is further deprived of her right to health care as envisaged in Section 50 and Section 76 of the Supreme Law of the Land.
- We call upon the immediate release of Joana Mamombe and Cecelia Chimbiri and subsequent withdrawal of all charges against them.
- We demand that the state actively and substantially respects Joana Mamombe’s right to health care forthwith.
- We further request for investigations to be instituted against the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services (ZPCS) for actively participating in depriving Joana Mamombe her right to health care.