There is a law in this country which outlaws remarks that insult the President. Never mind the fact that he is in fact a political leader and people may be expressing a political opinion. Never mind the fact that most people do not have nice things to say about him.
The result is that people are being marched off the jail for shooting their mouth off in public. A careless remark on the bus, in the pub, and you will be in trouble.
It seems to me that this is yet another demonstration of State-sponsored terrorism against the people. Ordinary people are the targets of this law. High profile personages, such as Rev. Pius Ncube, who made even the staunchest of the anti-Mugabe movement cringe when he said he would pray for Mugabe's death seem to literally get away with it.
A more poignant example is that of nationalist and former Mugabe crony, Edgar Tekere, who has recently published his biography. Instead of having him jailed, the regime has had its spin doctors shitting bricks trying to refute his story. They are not doing a good job of it, but that is beside the point.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the Catholic cleric should be nabbed for his remarks. If anything, he is proof that no one is going to give you your right to free speech. Perhaps these cops drag people from bars and stuff because they know they can get away with it. A single cop grabbing someone on a bus full of people, and no one utters so much as a moan of protest. Even chickens raise up a raucus when a fox enters their run and takes off with one of their own. Ordinary Zimbabweans are patently lower than chickens in a run. Perhaps this is why we get this sort of treatment. What was that Shakespearian line about Wotshisname not being a wolf where the people not sheep?