Imagine the prime minister of a nation selecting a man to be his deputy minister of Agriculture and discovering this person was arrested at the airport and put in jail without any notification to you of what was happening. Imagine a judge wanted to free the man since his rights were violated but the president and police said no. Stop imagining, that is life in Zimbabwe. Finally, after nearly a month in jail, Roy Bennett, was freed from prison and allowed to assume his role as deputy minister of Agriculture at a time when farm production has collapsed due to the idiotic policies of President Robert Mugabe. Bennett told reporters of his time in jail. “There are gross human rights abuses behind those walls. People are suffering. They are having a single meal a day. Five people died while I was inside and it took prison officers four or five days to remove the bodies. Cells are over crowded. The situation behind those walls is pathetic.”
Innocent Gonere, an official of Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s party, the Movement for Democratic Change, put it bluntly by commenting: “The relief is that he is out of that hell of a place. Our prisons are hell on earth.” Nothing more to add to that description.