Rule of Law: A lost trajectory

Democracy, Human Rights, Women, Zimbabwe

Last month, one of the most fearless human rights defenders in Zimbabwe, Beatrice Mtetwa, was arrested. Her crime: speaking in defense of her client as a lawyer. This was not the first time that Beatrice had faced challenges in executing her duties. Beatrice’s undaunted courage and persistence is beyond admirable. I explored the possibly plausible reasons for her arrest in my article: The story of Beatrice Mtetwa: A Red Herring?

The following trailer of the film: Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law, co-produced by Hopewell Chin’ono and Lorie Conway, captures Beatrice’s struggle as a lawyer dealing with the paradox of a country with a thousand laws but gripped by lawlessness, with such lawlessness perpetrated by those entrusted with the duty to enforce and uphold the laws of this country in the Constitution; the police, the judiciary, the executive power of the state.

Watch away…

One thought on “Rule of Law: A lost trajectory

  1. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing (Burke). Admittedly Beatrice has stood the test of time and undoubtedly fearless, she definitely has admirable energy and will. I have however tried in my own little mind to draw parallels between the wonderful work Sis B is undertaking and the efforts of colonial times revolutionaries who fought similar hegemonic oppression. Though times have changed we can still draw lessons, moreso given that the sometime trees are now the axes chopping the very ideals which buttressed their vision of a majority ruled democratic state. Surely they are not immune to their own vices which won the day in 1980. ‘When bad men combine, good men must organize (Burke)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s