|Group photo by Tapiwa Muskwe 2019 October 9|
Some in Zimbabwe who have already been gagged using the State apparatus by ZANU PF are the Zimbabwe 7. George Makoni, Nyasha Frank Mpahlo’s, Tatenda Mombeyarara, Gamuchirai Mukura, Farirai Gumbonzvanda, Stabile Dewa and Rita Nyamping. It is reported by Human Rights Watch that all 7 were arrested on their return from a workshop in the Maldives. The workshop was hosted by the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies and focused on peaceful resistance. The charge sheets against the activists specified the meeting and its training in civil disobedience. It is thus felt by most in ZHRO, that this new law, will be used to target those who comment online in the same way the Zimbabwe 7 have been targeted.