trial of the well known Mozambican economist Prof Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco,
who is being accused of "defaming" former President Armando Guebuza with
an open letter published on facebook, is a charade and a shameful act. First of
all, the person that really should be tried and sentenced is
Armando Guebuza who
embezzlement, dubious contracts with mining companies and so on.
kind of court is judging Prof Castel-Branco if not one of puppets
and opportunists? The letter of this honorable Professor tells nothing
the truth - it Stands for democracy,
justice and freedom. Men like him is what this country needs.
This case would be considered nonsense and would immediately
be dropped in any country were the judicial system is not an instrument of political parties or authoritarian leader.
Now we hear that the public ministry is asking for a two
sentence for Prof Castel-Branco and the journalist Fernando
Mbanze. Since when has the public ministry being allowed to meddle in
the freedom of expression and demand sentences in this Country?
Shouldn't those ministers and politicians,
some of them incompetent and lazy lackeys, instead look after its own
citizen well being rather than running this ridiculous case?
few outspoken minds of this country are loudly speaking against this
trial and some well known international figures such as Graça Machel and
Luisa Diogo that I have seen couple of time on BBC talking
with Zainab Badawi about economy and democracy in Africa are suddenly
quite in this case - doesn't democracy at home matters?
If this trial is being used to scare some outspoken minds to stay away from Frelimos's
"gods" and "business interests", then democracy is at stake!
If Prof Castel-Branco and journalist Fernando Mbanze are condemned
may come to face the same pressure and attention that Egypt already is
facing from international community and that MPLA faced when they
recently tried the well known Angolan journalist and
activist Rafael Marques. Personally I don't think the party would be willing or naive enough to risk all this for the sake of one "defamed" Guebuza.
I am not sure what Frelimo
hopes to gain from this trial but one thing they should realize is that jailing Prof Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco is not a game but asking for trouble.