The opposition in Zimbabwe has to invest scarce time and energy in evading physical attacks and arbitrary imprisonment on trumped-up charges.
"Instead, they have to invest scarce time and energy in evading physical attacks and arbitrary imprisonment on trumped-up charges - including treason - that could see them locked up in prison with limited or no protection against COVID-19," said Cheeseman.
Cheeseman is professor of democracy at the University of Birmingham and founding editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia.
He co-authored a book, "How to rig an election without getting caught".
Currently Job Sikhala, the outspoken vice chairman of the Nelson Chamisa led Movement for Democratic Change Alliance (MDC-Alliance), is facing charges for inciting the public to commit violence.
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