Mnangagwa Vows to “Flush Out” Opposition

  • President Emerson Mnangagwa said some of the "bad" critics he criticized "will continue to be arrested."
  • Mnangagwa's remarks came amid accusations by his government of human rights abuses.
  • Due to the recession, mistrust among the people is growing.

After human rights activists reported arrests of dissidents, Zimbabwean President Emerson Mnangagwa targeted his critics. Mnangagwa has called the main opposition party “terrorists,” and vowed to crackdown on dissent. Security forces have arrested several opposition members and government critics.

Emmerson Mnangagwa is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who serves as the third and current President of Zimbabwe since 24 November 2017. A member of ZANU–PF and a longtime ally of former President Robert Mugabe, he held a series of Cabinet portfolios and was Vice-President of Zimbabwe under Mugabe until November 2017, when he was dismissed before coming to power in a coup d’état.

The government has accused them of alleged human trafficking. Zimbabwe’s human rights activists say more than 20 people have been arrested and the army and police succeed in cracking down on anti-government protests on Friday.

In a speech on national television on Tuesday, President Emerson Mnangagwa said some of the “bad” critics he criticized “will continue to be arrested.”

“Those who promote hate and disharmony will never win. The bad apples that have attempted to divide our people and to weaken our systems will be flushed out. Good shall triumph over evil,” he said.

Mnangagwa’s remarks came amid accusations by his government of human rights abuses. Security forces rallied in the capital, Harare, and other cities last week to thwart protests planned for Friday.

“We will defeat the attack and stop the bleeding of our economy. We will overcome attempts at the destabilization of our society,” he said.

Tendai Biti, a spokeswoman for the opposition Democratic Change Movement, said some protesters had been arrested or beaten, while others had been injured. Beatty told reporters that the situation was “not acceptable.”

The opposition condemned the “closure of the political space,” “widespread involvement in corruption,” and “misuse of the constitution.”

Biti warned, “we are at a tipping point, something is going to give.” Biti added that another military coup could be “around the corner.”

Investigative Reporter Hopewell Chin’ono has been jailed for two weeks for posting articles on social media for supporting anti-government protesters and repeatedly calling for the government to stop corruption. Chonno will be out on bail this week.

Tsitsi Dangarembga, a well-renowned writer, has been released on bail following a series of protests. Journalist Mujuzuta Matutu and several MDC members are still hiding. Amnesty International also condemned the “search for witches and the suppression of peaceful protesters.”

Zimbabwean human rights activist Justina Mukoko laments the lack of accountability between the government and the police. “We are suffering repression and criminalisation of our rights work,” she said, adding that democracy had been “compromised.”

The Movement for Democratic Change is a Zimbabwean opposition party formed in 2018 as a merger between various groups that had previously split, including Movement for Democratic Change – Ncube (MDC–N), the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai (MDC–T).

Stress Increases

Mnangagwa returned to power after long-ruling ruler, Robert Mugabe, was ousted in a military coup in 2017. The president promised to revive the country’s economy by attracting foreign investment by winning the disputed election in July 2018.

However, due to the recession, mistrust among the people is growing. Hyperinflation, which had already plagued Zimbabwe for years, is currently at 700 percent. The World Food Program predicts that 60% of the population will be at risk of food insecurity by the end of this year.

“Zimbabwe’s security forces are not relaxed,” Mnangagwa said in a statement. He added:

“The security services will carry out their duties with due diligence and determination. Protecting the right to life is very important, especially considering the reduction of the CVID-19 epidemic and destructive terrorist groups.”

Mnangagwa pledged to fight corruption and reverse the economic downturn, citing “poor political neutrality, illegal economic sanctions, hurricanes, droughts, and the recent CVID-19 epidemic.”

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