- 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.
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.”