The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) have called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to dump his predecessor’s brand of politics in order to ensure that no further human rights abuses occur in the country. ZimRights director, Okay Machisa, said that under former President Robert Mugabe, 2017 was the worst year in terms of human rights abuses. ZimRights also said that Mnangagwa was fortunate in that he only needed to do very little to improve on Mugabe’s appalling human rights record.
Speaking to Southern Eye, Machisa said:
The year 2017 had one of the worst human rights abuses, but that, however, ended into some way of joy to the people because the person who presided over the country was an authoritarian and a dictator and he is gone
What we call upon is for Mnangagwa not to carry the Mugabeism with him. The stage that he (Mnangagwa) is on should be changed. He should not dance on the same stage that Mugabe was dancing on. He should make sure that he has brought in change.
He is blessed, he is very lucky. I can actually say blessed is he Mnangagwa, who takes over from a dictator because you would know the right buttons to switch. So he is blessed he can just do the opposite of what Mugabe used to do and he will get more loves, likes and more votes if he employs political will to ensure that he has done the opposite of what Mugabe was doing.