The opposition National Patriotic Front which has been endorsed by former president Robert Mugabe has claimed that people were killed, maimed and raped in the November 2017 military intervention which resulted in the fall of Mugabe. The party also claimed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is trying to reverse Mugabe’s policies, particularly the land reform.
In an independence message, the Ambrose Mutinhiri-led party said,
As we celebrate our independence, we should be cognisant of the plight of those whose fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters were killed, internally and externally displaced, raped and maimed during the November 2017 coup. Our thoughts should be with those that were tortured, harassed and humiliated for trying to protect a constitutionally elected people’s government.
…We are aware that Zanu PF under Emmerson Mnangagwa is threatening to take away land from resettled black farmers and hand it back to former white farmers.
Presidential spokesperson George Charamba has admitted that at a Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) officer died after he tried to block the intervention.
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