In his latest installment of the Zhuwao Brief Reloaded, Patrick Zhuwao writes an open letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May warning her against supporting Zanu-PF presidential candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa. Zhuwao says Mnangagwa will soil May’s hands with the blood of innocent Zimbabweans.
Opposition parties have accused the British Government of being biased towards Zanu-PF following Operation Restore Legacy which resulted in Robert Mugabe’s ouster. Zhuwao says Mnangagwa is using “British institutions, such as the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), but also the British government in a nefarious agenda that is aimed at further loss of life.” He argues that Mnangagwa’s BBC interview where he blames a faction loyal to Grace Mugabe is evidence that the President wants to use violence to win the election.
Part of Zhuwao’s open letter to May reads:
It is not lost on Mnangagwa that his interview was aired on 27th June 2018, exactly ten years after the 2008 runoff election. The fact that Mnangagwa attributes blame to a broad group of people on the basis of his hunch without any evidence is an ominous signal to those people that he intends to target them and their communities with violence akin to that of 2008. The use of the BBC to disseminate that ominous message is meant to communicate that, like during the Gukurahundi massacres, Mnangagwa has the unconditional support of the British government. The implication is that your government will turn a blind eye on the abuse of the tragic ZANU PF bomb in Bulawayo to violate human rights in the same way that the British government turned a blind eye on the Gukurahundi massacres.