The president today afternoon issued a statement on the civil unrest of 14 January and his current international roadshow. The president used Facebook and Twitter to issue the message despite that the two platforms are currently still blocked in Zimbabwe. He said that Zimbabweans are free to protest and that they should do it peacefully. He also said that he is currently on an international roadshow to seek much need investment.
Here’s how some Zimbabweans on Twitter reacted to his statement:
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President the people of Zim can't hear you there have no access to internet at the moment. https://t.co/KdrrkQ3VMh
— Dhara Blessed Mhlanga (@bbmhlanga) January 16, 2019
Mr President, are they plying you with cheap vodka in Moscow? What nonsense is this? You send out the army to unleash disproportionate force yet again, raising body count to over 10 in 6 months! You shut down internet then talk of free speech?
— Chofamba (@Chofamba) January 16, 2019
I would appeal to your better angels but the events of the last few days make me doubt whether they exist. You’ve confirmed that you care more about how your international image than the plight of the people.
You have failed the Zimbabwean people. https://t.co/3KG2JNv7KX
— Fadzayi Mahere 🇿🇼 (@advocatemahere) January 16, 2019
No chief! You can't block internet for Zimbabweans and then be using free East European WiFi to communicate to the same people https://t.co/N2LBYlQvnw
— Mduduzi Mathuthu (@Mathuthu) January 16, 2019
— African (@ali_naka) January 16, 2019
How do you know that your gvt needs a shrink? Simple. During the time when the same gvt had shut down internet to quell protests, the President issues a statement on twitter and other social media platforms from Russia addressing the nation. @ProfJNMoyo @ pic.twitter.com/oJDXQwXgCc
— Tapiwa Gomo (@Tapiwagomo) January 16, 2019
Its difficult to say "We are in this together" while they are here☝ pic.twitter.com/KXiOLkoI5b
— The CEO Zimbabwe (@TheCEOMagZim) January 16, 2019
Baba vanoti vana vachipondana Imi motaura zvema ngoda 🤷🏾♀️🤷🏾♀️come on ! Aya ava madhaka aya !
— Cailah Tatenda (@misscailah) January 16, 2019
Your failure to call to order your rogue military & police is an abdication of your constitutional duty in light of the killings & torture of civilians, destruction of homes & property by marauding soldiers, police & ZanuPF militia under the cover of an illegal Internet shutdown! https://t.co/uFuNyrM44Z
— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) January 16, 2019