Blocking Internet And Cracking Down On Civil Society Not The Way To Restore Calm: The Elders Tell Mnangagwa Govt

Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders, said the Emmerson Mnangagwa Government has failed to address the economic problems that resulted in the violent stay away on Monday.

Robinson said closing the internet and cracking down on civil society is not the way to restore calm. Said Robinson:

The Government of Zimbabwe has conspicuously failed to address economic problems in a way that protects the rights and livelihoods of ordinary citizens, including provision of fuel, food and medical supplies. Closing down the internet and cracking down on civil society is not the way to restore calm; rather, President Mnangagwa needs to demonstrate inclusive and responsive leadership to try to repair social fractures.

Lakhdar Brahimi, Elder, Algerian and UN diplomat and former member of his country’s liberation movement, said Zimbabweans have endured seeing the promises of the liberation struggle being betrayed. He said Zimbabweans deserve better than what they now endure under the Zanu-PF regime. Said Brahimi:

The people of Zimbabwe have endured terrible suffering for decades, from colonial oppression to seeing the promises of the liberation struggle betrayed. They deserve better than the injustice and rampant corruption they now endure. The international community, including SADC leaders, must also stand by them and offer meaningful support for a true democratic transition.

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Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is a politician and the First Secretary of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. On the 3rd of August 2018 ZEC Chairperson Priscilla Chigumba announced that Mnangagwa had won the popular vote by 50.8% ,hence he was duly elected to be the... Read More About Emmerson Mnangagwa

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  1. Nero Reply

    Fuck the elders seeking relevance from chaos they fund. Am a true zimba with no apologies for that. l don’t accept money to denigrate my country nor matter how poor l am. This internet shutdown works and it has worked.Security is not so called democracy. How do you lay a plan against robbers who are monitoring your strategies on CCTV? lock CCTV out and hit them hard is the security strategy.

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