In his first statement issued today after returning to the country, Mnangagwa blamed the protestors for stealing guns from the police. He also said that investigations would be held and if required, heads would roll. (read the full statement here)
Zimbabweans on Twitter have mostly reacted negatively to the statement, but there were also some positive sentiments and encouragement for him to attend to problems.
Below are some of the most notable reactions:
Under pressure @edmnangagwa calls for national dialogue.
Do you think he is sincere? Is he tackling the crisis in a way that will satisfy Zims?
Has he had his Damascus Fall or is he attempting to distance himself from the excesses of his securocrats & placate the Int. Community? https://t.co/lnrOx9gksj
— Violet Gonda (@violetgonda) January 22, 2019
Respectfully Mr President,
You have not said a word about those who were shot and killed by the security forces. Is brutality by the army the new Zimbabwean way? What lessons did you take from the events of 1 August 2017? Why does the army you command kill us not protect us? https://t.co/Px0ybh2gte
— Fadzayi Mahere (@advocatemahere) January 22, 2019
Akusiyekele. What head rolled for August 1 atrocities? https://t.co/fnV0lXK8iX
— Mduduzi Mathuthu (@Mathuthu) January 22, 2019
Exactly. He is preaching peace on Twitter while slaughtering unarmed civilians at home. https://t.co/kQQEmX3UX7
— Kudzani Dojiwe (@kudzani_ndlovu) January 22, 2019
No heads will roll especially those of personalities who delivered the presidency on a silver platter last November. Yes a few soldiers and police officers will get a smug but they're not the problem. This needs honesty, sincerity and a toughness never seen before.
— stanley kwenda (@stanleykwenda) January 22, 2019
Becoz he's come back with nothing thats why he's calling for dialogue do you certainly think if he had got those billions he would be calling the opposition and say lets plan together? I don't think so.
— Zola (@hlabs_zola) January 22, 2019
1/10 The fact that you start by ARROGANTLY declaring that your midnight hike of fuel prices on 12 January WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO demonstrates your contempt for the people & misunderstanding of your constitutional duty to protect citizens on whom executive authority is derived! https://t.co/YM4a8oAeXO
— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) January 22, 2019
This is a welcome move Mr President. However most of the Civil Society Leaders and Union leaders like @OMasaraure are being imprisoned on trumped up charges. We call for their immediate release so that this process can begin in ernest. https://t.co/rIzoktIKvl
— Norman Matara (@drnmatara) January 22, 2019
Welcome back to a wounded nation. At the prayer breakfast below you agreed to be like King David.The path we have taken is that of King Saul.Take us back to what you promised
— Shingi Munyeza (@ShingiMunyeza) January 22, 2019
“Heads will roll” over insubordination and abuse by security forces, says Mnangagwa. I guess Zimbabweans will believe it when they see it. (Up the thread, also repeats the claim that criminals stole uniforms.) https://t.co/5ZDUzljnYh
— Joseph Cotterill (@jsphctrl) January 22, 2019
Is this dialogue going to take place in our Prisons. Thats where most guys you want to talk to are currently calling home…. https://t.co/RN6EZDaqe1
— Simba 🇿🇼 (@drmadzima) January 22, 2019
Over a month since the Motlanthe Commission recommended the investigation of soldiers caught on video shooting to death civilians on 1/8/18, nothing has happened on the ground. Such rhetoric will raise more questions than answers in the absence of tangible action https://t.co/sW8egoa26h
— Kholwani Nyathi (@kholwaninyathi) January 22, 2019
— Zenzele (@zenzele) January 22, 2019