In an interview with The Herald, spokesperson of the Nelson Chamisa led MDC, Jacob Mafume said his party welcomes the European Parliament’s position on Zimbabwe.
He said the position taken by the EU Parliament shows the world is not buying President Mnangagwa’s narrative of what happened during last month’s shutdown Zimbabwe protests. Said Mafume:
We therefore welcome the position taken by the EU Parliament on the human rights situation in Zimbabwe. It is clear that the world is not buying the denial narrative of Mnangagwa and Zanu-PF. The EU correctly locates the State’s hand in the death of 17 people in January 2019 and 7 deaths of August 2018. The bloc correctly condemns the excessive use of force by members of the security forces and several other violations including rape, torture, abductions, and targeted arrested and mass trials. We welcome the EU’s recommendations which include among other issues, the points we raise around genuine dialogue.