Amnesty International has said President Mnangagwa’s threats over the weekend are a hint that things will probably get worse.
Speaking at a Zanu-PF Thank You Rally in Mwenezi, Masvingo province on Saturday Mnangagwa said his government had started looking for human rights lawyers, doctors and nurses who
provided medical and legal assistance to hundreds of civilians injured and arrested in a State-sponsored crackdown following last month’s violent protests. Amnesty International said Mnangagwa should accommodate differing views even if his Government does not agree with them. We publish the full statement by Amnesty International below:
In response to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s statement that the government will deal with those suspected to be behind the national ‘stay-away’ protests, including non-governmental organizations, trade union leaders, opposition leaders, doctors and lawyers, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa said: President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s unfortunate comments are deeply troubling and unwarranted
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President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s unfortunate comments are deeply troubling and unwarranted. Coming off the heels of Amnesty International’s expose of a systematic targeting of dissent during the national ‘stay-away’ period, they affirm that his government used security forces, including military personnel, to brutalize people who were protesting. This latest threat is a sinister hint that the situation could become even worse. If his government wants to build an inclusive country that is based on respect for human rights, President Mnangagwa should accommodate differing views, whether they please his government or not
Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa 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 president... Read More About Emmerson Mnangagwa
Mwenezi is one of the districts in Masvingo Province. It is divided by the Mwenezi River and the A4 highway, the main road that connects the town of Beitbridge, on the border with South Africa, to Masvingo. Read More About Mwenezi