A Daily News editor opines that President Mnangagwa’s administration is not different from that of his predecessor, Robert Gabriel Mugabe.
Mnangagwa was sacked from his post as Vice President in November 2017 and fled to South Africa via Mozambique.
On his return from South Africa, he was received with a lot of enthusiasm as crowds expected him to change their lives for the better. However, Mnangagwa has proved that his rule is not better from that Mugabe. Part of the editorial reads as follows:
People are failing to access cash from banks with some even sleeping out in the cold hoping to be the first in the line when the financial institutions open in the morning.
Fuel queues have also resurfaced as motorists and transporters are finding it hard to access this precious liquid.
To make it worse, at the start of this year Mnangagwa’s administration increased the price of fuel by 150 per cent which triggered destructive riots nationwide.
At least 16 people lost their lives after the government deployed the military in order to restore order after the police had been overpowered.
Earlier this week, Mnangagwa and his government once again increased the price of fuel with most service stations now selling petrol at RTGS$4,7 per litre while diesel is going for RTGS$4,85 per litre.
Effectively, prices of most basics goods continue to skyrocket beyond the reach of many Zimbabweans, who are living well below the poverty datum line.
With public discontent and threats of mass protests growing, Mnangagwa has become paranoid. Five human rights activists were arrested at the RGM International Airport this week and were charged with treason by the Harare Magistrate’s Court.
… Zimbabweans have heard all this before during Mugabe’s time when various opposition leaders and the civic society workers were all hounded and alleged to have tried to topple the government.
However, all these charges would be dropped with the State failing to provide sufficient evidence of the treason claims.