A Sky News report goes over President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election promises and concludes that “Emmerson Mnangagwa promised a ‘Zimbabwe you want’ but has failed to deliver”
An excerpt from the report:
Last year, during Zimbabwe’s national elections, the ruling party erected dozens of banners all over the country, emblazoned with lofty promises and a giant photo of the man who won that contest, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Vote ZANU-PF, they proclaimed, for “visionary and mature leadership”. Vote Mnangagwa for, “affordable, quality, healthcare guaranteed”, and “jobs, jobs, jobs”. Trust us, implored the billboards, for “delivering the Zimbabwe you want”.
It is a good thing they have taken down those banners because the country is a mess. Unemployment is pushing 90%, inflation has hit 100%, electricity blackouts last for days at a time and public services have virtually collapsed.
During our visit, we met city residents scavenging for firewood in the countryside and health workers who could not source paracetamol. The deterioration of the local currency means civil servants such as teachers and nurses are earning 80p a day.
It is because the people are so unhappy that the government has ruthlessly clamped down on dissent. Civil rights leaders, activists, lawyers and union representatives have been targeted with beating, abductions and detentions.
The NGO Zimbabwe Lawyers For Human Rights told Sky News that more than a thousand community leaders and ordinary citizens have been arrested on spurious charges, such as “subversion of the state”, in the past six months.
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