Zimbabwe’s polarised culture was exposed in the recent attack on Foreign Affairs Minister, SB Moyo. He was attacked in the UK by suspected members of the MDC in the UK.
There were high hopes that the departure of president Robert Mugabe and the coming in of President Emmerson Mnangagwa would liberalise Zimbabwean politics. Sadly, nothing seems to have changed.
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Moyo was in the United Kingdom pushing the diplomatic offensive agenda the government adopted since 2017 in a bid to reengage with the international community. The Daily News notes that such initiatives could bring positive transformation to the country and beneficiaries would be every Zimbabwean citizen despite their political affiliations.
The publication further observes that grievances by those who view Mnangagwa as a failure could have been lodged through amicable ways.
The Daily News further notes that the incident risk to worsen the already sour relations between the ruling ZANU PF and the opposition MDC.
Moyo was rudely confronted and accused of “spreading falsehoods” to the British government, that Zimbabwe was turning the corner post the 2017 coup. Earlier, the protesters had marched carrying placards portraying Mnangagwa as the “Headmaster of Thieves” and a “Murder”.
The attack on Moyo came at an unfortunate moment. MDC leader, Nelson Chamisa and Mnangagwa have since 2018 elections been at loggerheads with Chamisa accusing the president of conniving with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to manipulate the election in Mnangagwa’s favour.
Analysts expect that a dialogue between Chamisa and Mnangagwa has the potential to transform Zimbabwe economically and politically.
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