The ruling ZANU PF party has been angered by the opposition MDC’s calls to the United Nations (UN) to declare President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his party a terrorist organisation for killing civilians during protests.
In a statement on Monday, Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo hit back at the MDC, saying the opposition party has declared war on ZANU PF. He said:
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The offensive pronouncement by the MDC party as reflected in the so-called independent media, that they intend to submit a petition to the UN during its 74th General Assembly sitting that Mnangagwa and the revolutionary Zanu PF be declared terrorists ‘for the killing of civilians during public protests’ is shameful.
This is a very serious allegation which borders on the declaration of war on Zanu PF and its revered leader.
The security services were found guilty of killing 6 unarmed civilians on 1 August last year by the Kgalema Motlanthe Commission. Though the Commission recommended that those found guilty should be punished, nothing has been done by the authorities.
Again, in January, more than a dozen people were killed after riots broke out across the country following an unprecedented fuel price hike. This was followed by a spate of abductions and torture of doctors, union leaders, comedians and human rights activists.