The European Union (EU) has slammed the Zimbabwe government for what it considers a lack of respect for the rule of law.
In a statement posted on its Twitter handle on Friday evening, the EU called for the restoration of the rule of law and an end to impunity. The statement read:
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This week’s events in #Zimbabwe show a lack of respect for rule of law, due process and constitutional rights: partisan deployment of security forces, arrests, disrespect of property rights, partial investigations, corruption and threats against journalists. #RuleOfLaw #NoZimpunity.
Earlier this week, the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Kazembe Kazembe accused three hospitalised MDC Alliance, Joanna Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri, and Netsai Marova for faking abductions. Kazembe said nothing concrete about the State’s duty to find the gunmen who abducted the three activists and sexually assaulted them.
Renowned journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono was threatened by the ruling ZANU PF party through its acting spokesperson, Patrick Chinamasa, for unearthing corrupt activities allegedly involving people close to President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
On Thursday night, the military intervened in the dispute between MDC factions by seizing Harvest House, which serves as the MDC Alliance’s headquarters and handed over the building to Thokozani Khupe’s MDC-T.