Pastor Shingi Munyeza has said President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration has been worse than that of his predecessor and long time mentor, Robert Mugabe as far as observing human rights and creating a business conducive environment is concerned.
Munyeza (SM) who is a member of the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) which was set to advise president Mnangagwa made the remarks during an interview with Spotlight’s Itai Mushekwe (IM).
He speaks when the democratic space in the country has been shrinking with reports of abduction of opposition members and human rights defenders increasing while the economy has continued on low note since 24 months ago.
Below are excerpts from the interview.
IM: Still on our wealthy business leaders. A good majority of them live in exile, while others have relocated outside the country. An influential constituency is based in South Africa, the UK and America. Why is Zimbabwe so dangerous a place for them to live, work and operate, even under a new dispensation of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and long after their chief nemesis, former President Robert Mugabe, is no longer there to haunt them?
SM: The so-called new dispensation has been worse than the old one in my view. They have been more intolerant to divergent views, more oppressive and more brutal, yet the most corrupt lot ever since independence. We have had the most policy inconsistent period over the last two years than ever where we have produced an average of one statutory instrument per working day! This is how our policy framework has been changing and enforced by the law, basically rule by law and not rule of law. Capital follows the rule of law. This has caused our competent and capable human capital to go where it’s safe and appreciated, basically flight to quality of capital.