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Civil Society Warns President Mnangagwa


By Zvikomborero Machirori


The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition said the authoritarian rule by the President Emmerson Mnangagwa led government will be short lived.




Addressing journalists at a media conference Wednesday, the chairperson for the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Peter Mutasa said that the President Mnangagwa must desist from persecuting Human Rights defenders.


“We urge President Mnangagwa to desist from persecuting human rights defenders and heed genuine calls for reform and national dialogue as a way of unlocking the multi-faceted crisis in our country Zimbabwe.




“The Spokesperson of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Obert Masaraure has been one of the major targets of the state repression and continues to face a number of trumped up charges at the courts” said Mutasa.


The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition has raised concern over the victimization of people speak for against the excesses of the government.




“There are a number of individuals who have been victimized for speaking out against mis governance in the country and they are currently detained as political prisoners” he said.




Mutasa also said that the President has failed to keep his promises of a democratic Zimbabwe and that the justice system is being used as a tool for oppression.



“President Mnangagwa has failed to honor his pledge of opening up the democratic space and is seeking to introduce full autocracy where the justice system is used as tool for repression.



“We reaffirm our position that an independent judiciary is critical for inclusive national development to prevail and the state must guarantee the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law” added Mutasa.


Robert Tapfumaneyi