Mnangagwa’s ‘fake’ concern over security forces brutality angers opposition

2019-01-31 13:12
President Emmerson Mnangagwa (Picture: AFP)

President Emmerson Mnangagwa (Picture: AFP)

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Zimbabwean opposition parties have accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa of being out of touch with reality on the ground after he had expressed outrage on social media over continued state security forces brutality.

Writing on his Twitter account on Monday, Mnangagwa said he was "appalled" by a televised report showing abuses by security forces in a continuing crackdown.

Mnangagwa said he was unhappy at the video, broadcast by Sky News, showing security forces hitting a man who had been arrested.

Mnangagwa said he "instructed that the individuals behind this be arrested."

Angry protests against the government's drastic fuel price hikes provoked a harsh crackdown by police and military in which 12 have been killed and 300 wounded, scores by gunshot wounds, according to doctors and rights groups, reported AP.

Long after the protests ended, the military clampdown continues with forces going house to house to carry out arbitrary arrests, beatings, torture, abductions and rapes, according to rights groups.

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According to New, opposition parties in the southern African country have accused the president of being fully aware of the ongoing crackdown by security forces.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) spokesperson, Jacob Mafume was quoted saying, the president and his government were “suffering from split personality disorder.”

“One day they smile and the next day they bite, maybe they take their nicknames (Crocodile) literally.”

Other opposition parties said they were also concerned over the continued brutal crackdown.

The MDC party led by Thokozani Khupe said Mnangagwa was out of touch with reality and needed to act fast as the security forces crackdown was widely reported on by local media houses and right groups.   

The party’s spokesperson Linda Masarira called on the president to return the military back to its barracks, said the report.


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