Zimbabwe Mnangagwa promises to ‘flush out’ opponents

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President Mnangagwa ousted longtime leader Robert Mugabe in 2017 with military backing


The Zimbabwean president has vowed to “flush out” his opponents as anger against his government grows over alleged corruption and economic mismanagement.

Attempts by “a few rogue Zimbabweans” to destabilize the country into “leagues with foreign detractors” would be defeated, Emmerson Mnangagwa added.

More than 20 people have been arrested since last week when an anti-government protest was blocked, lawyers say.

The images of security forces beating civilians sparked global outrage.

#ZimbabweanLivesMatter followed a trend on Twitter, with celebrities – including South African rapper Kiernan Forbes, known as AKA – supporting the campaign.

Award-winning Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga, nominated for this year’s Booker Prize, was among those detained for protesting Friday in defiance of a police ban.


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Media captionZimbabwe was largely closed on the day the opposition called for protests

She was released on bail after being charged with incitement to commit violence and violating health regulations introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono remains in detention after being arrested and charged last month with inciting public violence.

He had denounced alleged corruption within the Ministry of Health when purchasing medical supplies to fight the virus.

His arrest was condemned by the US government and UN officials.

What exactly did the president say?

In a televised address on Tuesday, Mnangagwa condemned the “machinations of destructive terrorist opposition groups”.

“Those who promote hatred and disharmony will never win. The bad apples that tried to divide our people and weaken our systems will be flushed out. Good will triumph over evil, ”he said.

Mnangagwa added that his government had faced many hurdles since coming to power following the ouster of longtime leader Robert Mugabe in 2017, but that it would remain resolute.

“We will defeat the attack and stop the hemorrhaging of our economy. We will overcome the attempts to destabilize our society, ”he said.

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Security forces pledge to maintain law and order in Zimbabwe


Zimbabwe’s economy is in deep crisis, with inflation reaching over 700%.

Last month, the World Food Program (WFP) said nearly two-thirds of the population will need food assistance by the end of this year.

WFP said the Covid-19 lockdown has led to massive unemployment and hunger in rural areas as urban migrants return to their villages, where there is little food.


“Unexpected address”

Analyse par Shingai Nyoka, BBC News, Harare

It was an unexpected speech by President Mnangawa early in the morning, with some saying the damage control was sparked by growing global criticism.

The president’s tone was partly conciliatory, calling for patriotism, assuring the nation that political and economic goals are on the right track.

But it was the warnings that raised concerns about the crackdown.

Many have already been arrested for demonstrating against alleged corruption.

And Zimbabwe’s economy has been in decline. The government blames him on currency manipulation and Western sanctions.


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