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Zimbabwe: Dictatorship On The Rise As Government Clamps Down Opposition by RandomAfrican1: 7:20pm On Aug 03


The government in Zimbabwe has sent out the military to arrest scores of opposition party members after it prevented a civil demonstration last week.

Source; https://africaatrandom.com/zimbabwe-dictatorship-on-the-rise-as-government-clamps-down-opposition/

So far, about 60 people have been arrested in the government’s new clamp down on dissenting voices. This is coming as a surprise because people expected much from the current President, Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took over from Robert Mugabe, who himself was widely known as a dictator.

Even though both are of the same party, the ZANU PF, and Mr. Mnangagwa was Mugabe’s Vice for years, and people thought that it would be a new dawn and a different Zimbabwe under the new President’s watch, but alas, it appears that the country is back at square one.

A number of high profile Zimbabweans have been arrested in this dictatorial clamp down. Internationally renowned author, Tsitsi Dangarembga, was arrested for conducting a peaceful protest. He was sent to police cells to spend a night, before being released on bail.

The country’s main opposition party, the MDC Alliance, says that dozens of its executives have been arrested whiles many others have gone into hiding for the fear of their lives. Reports are that when the security agencies go looking for someone in their homes and meet their absence, their properties and relatives bear the brunt of the anger as they get brutalized by the men in uniform – this was stated by the opposition party’s spokes person, Tenda Biti.

Human rights groups have also accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration of clamping down on dissent under the guise of enforcing anti-COVID-19 lockdown rules.

The government and its security agencies on the other hand have been denying the accusations of dictatorship and human rights violations levelled against them. They rather claim that those being arrested are people who have sort to make the nation ungovernable and as such, there is the need to put them in check for the sanity of society.

The case of arrest and jailing of investigative journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono, was postponed on Monday by the courts to Thursday. This makes it two weeks since the journalist got arrested without bail on accusations of leading a foiled revolt against the government.

Also, another investigative journalist, Mdudzuzi Mathuthu, who is known to have focused on cases of corruption in relation to purchases of COVID-19 personal procurement equipment and drugs, has gone into hiding because the government have sent the forces after him too.

“I am hiding like a rat in my own country for doing nothing more than my job,” Mathuthu told The Associated Press Monday.

“Journalism is just a job, but in Zimbabwe it can be a matter of life and death. They have not only come just after me, but my family as well,” he said.
Re: Zimbabwe: Dictatorship On The Rise As Government Clamps Down Opposition by KingAgroOrganic(m): 7:22pm On Aug 03
Nawaho things are happening in Africa,


dedicate this space to DJ Panda,
Re: Zimbabwe: Dictatorship On The Rise As Government Clamps Down Opposition by SmartProf(m): 7:23pm On Aug 03
African leaders are cursed. Zimbabwe thought their problem will end when Mugabe is flushed out but see what the country is descending into. As it is today, the country is so backward and cannot even be used as a collateral to obtain a bank loan.
Re: Zimbabwe: Dictatorship On The Rise As Government Clamps Down Opposition by Ikengawo: 8:15pm On Aug 03
SmartProf:
African leaders are cursed. Zimbabwe thought their problem will end when Mugabe is flushed out but see what the country is descending into. As it is today, the country is so backward and cannot even be used as a collateral to obtain a bank loan.

the picture i'm seeing above doesn't look backwards at all

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