As Zimbabwe officially records its first two coronavirus cases and one death, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ability and willingness to protect ordinary Zimbabweans from unnecessary Covid-19 deaths, pain and suffering remain highly questionable.
Read South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement announcing a 21-day lockdown “to save millions of South Africans from infection and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people”, issued March 23, 2020, after South Africa had experienced a six-fold increase in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in just eight days.
Read President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement declaring the novel coronavirus or Covid-19 a “national state of disaster” and outlining South Africa’s “urgent and drastic” measures to combat the pandemic, issued Sunday, March 15, 2020, when SA had 61 confirmed cases. Five days later, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa had soared to 150.
The late Zimbabwean liberation war hero Dumiso Dabengwa played a defining role during the final years of Zimbabwe’s war of liberation from colonial rule, as well as during the independent country’s first few years, when “the British had already made a decision with Mugabe” to carry out the Gukurahundi genocide.
In this press release, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum condemns the Mnangagwa government’s latest arrest of human rights defenders and criminalisation of human rights work in Zimbabwe in violation of fundamental rights and freedoms protected by the Constitution of Zimbabwe and international law.