In yet another clear manifestation of Zimbabwe’s burgeoning digital authoritarianism, the Mnangagwa regime imposed a total blockade on the Internet in a futile attempt to conceal security forces’ “systematic torture” and extrajudicial killing of more than a dozen people during last week’s protests against the president’s hiking of fuel price by 150%.
Zimbabwe security forces killed seven unarmed protesters in Harare just after the Southern African country’s first election without Robert Mugabe on the ballot. Nearly two months later, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF government continues to persecute the opposition while proposing a post-Mugabe economy that favours unfettered global capitalism.
Prominent Zimbabwean journalist Violet Gonda is suing Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede and the minister of home affairs in the High Court of Zimbabwe for denying her a new passport. The denial is based on the fact that she’s blacklisted by the supposedly post-Mugabe government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
This week, Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court heard the opposition MDC Alliance’s historic petition against the questionable results of the 2018 presidential election. In his challenge, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa argued that “gross irregularities” effectively invalidated the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s declaration of Emmerson Mnangagwa as the winner of the election.