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.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was declared the winner of the disputed 2018 presidential election by the Constitutional Court after initially grabbing power through a military coup, is unlikely to bring real democracy and stop further militarisation in Zimbabwe.
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.
Zimbabwe President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa’s calculated post-2018 election terror campaign against the opposition MDC Alliance, which included the murder of six people people by the military, arbitrary arrests, and detentions, caught the world media’s attention.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says opposition figure Tendai Biti’s forced return to Zimbabwe after he’d sought asylum in neighboring Zambia was “a serious violation of international refugee law”.