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.
Renewing the United States’ long-standing sanctions on Zimbabwe for another year, President Donald Trump stated that “the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States”.
With President Emmerson Mnangagwa wrestling his deputy, ex-General Constantine Chiwenga, while the ZANU PF government continues to mismanage the economy, “there will be no happy ending for Zimbabwe in 2019,” argues Professor Stephen Chan of the University of London.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ongoing brutal crackdown on opposition supporters, rights defenders, labour leaders, and ordinary Zimbabweans, and recent Internet blockade, “betray promises to create a new Zimbabwe,” said the U.S. State Department in a statement issued this week.