State brutality won’t help economy: ZHRC

State brutality won’t help economy: ZHRC 1

By Pauline Hurungudo Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has condemned security forces’ brutality saying heavy-handedness on protesters does not fix the economy. A Zimbabwean military helicopter on Tuesday fired tear gas at demonstrators blocking a road and burning tires in the capital on a second day of deadly protests after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in the economically shattered country. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi) This comes after Zimbabwe witnessed one of its first ever deadly anti-government protests against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration, which has allegedly claimed more…

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UK urged to suspend aid to Zim

UK urged to suspend aid to Zim 2

By Nokuthaba Nkomo President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s re-engagement efforts will suffer a huge blow as calls for the United Kingdom (UK) government to withdraw its foreign aid and support to Zimbabwe mount. Armed police officers outside the residence of Evan Mawarire, an activist and pastor who helped mobilize people to protest against the hike in fuel prices, following his arrest in Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. Mawarire was arrested Wednesday for allegedly inciting violence in the protests against the government’s increase in fuel prices. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi) This comes as…

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Ramaphosa says lift Zimbabwe sanctions

Ramaphosa says lift Zimbabwe sanctions 3

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says his country favours the lifting or easing of international sanctions on neighbouring Zimbabwe, whose new government has cracked down on protests over a dramatic rise in fuel prices. President Cyril Ramaphosa. File photo. Image by: ESA ALEXANDER Ramaphosa spoke on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, saying Zimbabwe faces “serious, serious, economic challenges and they can be assisted by the world if those sanctions are lifted.” The United States has sanctions on Zimbabwean officials including President Emmerson Mnangagwa and says…

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Quotable Quotes: What they are saying after #ZimbabweShutDown and #ZimbabweAtrocities

Quotable Quotes: What they are saying after #ZimbabweShutDown and #ZimbabweAtrocities 4

Build Zimbabwe Alliance: “He preaches unity yet practices division. Talks peace yet sends security forces to murder & abuse. He says the voice of the people is the voice of God, yet when the people speak he forcefully silences them. Talks austerity, yet lavishly spends on himself. He is @edmnangagwa.” An injured man on a stretcher is loaded into a medical vehicle to be taken to hospital after being being beaten by soldiers in the Sizinda Township, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019. Widespread reports of violence continued as Zimbabwe…

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Zimbabwe president struggles to draw line under brutal crackdown

Zimbabwe president struggles to draw line under brutal crackdown 5

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed on Tuesday to investigate security forces over their deadly crackdown on protesters, as he has returned to the country and scrambled to fend off a barrage of criticism. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa inspects Russian honour guards during a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport on January 14, 2019. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP) The crackdown has shattered Mnangagwa’s claims to have turned a fresh page after the violently repressive era of Robert Mugabe, who was ousted from power by the military…

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Zimbabwe president struggles to draw line under brutal crackdown

Zimbabwe president struggles to draw line under brutal crackdown 6

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed on Tuesday to investigate security forces over their deadly crackdown on protesters, as he has returned to the country and scrambled to fend off a barrage of criticism. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa inspects Russian honour guards during a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport on January 14, 2019. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP) The crackdown has shattered Mnangagwa’s claims to have turned a fresh page after the violently repressive era of Robert Mugabe, who was ousted from power by the military…

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Plot to topple Mnangagwa unmasked

Plot to topple Mnangagwa unmasked 7

By Tendai Kamhungira Serious fresh ructions have emerged in Zanu PF, resulting in two prominent members of the former liberation movement revealing explosive details over the past few days of an apparent plot to topple President Emmerson Mnangagwa from power, the Daily News can report. President Emmerson Mnangagwa with Zanu PF spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo at State House So serious is the plan to remove Mnangagwa from power, that a sitting ruling party Member of Parliament (MP) and a former Cabinet minister say they have been threatened with death for refusing…

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Zim authorities face ICC threat

Zim authorities face ICC threat 8

By Tendai Kamhungira South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has challenged President Cyril Ramaphosa to take urgent steps to stop the on-going crackdown against dissenting voices by Zimbabwe’s security forces. General Constantino Chiwenga and President Emmerson Mnangagwa The party also warned ominously that should Ramaphosa fail to intervene in the matter decisively, the DA would soon call upon the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. The ICC is an international tribunal that sits in The Hague, in the Netherlands. It has powers to prosecute…

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Happening Now: Breaking news from around Zimbabwe (January 22, 2019)

Happening Now: Breaking news from around Zimbabwe (January 22, 2019) 9

admin January 22, 20192:57 pm Nelson Chamisa demands release of ‘prisoners of conscience’ MDC leader Nelson Chamisa, responding to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call for national dialogue, says the Zanu PF leader is insincere. Here is what he had to say: We continue to mourn our lost relatives and empathise with the wounded and displaced fellow citizens. Our solution to the crisis requires sincerity, honesty and compassion for those we lead. It is not about lofty words or wordplay unsupported by conduct on the ground. We’ve long offered a hand to…

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Mnangagwa says will probe security forces excesses, Chamisa demands end to crackdown

Mnangagwa says will probe security forces excesses, Chamisa demands end to crackdown 12

HARARE- President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised on Tuesday to investigate a brutal crackdown by security forces on anti-government protesters, as two of his supporters spoke of a possible plot to remove him from office. Lawyers and activists say police and soldiers have killed at least a dozen people, wounded scores and arrested hundreds since demonstrations began nine days ago following a hike in the price of fuel. Zimbabwe’s Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) accused security forces of systematic torture. In his first public comments since cutting short a foreign trip, Mnangagwa said…

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