This should not be happening in a democracy which Zimbabwe has declared to Africa and the rest of the world that it is,Harare Trading resumed on the Zimbabwe stock exchange on Monday a month after it was ordered to halt business by authorities scrambling to protect the country’s currency, the bourse chief said.
Mnangagwa addressed the nation on Tuesday,After a series of protests and uproar about the treatment of civilians, including the jailing of some, Zimbabwe’s President will address the nation#ZimbabweanLivesMatter
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa addressed the nation on Tuesday morning.
He called for unity and patriotism to work towards rebuilding the country’s battered economy.
On Friday, security forces were deployed to Zimbabwe’s two main cities, Harare and Bulawayo, to prevent anti-government marches called by activists over corruption and economic hardship.
In Bulawayo and central Harare, the capital, businesses were shut as police and soldiers patrolled the streets. Shops also stayed shut in some Harare townships, including Mbare – a hotbed of past protests.
Popular anger has risen over an economic crisis marked by inflation running above 700%, shortages of foreign currency and public hospitals crippled by strikes and a lack of medicine.
Police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said main opposition spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere and novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga were among five people arrested for inciting public violence after protesting in their neighbourhood. Human rights lawyers there said more were detained.
Mnangagwa has said the protests constitute an “insurrection” by the opposition.
Meanwhile, trading resumed on the Zimbabwe stock exchange on Monday a month after it was ordered to halt business by authorities scrambling to protect the country’s currency, the bourse chief said.
Scores were killed during a crackdown on the last major protests in January 2019. Opponents say Mnangagwa is exploiting a COVID-19 lockdown to stifle dissent, after he imposed an overnight curfew and restricted free movement last week.
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There is no word from the SA government yet about alleged human rights violations in Zimbabwe.
Journalists and activists who have been critical of Zimbabwe’s government have been arrested.
Among those arrested was prominent journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono, and writer, Tsitsi Dangarembga.
There is still no word from the South African government on the growing number of reports of alleged human rights violations in Zimbabwe.
SA TIMES understands that the matter is being discussed by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco).
Department spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele told SA TIMES on Tuesday morning that consultations were still under way. A statement is expected to be released soon.
This comes amid growing reports of alleged human rights violations in the country, prompting the #ZimbabweanLivesMatter social movement, which aims to bring the issue to the forefront.
Several Zimbabwean journalists and activists have been arrested, allegedly abducted or beaten in recent weeks after they either spoke out against alleged corruption, or were critical of the ZanuPF-led government.
Among those targeted was prominent Zimbabwean investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono (49), who is still in police custody after his recent arrest in his home country’s capital of Harare on 20 July. He is accused of inciting Zimbabweans to join a planned anti-government protest during the coronavirus outbreak, SA TIMES previously reported.
The African Editors’ Forum (TAEF) and the Southern African Editors’ Forum (SAEF) have expressed concern about “the continued harassment and arrest of journalists in Zimbabwe by the government”.
Both bodies also called on the immediate release of Chin’ono and reminded the Zimbabwean government that journalism was not a crime.
Zimbabwe soldiers enforce protest ban on empty streets of Harare
The streets of central Harare are empty, as soldiers and police patrol to enforce a ban on protests. Demonstrators had been set to take to the streets to protest against alleged state corruption and the deteriorating economy.
“The Zimbabwean government should allow journalists to do their work freely without any hindrance and we demand a guarantee for the safety of all media personnel in the country,” TAEF chairperson Jovial Rantao and SAEF chairperson Willie Mponda said in a statement on Monday.
“This should not be happening in a democracy which Zimbabwe has declared to Africa and the rest of the world that it is,” the duo added.
In addition, Zimbabwean renowned author Tsitsi Dangarembga (61) was recently arrested during anti-government protests and was released on bail on Saturday. SA TIMES earlier reported that the writer was charged with incitement to commit violence and breaching anti-coronavirus health regulations after staging a two-women demonstration in Harare.