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Zimbabwe sends envoys to African nations to clear image

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is accused by the opposition, several nations and NGOs of allegedly unleashing state security agents on protesters, has embarked on a diplomatic mission designed to update African leaders about the country’s military crackdown on local people following nationwide riots over the high cost of living.

Mnangagwa has sent envoys, including war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa and acting Foreign Affairs Minister Perrence Shiri, to Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and other nations ahead of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union set for February 10 and 11 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Executive Council of the African Union, comprising foreign affairs ministers drawn from A.U member states, is already holding its 34thOrdinary Session in Addis Ababa where it is expected to craft an agenda for heads of state and government who will attend the A.U meeting on Sunday and Monday.

At least 12 people were killed and thousands arrested by state security agents during and after the street protests organized by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and other organizations.

Mnangagwa’s government has denied any wrong-doing, claiming that some people stole weapons from army barracks and police stations which they used to rob and kill protesters. America, Britain and other nations have condemned the killings.

Zanu PF activists like Joseph Tshuma, a member of the party’s powerful Central Committee, are praising Mnangagwa for engaging African leaders to update them on the military crackdown.

Tshuma says African leaders need to be informed about what he calls the “correct” political situation in Zimbabwe.

“The president’s move is simply a matter of him telling the other story as there have been a few reports on what is happening in Zimbabwe. Most reports have not told the world about the looting of goods in shops, the killing of a policeman and other issues. So, these envoys will convey the ‘other side of the story’ to the African leaders before their meeting at the weekend.”

But human rights activist, Clement Moyo, says Mnangagwa should focus on creating dialogue in Zimbabwe instead of engaging African leaders ahead of the A.U Ordinary Meeting.

“The envoys are obviously going to distort information about (public) demonstrations in Zimbabwe to make it appear as if they did the wrong things. What is puzzling is that these people are said to have murdered themselves after stealing weapons from the armoury … I don’t think so. It’s the army and police who did it (killed people).

“…They (African leaders) should try to create good conditions for dialogue in Zimbabwe and the Mnangagwa government should do the same and not this so-called diplomatic offensive in Africa. It won’t work.”


0 #1 Denton Mukwi 2019-02-08 22:09
Your reporting on the Zimbabwean issue is biased , unbalanced and impartial and you know that .

Are you not ashamed of yourselves? Seriously.
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0 #2 Denton Mukwi 2019-02-08 22:13
Sorry, you are voa, MDC extension , l had not noticed that.
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0 #3 kabayekka 2019-02-10 11:55
Indeed the ball for all the teams of African countries is a bit stuck in the goal of this country.

When Prime Minister Smith the white man of Africa said that Africans must not rule Zimbabwe for another 1000 years it did wake many African hearts to try and work this problem out.

Now that the Africans are running all the countries on this continent, the world with all available modern technology of communication must come out to show how African Zimbabwe people minus the dodgy Mugabe, are leading their African brothers as fellow human beings.
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0 #4 kabayekka 2019-02-11 14:19
What some of us Africans are saying is that this government of Zimbabwe does not need to spend all that money to clear its dodgy image.

The human suffering of the very poor Zimbabwe African people and those of South Africa used to communicate world wide easily during those very bad days of 1940/60 and then the independent Zimbabwe information of the 1990/2015.

If the newly elected government of Zimbabwe is a sincere government of the People Power African movement as enshirined in the many modern constitutions of Pan Africanism, it does not need to panic.

The government should continue to do better to improve the living standard of the African people. The informed world will get to know about it.
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0 #5 kabayekka 2019-02-11 14:28
These executive Councils of the African Union one would suspect that they do not want anything to do with the internal affairs of any member African Country even when that country is massacring its African people left, right and centre of every other day!
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