Nelson Chamisa, a Zimbabwean politician and church pastor, who lost the presidency in the concluded elections has spoken out about the persecution of opposition by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Chamisa the MDC Alliance President and former member of the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe for Kuwadzana, said the persecution of leaders Tendai Biti, Komichi, Chidziva and other party officials by the state is unjustified and unacceptable.
“I raised this matter with President Cyril Ramaphosa whom we count on to persuade the perpetrators to halt this unmerited persecution. The weak terrorise!” he tweeted.
Biti was arrested by Zambian authorities where he sought asylum and handed over to Zimbabwean police.
Chamisa later had the honour and privilege of being called by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres congratulating the people of Zimbabwe and appreciating opposition’s great show in the Presidential election.
“Most indebted to the UN for such a hands-on approach to global issues,” he said.
Chamisa also had special call from the UK Minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin and Member of Parliament for West Worcestershire.
“We had a great conversation regarding political developments in Zimbabwe. I’m encouraged by the UK government’s insistence on standards for human rights, credible elections and rule of law,” he said.
Chamisa said his legal team successfully filed court papers challenging Mnangagwa’s election victory.
“We have a good case and cause!!”
To the people of Zimbabwe, he said: “A big thank you. I’m so humbled by your messages of support, solidarity and encouragement to fix the national question and election stalemate.”
He added: “I’m just so moved by the prayers and supportive mood across the whole country. We won the elections and celebrations are coming.”
Army boss speaks
Zimbabwe’s armed forces chief is demanding to know who ordered troops last week to break up protests against the ruling party’s election victory and why he wasn’t informed about the decision, according to three senior government officials.
Bloomberg quotes General Philip Valerio Sibanda asking for an explanation from President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa, his advisers and intelligence chiefs of the events on Aug. 1 that left six people dead in the capital, Harare, and raised questions about who controls the security forces.
No one shed light on what happened, according to the officials, who have details of the Aug. 3 meeting but asked not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to comment.
The military dramatically intervened in Zimbabwe’s political scene in November when it briefly took control of the southern African nation and prompted the ruling party to force long-time President Robert Mugabe to step down and replace him with Mnangagwa.
The commander at the time, Constantino Chiwenga, was appointed deputy president.
At the meeting with the president, Sibanda, a respected figure who commanded a multinational peace-keeping force in Angola, also wanted to know the identity of armed men dressed in ragtag uniforms that were shown on social media beating people and riding in military vehicles.
He said publicly that no Zimbabwean soldier was ordered to fire on unarmed civilians and no such directive would ever be given.
“We’re witnessing what are purported soldiers, but they’re not soldiers, and we’re very busy investigating this,” Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo, a retired general, told Bloomberg.
Mnangagwa, who was declared the winner of the presidential vote on Aug. 3 and was due to be inaugurated on Sunday, but the ceremony was called off following the court petition.