LATEST: US government speaks out as Mnangagwa’s security forces vow to crush demos


The U.S. has called on the Zimbabwe Government to respect the Constitution and to allow political parties and civic society organisations to hold peaceful demonstrations without threats of arrests and intimidation.

In a statement issued by the US Embassy in Harare, the Donald Trump government has reminded President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government that this right was protected under the Constitution and that is actually one of the human rights.

The embassy also spoke out against the continued crackdown against human rights campaigners following the arrest of seven (7) activists who have been charged with plotting to overthrow President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

Writing on their social media account, the United States Embassy said: “Harassment and targeted arrests of civil society leaders damages Zimbabwe’s reputation and economic future.

“We call on the Zimbabwean government to uphold its constitution, respect rule of law and foster an environment where all can contribute to the nation’s progress.

“All citizens and their civic leaders, political parties, or civil society organizations have the constitutional right to peaceful assembly and association. All have important roles to play in contributing to Zimbabwe’s future and must be given the space and freedom to do so.

“Hand in hand with freedom of speech goes the power to be heard, to share in the decisions of government which shape men’s lives.”

In a related matter, the Zimbabwe Republic Police says it is ready to crush anyone who will engage in an unlawful mass uprising that is being called for by some shadowy characters who are using social media.

A message that has been circulating on social media has called for Zimbabweans to embark on a violent protest on Thursday in a bid to show the citizen’s displeasure at the way the Emmerson Mnangagwa government is running the country.

“ZRP is urging members of the public to disregard a social media post which is calling for the public to engage in acts of violence by burning vehicles, destroying shops, stopping children from going to school and agitating for bloodshed on 30/05/19,” police have said.

ZRP added that the source of the inciting message is being investigated.

“Police are on high alert and will arrest anyone who engages in any form of violence, threats or intimidation to the community. The source of this alarming post is now subject of police inquiry.”

— ZOOMZimbabwe

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