ZIMBABWE government has begun to feel the heat as #ZimbabweanLivesMatter campaign goes global. South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has engaged Mnangagwa over the deteriorating political and economic situation in Zimbabwe, the neighboring country’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party has announced.
ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule said this in a televised interview with South African media on the deepening human rights crisis in Zimbabwe, “We see what is happening in Zimbabwe. The President is interacting with the President of Zimbabwe, worried about what is taking place there,” Magashule noted.
This comes after regional and international celebrities like AKA, Black Coffee, Burna Boy, Morgan Heritage, Beenie Man and Ice Cube sent messages of solidarity to Zimbabweans.
But, in a statement this afternoon, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Mr Nick Mangwana dismissed the reports, that have been ignited on social media platforms that there is a crisis in Zimbabwe and reminded the region that the country’s detractors, who have pilloried the nation since the turn of the millennium because of the land reform programme which redressed historical land imbalances, are at it again.
“To set the record straight, there is no crisis or implosion in Zimbabwe. Neither has there been any abduction or “war” on citizens. Like any other country in the world, Zimbabwe has been enforcing Covid-19 regulations intended to safeguard and protect the lives of all citizens. Where necessary, the law has been fairly applied,” said Mr Mangwana. Zimbabwe, like most of the world countries, is observing a national lockdown to curb the spread of the fast spreading and deadly Covid-19 pandemic whch has killed more than 80 people in a very short space of time.
“Zimbabwe today, is peaceful and all citizens are free to go about their business as usual, within boundaries set by the lockdown regulations. His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Second Republic believes in upholding the rule of law and freedom of speech. Indeed, it is the freedom of speech that is being unfortunately abused by those who seek to push a sinister political agenda,” he said.