New credibility blow for MugabeFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE government of Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, has suffered another integrity setback after the veteran leader (92) and his cabinet were described as biggest obstacles to peace and tolerance in the country.
The partisan police and military have also been indicted through their quashing of people’s democratic rights to protest.
The negative assessment by the National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) follows arrests of non-violent protesters demonstrating against the decline of the rule of law, unemployment, corruption and poverty.
“The demon of intolerance has visited them (government) with considerable threats to the livelihoods and well-being of the vast majority of citizens who genuinely yearn to become part of building a new society of peace and harmony,” NTJWG chairman, Alec Muchadehama, said at a conference in Harare.
Police have responded to escalating protests with brutality while Mugabe has blamed Western nations for fuelling instability in his troubled country.
Muchadehama dissuaded Mugabe, in power since 1980, from vilifying protesters and critics of his government and its policies.
“The nation’s wounds must be healed and not be poked at. It is the duty of the Executive and government to foster peace and not suggest the contrary.”
Citizens are planning a so-called mother of all protests to express displeasure at prevailing problems.
– CAJ News
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