(Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President
Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday expressed shock at the harassment
and beating of civilians by Zimbabwean security agents and
ordered the arrest of those involved.
Reacting to a
SkyNews report on the beatings and harassment, Mnangagwa said
said on Twitter that the ill-treatment "was not the Zimbabwean
The report showed Zimbabwean state security agents beating a
handcuffed man they had arrested in one of Harare’s suburbs.
The president’s comment came after the ministers of home
affairs and justice at the weekend said government would
investigate allegations of misconduct by security forces,
including abuse of citizens during demonstrations that rocked
the country earlier this month.
Rights organizations have alleged that members of Zimbabwe’s
security forces have tortured, beaten, harassed and sexually
abused citizens during and after the demonstrations held in
protest against the increase in price of fuel.
The violent demonstrations resulted in the death of at least
six people, looting of shops and widespread destruction of
Some 700 people have been arrested countrywide in connection
with the violence.
Home Affairs Minister Cain Mathema said the government took
seriously reports of alleged rape, sexual abuse and assault
allegedly committed by members of the uniformed forces.
South Africa ruling ANC
delegation meets Zimbabwe ruling party officials
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
A delegation from South Africa’s ruling Africa
National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday met with officials from
Zimbabwe’s governing ZANU-PF party in Harare to discuss the
situation in the country.
The five-member team, led by ANC secretary-general Ace
Magashule, was briefed on the current situation in the country
by the Zimbabwean party’s secretary for administration Obert
Mpofu at the ZANU-PF headquarters.
In his address, Magashule applauded President Emmerson
Mnangagwa for giving them the opportunity to interact with their
"We clearly understand the situation on the ground which is
affecting your country and we want to move forward as former
liberation movements in addressing your situation," he said.
Mpofu said the two political parties were joined together by
a rich revolutionary background.
"Our long walk to freedom as stated by your founding father
Nelson Mandela still continues.
As Zimbabwe we have achieved one milestone in this journey of
emancipation by ensuring that we take ownership of the land."
"This precious resource which is very dear and sentimental to
all Africans should not be taken for granted," he said.
The country was rocked by demonstrations two weeks ago as
Zimbabweans protested against rising fuel prices and the
deteriorating economic situation.
At least six people were killed during the protests while
several shops were looted and property destroyed.
About 700 people were arrested countrywide in connection with
the violent protests.
Zimbabwean president sets
up task force to
address issues related to post-election violence
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa
has set up an inter-ministerial task force to address issues
detailed in recent reports and findings concerning last year’s
"President Mnangagwa has established an Inter-Ministerial
Task Force to address issues arising from the reports by the
2018 Harmonized Election Observer Missions as well as the
Findings of the Motlanthe Commission," the Ministry of
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services said in a
The task force consists of justice minister as the chairman,
minister of foreign affairs as deputy chair, minister of
information, minister of finance, minister of home affairs,
minister of industry, minister of state security, Zimbabwe Law
Society Representative, the attorney general and the Zimbabwe
Electoral Commission (ZEC).
Several observer missions commended the peaceful pre-election
environment in last year’s first post-Mugabe era elections but
deplored the post-election violence that occurred on Aug. 1
resulting in the deaths of six people and destruction of
Western observers, in particular the European Union (EU)
observer mission, hailed the peaceful pre-election period but
condemned what it called misuse of state resources, intimidation
of voters, partisan behavior by traditional leaders and overt
bias of the state media in favor of the ruling ZANU-PF party.
The EU observer mission also noted lack of independence of
the ZEC, saying this undermined public trust in the electoral
The observer group, which was the single largest
international observer group to the polls, recommended
implementation of reforms to ensure the ZEC is widely perceived
to be an independent election management body capable of
administering credible elections.
The Commission of Inquiry set up by President Mnangagwa to
look into the Aug. 1 violence also made a number of
recommendations including national dialogue among main political
parties, provision of compensation to all the affected victims,
review of all laws relating to hate speech, abuse of cyber space
and incitement to commit acts of violence.
The seven-member Commission of Inquiry, chaired by former
South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, also recommended that
police should be equipped with the necessary skills and capacity
to deal with rioters and should be further trained to be
professional and non-partisan.
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