Mnangagwa proving to be another Mugabe

Mnangagwa proving to be another Mugabe
Published: 24 May 2019 (140 Views)
AFTER the November 2017 coup which toppled long-standing president Robert Mugabe, Zimbabweans thought it was the dawn of a new era. President Emmerson Mnangagwa assumed control of both government and the ruling Zanu-PF after a short stint in exile.

His return was greeted with cheers with Zimbabweans from the political divide thronging the National Sports Stadium during his inauguration on November 24, 2017. In his first speech as the country's new leader, Mnangagwa promised the country's citizens a new Zimbabwe that would be very different from Mugabe's era.

However, the more things change the more they remain the same judging by what has transpired during Mnangagwa's short reign.
People are failing to access cash from banks with some even sleeping out in the cold hoping to be the first in the line when the financial institutions open in the morning.

Fuel queues have also resurfaced as motorists and transporters are finding it hard to access this precious liquid. To make it worse, at the start of this year Mnangagwa's administration increased the price of fuel by 150 percent which triggered destructive riots nationwide.

At least 16 people lost their lives after the government deployed the military in order to restore order after the police had been overpowered.

Earlier this week, Mnangagwa and his government once again increased the price of fuel with most service stations now selling petrol at RTGS$4,7 per litre while diesel is going for RTGS$4,85 per litre. Effectively, prices of most basics goods continue to skyrocket beyond the reach of many Zimbabweans, who are living well below the poverty datum line.

With public discontent and threats of mass protests growing, Mnangagwa has become paranoid. Five human rights activists were arrested at the RGM International Airport this week and were charged with treason by the Harare Magistrate's Court.

George Makoni of Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe, Tatenda Mombeyarara from Citizens Manifesto, Gamuchirai Mukura from Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (Cotrad), Nyasha Mpahlo of Green Governance Zimbabwe and Farirai Gumbonzvanda of Rosaria Memorial Trust were returning from a workshop in Maldives where they allegedly "received training on mobilising protesters and handling small arms".

Zimbabweans have heard all this before during Mugabe's time when various opposition leaders and the civic society workers were all hounded and alleged to have tried to topple the government.
However, all these charges would be dropped with the State failing to provide sufficient evidence of the treason claims.

Mnangagwa has borrowed Mugabe's template and is proving to be no different from the man he toppled.

- dailynews

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