PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has accused the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) of stage-managing acts of political violence countrywide to stall Zimbabwe’s readmission into the Commonwealth.
Addressing mourners at the National Heroes Acre during the burial of national hero, Major General (Rtd) Sydney Bhebhe at the national shrine yesterday, Mnangagwa said he would crack the whip on perpetrators of violence.
He was referring to the Nyatsime violence last week where CCC activists engaged in running battles with Zanu-PF supporters following the brutal murder of opposition activist Moreblessing Ali.
Mnangagwa said the Nyatsime violence was stage-managed ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled for Kigali, Rwanda from yesterday to Saturday, where Zimbabwe is seeking readmission.
“What happened recently in the Nyatsime township of Chitungwiza is deplorable and should never be repeated. The nation is now familiar with these shenanigans and incidences of staged violence, which are designed to tarnish the image of Zimbabwe, especially ahead of major international meetings,” Mnangagwa said.
“This time, the destabilising and violent theatrics by opposition elements are being done ahead of the CHOGM meeting in Rwanda. Shame on you if you are the leader of a political party that thrives on violence and the insecurity of our people.
“The levels and intensity of falsehoods being peddled by some opposition political parties to whip their supporters into orgies of violence, hate and disharmony, is now extremely worrisome and my administration will not stand by and watch. Violence has no place in Zimbabwe we are building. We want peace, love and harmony. Equally, let us as a people shun all forms of self-hate, as well as the peddling of falsehoods and misinformation,” he said. Mnangagwa warned that the law would be ruthless on perpetrators of violence without fear or favour