Mugabe Must Go: Several Injured As Zimbabweans Protest Against Human Right Abuses Under Mugabe

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August 26, 2016 – Mugabe Must Go: Several Injured As Zimbabweans Protest Against Human Right Abuses Under Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwean police early on Friday reportedly dispersed thousands of opposition supporters violently in spite of a High Court’s authorisation of the protest in Harare.

Opposition sources and witnesses said that clashes erupted after police prevented demonstrators from gathering for a march to the offices of the electoral commission, where they intended to deliver a petition calling for electoral reforms.

The sources said that the demonstrators burned tyres, set shops on fire and threw objects at police, who used batons, tear gas and water cannon to disperse them.

The sources added that ambulance sirens were heard howling in Harare’s central business district after several people were reported injured.

Witnesses said that people seeking refuge at the Harare Magistrates’ Court were tear-gassed.

Police spokeswoman, Charity Charamba, accused protesters of looting shops and said dozens of them had been arrested.

Gift Nyandoro, a lawyer representing former Vice President, Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First party, said that opposition parties planned the march to pressure President Robert Mugabe to implement electoral reforms ahead of the 2018 vote.

He said that the police refused to receive the court order authorising the rally.

Jealousy Mawarire, from the same party, said that each time people gathered, police would start firing tear gas or water cannons.

Obert Gutu from the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change called on the Southern African Development Community to intervene against “a threat to regional peace and stability” in Zimbabwe.

He noted that Zimbabwe had seen months of protests against alleged human rights abuses and the deterioration of the economy under the 92-year-old president, who had ruled Zimbabwe since 1980.

Meanwhile, Ignatious Chombo, Home Affairs Minister, vowed that instigators of violence would be dealt with.

“We are going to ensure that anyone who commits acts of any form of politically motivated violence would face the full wrath of the law,” Chombo told dpa.

[Sources: DPA, NAN]

13 thoughts on “Mugabe Must Go: Several Injured As Zimbabweans Protest Against Human Right Abuses Under Mugabe

  1. Oga’s cup don de overflow so populace too don sign “agree die”. Pele o Oga presidio, it is like peace has flown out the window and time to expand the prison space has arrived !!!

  2. YOU GUYS WOKE up late. This man shouldn’t have been allowed there up till now. But burning and looting shops is not the game. I almost thought you people have become wise. Now I see it is the fifth gear of foolishness. .

  3. the fact is that some human are really clueless and has no reason for doing whatever they do.. mugabe as join the league for overstaying in the President house.. it time to go home sir time up…
    #clueless human
    #IT_CAN_ONLY_GET_BETTER

  4. What? 36yrs of leadership or RULERSHIP is not an easy thing at all o. But why are they just waking up to the reality that Mugabe has over stayed in power and needed change now?

    Or let me just say… maybe the wind of change has blown across their land too. anyway sha.
    THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER,

    I take a stroll…

  5. so na now una the wake up abi? and burning and looting shops means u people woke up from wrong side of the bed,so u people should go back to bed, wake up from the right side and do the right thing ok?

  6. @Metu I completely agree with you. They have been in slumber for over 35years and allowed Mugabe, his family and cronies to hold the country in its jugular for all these while. They are not only cowardly but more clueless than Mugabe

  7. Its time mr Mogabe quit from the political arena in his country. The 92-year-old indeed has become a burden for zimbabweans. In any country where democratic system of government exist,the citizens are free enough to determine their destiny by choosing a leader that will be willing to serve the country through free and fair election that is more transparent and without any malpractices. Mogabe’s continues grip on power is a clear sign that there have been numerous electoral malpractices in the country’s political system. This is a country that has been running one party government for decades which is unacceptable in a democratic system of government.

    Protest is one of the powerful way the citizens of any given country use in expressing their displeasure and making their demand heard by the government and as such,every citizens have the right to a peaceful protest. The court in the country have granted the members of the opposition party the go ahead in protesting peacefully,then why would the police refuse the court order authorising the rally? No wonder there was an outbreak of violent after the unlawful intervention of the police forces to deter the protesters from carrying out there civil right. And of course that is what we would expect from a dictatorship government that command a lot of executive power. Mogabe knew the electoral reform that the opposition party is calling for it implementation will go a long way in weakening his ruling party thereby making his next presidency very much unlikely, why?because the overwhelming majority of the country’s citizens deplore his authoritarianism and lack of vision for the country. The country indeed is in state of quagmire at the moment. Until there is massive uprising from the zimbabwean people against the corrupt government to get the old mogabe out of power,the country will continue to experience deep political crisis,human right violation,the use of force to quell dissent,extra judicial killings,deterioration of the economy, unlawful detention without trial and many more.

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