Former cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo has claimed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa never had a chance to work with communities before the 2017 military coup, claiming that he was always a security person and a man who believes “less if at all in politics and more in violence.”
Mnangagwa came into power through a military coup that ousted late former president Robert Mugabe in November 2017.
Mnangagwa repeatedly pledged commitment to human rights reforms, but his administration in fact has remained highly intolerant of basic rights, peaceful dissent, and free expression.
The administration has grown more to be characterised by, corruption, arrests of political activists, opposition politicians, journalists and the dissent.
Corruption is also partly blamed as a reason why his regime fails to revive the country’s economy which is facing serious shortages of electricity, basic commodities like the staple food mealie meal, fuel, and proper hospitals.
Speaking at a Live Chat with Josey recently, Moyo said Mnangagwa never had a character to be a leader of the country given that he lacked humility. He added that the Zanu PF leader has been at the forefront of orchestrating violence since independence.
“He is a person who believes less if at all in politics and more in violence. He embedded himself with the Rhodesian security apparatus right from the beginning and the South African Apartheid security.
“He worked with those people, they were his network and the British intelligence. He did not work with communities, he did not care about human life. He had always claimed that he is opposed to the death penalty because he faced it not because he understands the sanctity of human life, the importance of human life. His career is about blood spilling from day one,” the former Information minister said.
Moyo added that Mnangagwa even after independence remained associated with the Apartheid and Rhodesian security personnel as his networks adding that this influenced him to be more cruel to humanity.
“He is a security man, he has been defined not even as a security man but as a military man. As a man who knows nothing about humility. When he was asked after the coup, ‘what have you learnt now that you’re in this office?’ He said ‘what I have learnt is to be humble’ you don’t need to learn to be humble, your mother and father should teach you that from birth.
“The Zimbabwean situation will not be told to a level where we can really move forward as a nation until there is a serious judicial process,” he added.
Mnangagwa in 2017 promised to re-engage the country with the international community through ending human rights abuses and corruption.
Three years down the line, the international community is condemning his regime for failing to respect human rights.