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Zimbabwe: Open for business, closed for democracy

Harare, Zimbabwe Politics April 2 @ 8:36am

The government of Zimbabwe, since the ascendency of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in November 2017, has used the "Zimbabwe is Open for Business" mantra to project itself as diverse to opening up the economy to foreign investors. However, the administration now faces corruption allegations to which it now uses the security, judiciary and parliament institutions to silence and arrest critics, opposition politicians and student leaders exposing such corruption. The latest is opposition youth leader Makomborero Haruziviishe who faces a 20 year jail term for conviction on allegations of skipping bail and other hanging charges of alleged kidnapping. His sentence is on Tuesday.

Furthermore, the ruling ZANU-PF party now controls the opposition party it is using to recall members critical to the administration from parliament. So far, at least 48 opposition parliamentarians and 80 municipal councillors have been recalled from Parliament and Council, while at the same time government still maintains there is no need to go for by-elections because of COVID-19, yet ZANU PF conducts rallies or political events that attract hundreds of its supporters, defying COVID19 regulations.
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