Thursday, 3 November 2016

ACTIVISTS SLAM MNANGAGWA RIGHTS REPORT

Human rights activists have trashed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa‘s human rights report he presented to a United Nations panel in Geneva, Switzerland, yesterday, accusing him of playing down the situation and pulling wool over the council’s faces.

Speaking at the Universal Periodic Review of human rights, Mnangagwa painted a rosy picture of the county’s human rights situation, even claiming that security agents were working with the family and lawyers of abducted and missing anti-President Robert Mugabe activist, Itai Dzamara, to locate him.

“He (Mnangagwa) is lying. All those are blatant lies, period! Mnangagwa is a liar,” Itai’s brother, Patson, told the Daily News.

“Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has failed to come up with a single lead and that has cemented our position of disbelief in their motives. The few times they have presented reports, they were whitewashed and mere nonsense. I am taking (Police commissioner general Augustine) Chihuri to court over that actually,” Patson said.

“This government is evil. They have never assisted the family in any way, despite the several times we have tried to engage them formally through petitions. They virtually ignored us and they have tortured me several times for asking about Itai. I am not sure whether that is the assistance this liar Mnangagwa is talking about,” he said, adding that “we are not going to tire until we get to the bottom of this”.

In his presentation, Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe had taken huge strides in implementing the recommendations but blamed sanctions and drought for failure to implement all the recommendations.

He further claimed that government was feeding children living on the streets, supporting free education, promoting freedom of expression and assembly, providing free health care in rural communities, among other issues, which left the audience following the presentation via a live web-cast in Harare gasping.

In response, a researcher, Clemence Machakaire, said civil society should expose government’s lies.

“The government didn’t publicise this report because it is full of lies, lies and more lies. It doesn’t portray the truth of what’s happening on the ground,” he said.
Zimbabwe Human NGO Forum programmes coordinator, Blessing Gorejena, said they were going to run awareness campaigns on the report.

“When they go there, they misrepresent issues. We all know that most of the issues which were said here we do not concur with them,” she said. daily news

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