“People call us junta, the President (Emmerson Mnangagwa) is a war veteran, Vice-President (Constantino) Chiwenga is a soldier, I am a soldier, (Housing) minister (Daniel) Garwe here is a soldier and we will rule not minding what the media says. We will continue to rule. Civilians will not” (…) “Those of you who are like dogs barking at the rising moon, you can come back home because the moon will continue rising. There is nothing wrong in coming back home” – Vice President Kembo Mohandi on the 16th October 2020 (Newsday.co.zw – ‘Junta here to stay: Mohadi’ 17.10.2020).
Vice-President Mohandi revealed and said things straight-forward. So, the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) is saying what people are saying about it. It is a military enterprise with military leaders. The government is a junta and they are not claiming to be otherwise.
This is not shocking, the other VP is acting like the government is an army. It is Command Government. It is Command Fasting, Command Agriculture and Command Health Care. ZANU-PF is not hiding it anymore.
We knew that the military took over during the Operation Restore Legacy. This has been known and clearly they have more control, than they wanted to tell in the beginning. However, with the years now and security. The gloves are off and the big-guns are now secured.
That Kembo Mohandi is saying this now. Shows that they are not fearing anything. They are just initiating, that the army will control the state and not have a civilian government. This is why the governance and transparency will be lacking. Since, they are all following chain of command and not listen to civilians.
We now know that these folks intends to stay. The New Dispensation is a 2nd Republic of a junta. They are willing to use force and intimidate. They are willing to wreck havoc to human rights, political activism and opposition leaders.
When you put a government like this in power. You should expect impunity. An armed government who work with military means. Will not respect the citizens, but force themselves on people. It will use soldiers and police officers to intimidate the public. If you disagree, you will meet the authorities, because your supposed to obey the chain-in-command.
There is at least not any question anymore. The ZANU-PF is a junta, a military government and they not a civilian one. They are willing to overstay and not respect elections or the will of the people. Since, they have the weapons and the army behind them. Peace.
“In all circumstances security services will carry out their duties with appropriate astuteness. protection of the right to life is paramount, especially in light of the COVID19 and machinations by destructive terrorist opposition grouping” (..) “Those who promote hate and disharmony will never win. The bad apples that have attempted to divide our people and to weaken our systems will be flushed out. Good shall triumph over evil” (…) “security services will continue to carry out their duties with appropriate astuteness and resolve” (..) “We shall overcome attempts at destabilisation of our society by the few rogue Zimbabweans acting in league with foreign detractors” – President Emmerson Mnangagwa 4th August 2020
You know your in the wrong, when civil disobedience and protest become terrorism. Yes, it is an act of defiance and resistance against the government. However, peaceful protest isn’t hurting anyone. Walking with placards and planning marches in city centres aren’t necessarily hurting anyone. Alas, exemption of the pride of power-hungry men.
Sure, the ZANU-PF Politburo and President Mnangagwa has been torn by this. Their pride and honour has been hurt by the 31st July Movement. As they cleared the streets, intimidated the leaders and arrested the few who dared to show up. Arrested activists and the fellow opposition leaders. Continued to arbitrary arrest, abduct and raid homes of activists and opposition leaders across the Republic.
While now claiming the ones who there is a manhunt for is the problem. The ones that your sending soldiers to their homes and police officers. Political arrests and detaining, determining their fate, while calling them terrorists. That is what the ZANU-PF and the President is busy doing.
This is not reforming but tearing the republic apart because you got the guns and the arms to do so. When activists, journalists and opposition leaders are taken down like this the only remedy is mercy. However, there seems to be none from the top. As they are busy trying to make them worse.
Chinamasa called the MDC-Alliance terrorist last week and now his boss does the same. He calls on everyone who dares to stand up against him, terrorists. Like Mnangagwa is so unique and special, the holy of the holiest. The saint, the deity the whole Republic supposed to praise, his majesty and the second coming of Jesus. Because, who dares to annoy, insult and defy this man. Whose grace can only be matched by the creator and the one that lives eternally.
That is why the opposition is in trouble. They dared to insult and annoy the President. They went against his will. The almighty himself. The grandeur and the greatness, the big man of Harare and the resolved gunslinger, Mnangagwa. That is why all the destructive and deteriorating attitude comes forward.
You know your on the wrong side of history, when you call your own citizens terrorists for doing their constitutional right and taking away their civil liberties at the same time. Punishing people for being active citizens and caring about justice, freedom and liberty. Taking away their rights and justifying it, while making them outlaws for so.
You know, you have messed up and this gig cannot continue for to long. Because, you cannot arrest the whole Republic. You don’t have space in the prisons. You can take a few, plenty even, but not whole villages and townships. That’s not happening.
The President of Zimbabwe is a lost soul with no heart. Just a man of greed and power. This man doesn’t see it, but we do. He can attack the weak but enrich the strong. This man is not for the ages, but for the short-term profit on the devastation of the Republic. He will destroy piece by piece. Peace.
When you militarized the streets and avenues of the cities. When you barge into people’s homes. Abduct activists and make phony charges. When you arrest journalists, writers and the ones who expose the dirty secret and scandals of the regime.
Whether, the person is in Harare or in Bulawayo or anywhere else can be taken into custody or even abducted without a trace of location. Days later they will dropped somewhere central with bruises and hurt. While the government itself is making mockery video of fake-abductions, meanwhile the activists are either hiding or family members intimidated by the authorities.
This is the state of what is happening in Zimbabwe. The new dispensation to violate civil liberties, freedom and even basic justice. If you are connected to websites or publications enlightening the minds of the public. Then you can get arrested and get charged with inciting to violence.
If your an activist or a leader who is willing to voice dissent will meet the blunt force of the state. Either yourself or your nearest kin. The police and the authorities are apprehending people for political reasons. Also because the state are going after the ones who organized the 31st July demonstrations and activists in general.
When you clear the streets in the days ahead, keeps soldiers in the streets and goes for manhunt for the ones who is vocal in the republic. You know your on the losing side of history. Yes, for the moment your gaining momentum, but the oppression can only take the so far.
The state can arrest everyone who is somebody with a platform and a voice. They are all in danger. As the state uses all means, besieging homes, raiding offices or even arresting people on the streets. There is nothing that isn’t unacceptable.
If Mnangagwa thinks this is a winning a formula. His wrong and will in the end loose. He is showing power and bullets now. However, the government and the authorities are not respected by this. They are feared and intimidating the public. They are inciting fear and using force on its own. The ones its supposed to protect. These are the ones its supposed to serve, but instead hold them hostage.
That is why the state has cleared the streets. This is how Mnangagwa and his allies will be remembered. The way its actively clamping down on its own. Either the opposition or the anti-government activists. They are all fair game and able prey of the state. This game of showing no mercy and cold-blooded attack on civilians.
Shows what values the state has and what is important to them. The public are useful pawns, but not vital to them. They can be used to get loans, development grants and such. However, when their voicing dissent, they are useless piece of garbage who can be tossed away. Nevertheless, eating the funds to help them is nice.
So, when journalists or activists speaks out about the eating. Then they deserve to linger in the dungeon until oblivion. That is what the state does… and this is how Mnangagwa will be remembered. The New Dispensation was a fraud. Mnangagwa is terrified of the people and it shows. He has to use the army to quell them and cannot even use civilian ways. Neither can the state allow dissent to demonstrate against it. That shows how little civil space its in the republic under Mnangagwa.