The president of Zimbabwe Emerson Mnangagwa has reiterated that eveeyone has the right to protest in Zimbabwe but such right should be practised peacefully.
Upon his return from the Russian trip, Mnangagwa took to his microblogging site Twitter and expressed his sentiments in view of the violent protests that occurred in Zimbabwe between the 14th and 16th of January 2019.
“Everyone has the right to protest, but this was not a peaceful protest. Wanton violence and cynical destruction; looting police stations, stealing guns and uniforms; incitement and threats of violence. This is not the Zimbabwean way” posted Mnangagwa on his official Twitter handle.
The President Mnangagwa message is consistent with the Constitution of Zimbabwe. MIHR urges the presidency to remind the message to the security services as well as they have been stifling this right.
During the last week protests there was rampant looting and vandalism of property in Bulawayo and Harare.