SAACoN Condemns the Heavy-Handed Response of Zimbabwean Authorities to Peaceful Anti- Corruption Protests

The Southern African Anti-corruption Network (SAACoN) has been monitoring events in Zimbabwe with increasing concern for the safety of civil society activists, journalists and opposition politicians since 20 July 2020.

On 20 July 2020 investigative journalist Hopewell Chi’nono and opposition politician Jacob Ngarivhume were arrested in the wake of the exposure of high level corruption in the Zimbabwean government’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Since that date the repressive actions of Zimbabwean security authorities have become increasingly widespread and violent and have included arbitrary arrests and detentions, kidnappings, beatings and torture.

The broadcast and widely disseminated statements of president Emmerson Mnangagwa on 3 August 2020 have not assuaged concerns about the disturbing happenings in the country, but have only served to heighten consternation and apprehensions about what is tragically busy unfolding in Zimbabwe.

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