Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to “flush out” his opponents
as anger with his government grows over alleged corruption and economic mismanagement. Emmerson has
labeled the main opposition party “terrorist” and vowed to continue a crackdown on his opponents.
Several opposition members and government critics have been arrested in recent days and rights groups allege
security forces have carried out illegal abductions.
Attempts by “a few rogue Zimbabweans” to destabilize the country in “league with foreign detractors”
would be overcome, Emmerson Mnangagwa added.
More than 20 people have been arrested since last week when an anti-government protest was blocked, lawyers say.
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights says it has represented more than 20 people detained since last week,
when the military and the police thwarted an anti-government protest that had been scheduled for Friday.
In an address on state television Tuesday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa described critics as “a few bad apples”
that should be “overcome” and indicated that arrests would continue.
“We will overcome attempts at the destabilization of our society by a few rogue Zimbabweans acting in
league with foreign detractors,” he said, warning that “bad apples who have attempted to divide our people and
to weaken our systems will be flushed out … Enough is enough.”