Jonathan Moyo blasts Mnangagwa’s national dialogue calls: You’re wrong

Exiled former G40 Kingpin Professor Jonathan Moyo has come out guns blazing against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call for dialogue saying he lacks credibility and constitutional legitimacy to invite anyone to any dialogue.

Jonathan Moyo blasted Mnangagwa calling him an arrogant person who is not genuine in his call for peace and dialogue.

Find the full statement below:

The fact that you start by arrogantly declaring that your midnight hike of fuel prices on 12 January was the right thing to do demonstrates your contempt for the people and misunderstanding of your constitutional duty to protect citizens on whom executive authority is derived.

The measures you announced on 12 January, was the right thing to do. The measures were and are irresponsible and had the instant impact of impoverishing the citizens and destroying their livelihoods. By dint of those measures, you abdicated your duty under s90 of the Constitution.

You’re wrong. The citizens were outraged by your wrong measures. They put your administration on notice that they would exercise their s59 constitutional right to protest on 14 January. You had a legal duty to enable the citizens to exercise their right but you badly failed.

Aware the citizens would protest on 14 January, instead of enabling them to protest peacefully, you unconstitutionally unleashed lethally armed soldiers, police, CIO agents and Zanu PF militia to provoke and terrorize citizens in the streets, public places and even in their homes.

It has become your modus operandi to use lethally armed soldiers for law enforcement. This is against domestic and international law. The Motlanthe Commission advised you on this but sadly its advice fell on your deaf ears. The army is an arm of war, not of law enforcement.

The wanton killings, brutal torture, rape and gruesome maiming of citizens with no access to treatment along with the internal displacement of persons and the siege of their homes, under the cover of an illegal Internet shutdown by your administration, were planned and systematic.

The savage violence against the people from 14 to 21 January, which include 6 days when citizens were not on the streets, was by the Army, Police, CIO agents and ZanuPF gangs who targeted your perceived political opponents. It was political cleansing, a crime against humanity.

No. No. Are you sincere by calling for National Dialogue? If you are, why is the call coming from your Twitter ghost writers? Why did you not say so at the airport on your arrival this morning? Why did you not say it to ZBCNewsonline and HeraldZimbabwe travelling with you?

While your ghost Twitter writers call for national dialogue, your official spokesman, George Charamba, has officially announced on your behalf that the savage violence against the citizens by your security forces was justified and is a “foretaste of things to come”. Dialogue?

The call for national dialogue on a fake Twitter account run by ghost writers is fake. What’s worse is that, as the cause of the crisis, you’ve lost the neutrality, credibility and constitutional legitimacy to invite anyone to any dialogue. Only neutral brokers can do that.


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