ZWnews is reporting that Zimbabwe dictator-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa failed to condemn “the murderous acts”, as the website put it, by his soldiers who killed civilians in the capital Harare last week. He was speaking in his Defence Forces Day address.
The opposition-supporting website said Mnangagwa also did not apologise to the nation, but chose to heap praise on the country’s security forces. He mentioned the killings of civilians as if they were of no significance, the website reported.
He blamed the Movement for Democratic Change for the mayhem in the capital last week. Unrest broke out after protests against what many view as rigged election results – which put Mnangagwa only slightly ahead of the MDC candidate Nelson Chamisa in the presidential race.
Mnangagwa’s inauguration as president was postponed after the MDC brought an urgent interdict against the election results – citing that they had been rigged. Mnangagwa became dictator of Zimbabwe after the November coup which topped Robert Mugabe’s 37-year hold on power.
Mnangagwa said: “I am deeply concerned with the violence that rocked the streets of Harare at the instigation of some members of the MDC Alliance, which resulted in the regrettable loss of lives, injury to persons and damage to property.”
Chamisa was quoted as saying that Mnangagwa had demonstrated a lack of remorse and accused him of preaching hate speech.
“A real leader could have apologised to the nation and promised to deal with the unruly behaviour within his forces. At least this could have given people assurance that the soldiers who killed civilians did it out of orders.”
Chamisa said if he were Mnangagwa he would have said this: “I am deeply sorry about the behaviour of some of the members of our defence forces who killed civilians as if they were enemies in wartime. This unruly act has no place without our security forces and I would like to assure the nation that we will weed them out and see to it that they are brought to book.”