MDC-T national chairperson Morgen Komichi said that he has “lots of ideas” that can be harnessed to improve Zimbabwe’s tarnished image.
In a recent interview with NewZimbabwe.com, Komichi said the Zanu PF government is as rogue under President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration as it was under the late former president, Robert Mugabe. Komichi said:
We are being labelled as a rogue state by things that can be resolved at home. This is where I strongly believe that the human rights issue can be resolved by Zimbabweans, and I personally feel that I have got a lot of ideas I would to put forward so that this can actually improve our human rights record image outside the country.
It’s not worth it. Some of the things that we see happening in Zimbabwe. (President Emmerson) Mnangagwa needs to improve on the human rights element, which is currently the country’s number one enemy.
This affected the image of the country, and it has affected him personally in terms of sanctions that are there.
The Midlands senator said Mnangagwa has carried on Mugabe’s legacy of lawfare as evidenced by the arbitrary arrests of opposition activists such as Joanna Mamombe and Makomborero Haruzivishe, among others. He said:
Basically, there is a small difference that has taken place from the First Dispensation to the Second Dispensation. There is a need to improve human rights.
The Second Dispensation has found itself caught on arbitrary arrests, the Joanna (Mamombe) team, look at the (Hopewell) Chin’ono team, the Allen Moyo team and Makomborero (Haruzivishe) team.
Komichi however commended Mnangagwa’s administration for ending political violence, intimidation and harassment in rural areas by Zanu PF supporters and state security agents against perceived opposition members.