Bishop Magaya Warns Government Over Abductions & Torture

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Outspoken Zimbabwe Divine Destiny (ZDD) Executive Director Bishop Ancelimo Magaya has blasted President Emmerson Mnangagwa‘s administration for the alleged abduction and torture of dissenting voices, saying no amount of intimidation will calm frustrated Zimbabweans, the Dailynews reports.

The abductions and torture against opposition supporters and pro-democracy groups which have brought government’s commitment to respecting and upholding human rights under sharp focus come after police banned recent MDC protests scheduled to register displeasure against the deteriorating economic situation in the country.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, Bishop Magaya urged President Mnangagwa to stop the brutality and admit that he has failed the country as a leader.

“The swelling unrest, a direct result of the dire economic hardships is sure set to increase by the day and no amount of blame-shifting; accusing the west of meddling will calm the populace.

“There is no doubt that Mnangagwa’s government has failed and continues to fail in steering the national ship out of the political socio-economic quagmire,” Magaya said.

He added that the spate of banning peaceful demonstrations, arbitrary arrests, abductions and torture is bad for the country as it has put Mnangagwa under the spotlight.

He reminded the government that the international community is watching as China also recently told Defence minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri to deal with corruption decisively and enact people-centred economic policies.

This comes as the United Nations (UN) has also slammed the 76-year-old president’s administration and indicated it will now be looking into the human rights violations taking place in the country.

The UN will be sending its special rapporteur on human rights to assess the situation in the country amid the growing fears of abductions and torture.

Meanwhile, Bishop Magaya has also warned Mnangagwa that if he does not stop violating human rights, he will never be safe in Zimbabwe and will be ousted like his nonagenarian forerunner.

He urged President Mnangagwa to repent and abandon the illegal arrests as he is going to “reap what he is sowing” when God’s wrath catches up with him.

“We warned Mugabe in 2016 that by ruthlessly brutalising the citizens using his evil machinery, he was setting up a web that would soon trap him.

“What happened in November 2017 is testimony to what we warned. Today, we wish to warn that unless you genuinely repent, abandon illegal arrests and restore civil liberties, you are not safe and will not be safe. No one kills innocents and escapes God’s wrath,” Magaya said.

The clergyman said the abductions and human rights violations prove that even during Mugabe’s rule, President Mnangagwa has been behind the brutality that has since worsened now that he is in power.

“The nation has since moved on from … Mugabe and Mnangagwa’s lieutenant Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is reportedly ill, therefore incapacitated and yet brutality and repression of yesteryears have even been increased. This means that Mnangagwa has been and continues to be the mastermind of these dastardly evil acts,” Bishop Magaya added.

The ZDD leader, however, added that although he may also fear for his life after criticising the Zanu-PF government, he will not stop until the required change comes.

“I am human; I am also made of flesh and blood so the natural tendency to be afraid could be there.

“But you see, courage is not about being totally afraid it is about fully knowing that I am speaking from the standpoint of the word of God,” he said.

Other Church leaders have also decried the ongoing abductions and torture of opposition party leaders and Civic societies. Read more here.

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