Emmerson Mnangagwa is an extremely dangerous, vindictive man who has taken the role of purging political opponents and ideological differences to a new low. News that he intends to enlist the aid of the international policing organization, Interpol, to “hunt down,” and extradite back to Zimbabwe his political opponents and victims of a failed targeted assassination during the coup is disturbing.
Former Ministers to the Mugabe government, Professor Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere escaped their homes under a hail of bullets in a failed political assassination at the hands of Mnangagwa’s military henchmen during the coup.
The two would later flee the country into exile for fear of their lives where their whereabouts remain unknown including that of Paddy Zhanda and former Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi.
During a recent visit to South Africa, the nationally unpopular illegitimate Mnangagwa issued an unusual chilling threat that his illegitimate military dictatorship will “do everything possible” to “hunt down” and extradite former government officials even “if it means engaging Interpol”.
He also claimed that those former officials had “committed crimes within and outside Zimbabwe”, a reference to growing criticism and opposition to his usurpation of power and illegitimate government on social media and other alternative media outlets outside the country.
Within that threatening statement is a criminalization of ideological differences and dissent to his illegitimate government by any Zimbabwean. The veiled threat within the statement should be taken as it is: an intimidation tactic meant to cower and silence any critics and dissenters – current or prospective – within or outside the country.
The same statement should also send a chill down the spines of every Zimbabwean at home and in the Diaspora.
Particularly so, as they witness the resurfacing of a brutal monster they know and one who has a proven record of having no boundaries when it comes to pursuing and crushing dissent. The man has had four decades to perfect and employ his tactics without challenge, until now.
One doesn’t need to go any further than Matabeleland and Midlands provinces in the ‘80s to understand the nature and extent of the brutalities unleashed to crush dissent. The usurper Mnangagwa and his Vice Usurper General Chiwenga not only presided but played major roles in the now revived, infamous Gukurahundi atrocities and massacre of the ‘80s. Hence the recent move to police and criminalize language starting with the terms “gukurahundi” and “coup”.
Ever since he usurped power which ousted a legitimate government with the aid of the military under the command of his friend and ally General Constantino Chiwenga, they have engaged in a protracted systematic purge of political opponents and ideological dissent through arrests, intimidation, harassments and censorship.
The latest call to involve Interpol to further his political ambition without regard for the mandate of the organization highlights the danger of this man and his wilful ignorance to established norms and protocols for governmental and international institutions.
Furthermore, Mnangagwa has allowed his politics of hatred and retribution to be central in dictating his every decision and quite frankly, setting a dangerous precedent within the Zimbabwean and African political discourse.
It is within this purview that Interpol should deny the vengeful Mnangagwa and his illegitimate military dictatorship the request “to hunt” and extradite former government officials who are now exiled as political refugees. If anything, it is now incumbent on the international community with the assistance of Interpol to protect these political fugitives from Mnangagwa who is keen on contravening international norms as laid out in the Geneva Convention pertaining to the protection of asylum-seekers and refugees. The man continues to show total disregard for established norms and believes he is above any rule of law.
Zimbabweans are now looking to the international community not to let them down as they have been by the monumental failures of regional bodies, SADC and the African Union.
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