Zimbabweans abroad engage in anti-government protests

  • As  heavy presence of security forces around the country forces many to stay at home.

AS authorities outlawed demonstrations in the country, Zimbabweans living abroad engaged in anti-government protests with Malawi-based Zimbabweans and their host sympathisers on Friday besieging the Zimbabwe Embassy in Lilongwe.

Zimbabweans living in the UK also besieged the Zimbabwean Embassy in London, demonstrating against corruption and human rights violations in Zimbabwe.

The opposition had called for an anti-government protests on Friday but many largely stayed at home after President Emmerson Mnangagwa warned that participation in the demonstration is regarded as insurrection.

Police had earlier insisted that anyone attending the protests will “only have themselves to blame.”

Dozens of people who took to the streets in small pockets around the country were detained on Friday as riot police and armed soldiers patrolled parts of the country telling people to avoid unnecessary movement or they will be arrested.

Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga and MDC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere were among those arrested in the country’s capital, Harare, during an anti-government protest, targeting the deteriorating socio-economic situation in the country.

And the Malawian chapter of the July 31 Zimbabwe demonstrations took to the streets in Malawi on Friday denouncing government corruption and demanded the resignation of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Tendai Chambati, chairperson of the Friends of Zimbabwe, said Zimbabweans had gone through a lot of suffering at the hands of Zanu PF, further expressing his and organisation’s desire for change to take place in the country.

Last month, Malawi swore in new President Lazarus Chakwera after a gruelling re-run following a disputed election to unseat former leader Peter Mutharika.

According to political analysts in that country Chakwera has, however, hugely disappointed after he got his tenure off by setting up a 31-member Cabinet team mostly constituted by his hangers-on.