Zimbabwe’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to deal ruthlessly with his opponents who he branded as “a few rogue Zimbabweans”.
Tensions have been rising in the Southern African country as anger grow against the massive corruption and economic mismanagement going on under Mnangagwa’s leadership.
Mnangagwa has accused his opponents of working with “foreign detractors” to overturn the country.
“Those who promote hate and disharmony will never win. The bad apples that have attempted to divide our people and to weaken our systems will be flushed out. Good shall triumph over evil,” President Mnangagwa said in a televised address on Tuesday.
“We will defeat the attack and stop the bleeding of our economy. We will overcome attempts at the destabilisation of our society,” he added.
The Zimbabwean government has used the military to break up anti-government protests in the country, arresting prominent voices backing the protests and beating up civilians.
Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono was arrested since last month and still in detention. He uncovered corruption in the procurement of medical supplies to salvage the Coronavirus pandemic.
Chin’ono’s arrest has been condemned by the U.S government and the United Nations. He was charged for inciting violence.
President Mnangagwa took over the country after late former President Robert Mugabe was ousted. His government has since faced economic crisis with inflation rising by 700%.