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Vol 60 No 11

Published 31st May 2019


Readying for protest

Mnangagwa tightens the noose on civil activists to distract attention from the faltering economy

The arrest of five civic activists on 20 May typifies the crackdown President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is implementing. Aware of the penury into which most citizens are forced, and the fact it won't end soon, the government is sending signals to all activists that opposition will not be tolerated. The five were picked up at the airport returning to Harare from a conference in the Maldives and have been charged with plotting to subvert the government.

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