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Zimbabwe President Decries ‘Divisive Falsehoods’ Over Rights Abuse Claims

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Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops, Lawyers Criticize Alleged Government Abuses

Zimbabwe’s president Emmerson Mnangagwa has on Monday called criticism of human rights abuses by his government, “divisive falsehoods”. Mnangagwa says his administration was under renewed attack from domestic and foreign opponents.

Human rights groups and lawyers say activists are being arrested, abducted and tortured after they called for street demonstrations in late July. The government snuffed out the planned protests by deploying security forces on the streets. Arrests were also made.

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The main opposition movement for democratic change says about 30 of its members have fled their homes fearing abduction or arrest by state security agents.

Mnangagwa, during a Heroes Day speech in Harare, said the allegations were “unjustified attacks by whom he called perennial detractors, both inside and outside our border”.

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Mnangagwa, replaced Robert Mugabe after a 2017 coup with hopes that Mnangagwa would unite a polarized country and revive a stricken economy following the Mugabe era have been dashed. Like his predecessor, Mnangagwa accuses the west of funding the opposition to destabilize the country.

Critics also say Mnangagwa is using the cover of a COVID-19 lockdown to silence critics as anger grows over 737% inflation – which has brought back memories of hyperinflation under Mugabe a decade ago – a collapsing health sector and shortage of public transport.

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Mnangagwa, however, said his government had set a firm foundation “for a thriving constitutional democracy, and a just, open, accountable and prosperous society”.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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