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Former Minister survived assasination from Zimbabwe army

by Mandla Ndlovu
05 Mar 2020 at 14:46hrs | Views
Former Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Dr Godfrey Gandawa survived a state-sponsored assassination attempt in 2018 after he fell out with the President Emmerson Mnangagwa led government.

In a series of tweet on Thursday Gandawa said, "The government should not pretend to be baffled by the extension of targeted sanctions by the US. All Zimbabweans want an end to our isolation and pariah status, but they are not confused as to why the restrictive measures were imposed.

"Government cannot persecute critics, opposition politicians, murder civilians, abduct and torture, rape and conduct extrajudicial killings and expect to remain a member of the community of nations. The solution is simple enough: implement reforms and hold perpetrators to account."

Gandawa said the police and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission ignored his report.

"I escaped abduction and assassination in July 2018 after a tip-off. ZRP did not investigate report RRB3578235 and the captured ZHRC ignored a report I filed. My case is not isolated. August 1, 2018, Jan 2019 and the Mothlante Commission all speak to state-sponsored violence.

"Zimbabweans want sanctions to go together with state-sponsored violence, killings, abuse of courts, looting, violation of property rights etc. Put simply, Zimbabweans want to return to constitutionalism. Is there not a cause?"

Donald Trump renewed sanctions against Zimbabwe on Thursday.

Source - Byo24News