Is Zimbabwe cracking down on dissent?

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Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa is accused of attempting to destroy opposition and silence dissent utilizing COVID-19 as an excuse.

The accusations aren’t new. 

Political arrests and crackdowns on demonstrations have develop into frequent. But the latest arrest of investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono has introduced again Zimbabwe into the worldwide highlight.

Chin’ono is accused of inciting public violence. He denies the allegations and says journalism is being criminalised.

He has written articles alleging corruption in multimillion-dollar offers to fight coronavirus which were awarded to highly effective people near the federal government.

What does it inform us about Zimbabwe after longtime chief Robert Mugabe?

Presenter: Laura Kyle

Guests:

Bright Matonga – ruling ZANU-PF member and former deputy info minister

Obert Gutu – former opposition MDC nationwide spokesperson and deputy minister of justice

Piers Pigou – senior advisor for Southern Africa for the International Crisis Group

Source: Al Jazeera