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ED defends police, army brutality, shifts blame on western countries


President Emmerson Mnangagwa has defended the brutality actions on civilians by the military force and the police during the 3 day ShutdownZimbabwe which started on mid-January, saying it was necessary to defend people’s property.

Mnangagwa also accused the Western countries who spoke against the human violations of trying to remove him from power.

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Mnangagwa said they were accused of using disproportionate force but rather protesters were burning police stations and destroying infrastructure like toll-gates in highways.

“I am not sure how we were supposed to respond to that. Western countries, in particular have raised concerns. Of cause we regret the loss of life, but we needed to protect property as well as other citizens not involved in the protests. We have told the Western countries that they cannot turn around and raise concerns when they are the ones sponsoring the violence.”

Mnangagwa also defended the Vice President Constantino Chiwenga over the claims that the two were not in good books “The people who talk about these divisions, what example they give? I have known Chiwenga and his colleagues in the military since the struggle years .We are comrades and understand each other better than you.”

During the ShutdownZimbabwe, 12 people were reported to have been died, 68 shot while hundreds were brutally assaulted.

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