The government of Zimbabwe through the ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services has issued a statement justifying the inhuman August 1 military killings that resulted in the death of six innocent civilians.
President Emerson Mnanagwa’s administration blamed western influence for infiltrating the August 1 first anniversary in pursuit for unconstitutional regime change.
The press release was retaliation to the United States of American government’s decision to place a former commander of Zimbabwe’s army Anselem Nhamo Sanyatwe and immediate family to its targeted sanctions list, for his involvement in gross human violations.
In the statement released earlier by the American spokesperson of the Secretary of State designating the former Army boss Sanyatwe citing Section 7031 (c) of Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriation Act wrote,
“The Secretary of State is publicly designating Anselem Nhamo Sanyatwe, former Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army’s Presidential Guard Brigade and current Ambassador Designate of Zimbabwe to Tanzania, due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights.
“Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.
“In addition to the designation of Anselem Nhamo Sanyatwe, the Department is also publicly designating his spouse, Chido Machona,” the report read.
The Zimbabwean government argued that the American government’s actions to sanction former military boss on the 1st anniversary of August one was a political statement attacking the nation’s sovereignty as Sanyatwe was currently a Zimbabwean diplomat.
In the statement government issued an ambiguous rhetoric statement saying, “President Mnanagwa marshalled the country through this tragic but fleeting phase, with long term benefit for peace that no one can deny.
The ZANU PF government further noted it viewed these fresh sanctions illegal and warned the American government that President Mnanagwa had adopted policy of rapprochement towards countries with whom Zimbabwe had enjoyed less friendly relations over the past two decades.
However, the adopted rapprochement policy should not to be misconstrued as a policy of appeasement.
Most Zimbabweans who were incensed by government’s decision to brush aside the tragic August 1 military killings took to social media to heckle the government questioning if citizen’s lives mattered.