Mugabe coup announcer speaks on London attack

Mugabe coup announcer speaks on London attack
Published: 15 July 2019 (270 Views)
FOREIGN Affairs minister Sibusiso Busi Moyo said the protesters who attacked him in London were exercising their constitutional right but they failed to respect the rights of other people. This comes after Moyo, was last week attacked by angry opposition protesters in London - where he had gone to advance the government's stuttering re-engagement efforts.

Moyo told Peter Okwoche of BBC World Service in an interview that people have the right to demonstrate but they must avoid infringing other people's rights. "We had an excellent day at Chatham House, a very nice discourse which came with as question and answer session.

"Like in any other democracy, you find few people who will then be exercising their constitutional right. Every exercise of such right must be respectful of other people's rights so that they remain peaceful," Moyo said.

Although the minister escaped with little apparent physical harm, as he was shielded from his angry assailants by his security aides, he was rudely confronted and accused of "spreading falsehoods" to the British government, that Zimbabwe was turning the corner post the 2017 coup.

He was drenched with mineral water by the angry protesters, some of who were shouting "you are a thief" - before he sped off in a black Mercedes Benz vehicle.

The attack on Moyo and his delegation came as both rights groups and political analysts warned that President Emmerson Mnangagwa faced significant challenges in his bid to restore Zimbabwe's frosty relations with Western powers - particularly in the light of his government's continuing crackdown against opposition and human rights activists.

Mnangagwa - who replaced president Robert Mugabe, through a military coup in November 2017 - has lately escalated his efforts to mend the country's broken relations with America and Europe, whose support is badly needed to turn around Zimbabwe's deepening economic crisis which has seen inflation reaching nearly 100 percent.

- dailynews

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