(Last Updated on March 4, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
HARARE – Independent Norton member of parliament Temba Mliswa says the re-engagement efforts by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration are a waste of time if they are not accompanied by meaningful reforms.
Mliswa made the comments in the wake of the renewed targeted sanctions on certain Zimbabweans by the United States President Joe Biden.
Commenting on his Twitter handle, Mliswa said the continued human rights violations, corruption and disregard of rule of law make wrong headlines for the country.
“I reiterate, re-engagement is a waste of time. We’re our own worst enemies with the continued human rights violations, ignoring rule of law, corruption etc that make the wrong headlines. With violence&murder at gold mines said to be led by Mudha &July Moyo, what can you expect?
“Selective application of the law, unwarranted arrests & persecution at the expense of State apparatus and resources, the lack of reform alignment and freedom of Association just doesn’t help our cause at all,” Mliswa said.
The outspoken legislator said he was willing to name more people involved in corruption, adding that more people ought to be on the list of targeted sanctions because of their conduct.
“Ordinary people mustn’t suffer, sanctions should be identified to affect certain individuals. I’m ready to supply the names of more individuals who’re corrupt & disregard the rule of law. I’ve mention Mudha & July Moyo, people like Matanga who’ve violated @praz_zw with impunity.
“Mudha is already on sanctions but there are many more who should be added. @JoeBiden,” he added.
Mliswa said the current government had squandered so much goodwill post the November 2017 military-led transition.
Mnangagwa’s re-engagement efforts have recently hit a brick wall as the United Kindom and the European Union have also renewed their existing restrictions on targeted government officials.