The government has dismissed all reports in the private media claiming President Mnangagwa threatened to track down those lawyers who represented rioters and doctors who treated people who were injured during the MDC-Alliance instigated violent demonstrations last month as false and misleading.
According to Monica Mutsvangwa, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, the fake reports were specially distorted to suit a political narrative. She stressed: “Media reports that the President threatened to track down lawyers who represented arrested rioters or doctors who treated the injured during the recent violent disturbances were not only misleading but were deliberately distorted to suit a well-known political narrative”.
Monica Mutsvangwa stated that President Mnangagwa strongly rebuked the actions of some non-governmental organizations that took part in inciting rioters to destroy property, loot shops, and block roads. She said incitement of this nature was illegal.
As stated by Ms. Mutsvangwa, “False reports have emerged indicating that the President said that he wanted to ‘crush his enemies’. That is far from the truth. President Mnangagwa clearly stated that the Government will emphatically deal with any attempts to destabilize the country in the future”.
The Government urged all media houses to report responsibly by sticking to the truth and seek clarity if they were uncertain.