By Nkosana Dlamini
A group of Zimbabweans based in the United Kingdom have launched a petition to try and block President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s planned visit to Europe end of this month.
The under-fire leader is set to lead a giant delegation to the Conference of Parties (COP 26) meeting in the UK, where he will present his government’s mitigation measures and adaption actions against Climate Change.
But a group of Zimbabweans have found everything wrong with an under-sanctions state leader setting foot in Europe for the first time in nearly two decades.
Read the petition, “We have formally sought permission to deliver a written petition to 10 Downing Street, On the 21st October at 14:00; This petition will cover;
“Regarding the wholly inappropriate invitation extended by the British Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe [Presumably with an OK from the FCO, and possibly the UN – regarding COP26], to invite E D Mnangagwa, [illegally elected] President of Zimbabwe and an entourage of 70 – including 50 ‘Security Personnel’ to the COP26 Climate Conference being held in Glasgow 31st October to 12th November 2021.
“On E D Mnangagwa’s Human Rights record, his political repression record and his non-existent Environmental record we wish to protest in writing this visitation of a despotic tyrant, guilty of Genocide, Murder, Rape and Torture, let alone the institutionalised corruption and looting of all resources to his name.
“We also object to E D Mnangagwa and Zanu PF [Zimbabwe and UK] appalling record for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as promoted by the United Nations [UNSDGs]. Such as, Failed Drinking Water Supplies, Failed Sewage Systems, Failed Electricity supply, Failed Road, Rail and Transport infrastructure and ongoing maintenance, Biased Judiciary, Failed voting system and administration, etc etc.”
Signatories and hand-over team: John C Burke, Tryness Ncube, Olive Ruzvidzo and Kingstone Jambawo – ZHRO; Edgar Makuni, Model Pamire and Shamiso Moyo – MDCA; Malvern Dengu, Nicolate Gwati and Panyika Anselm Karimanzira – ROHR Zimbabwe; Leo Ndlovu and Zakhele Maphosa – ZAPU and other free-thinking Zimbabweans and Non-Zimbabweans.
Mnangagwa is under-fire for alleged poll fraud, presiding over a corrupt government and rights abuses, among other accusations.