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President Mnangagwa slams human rights defenders: ‘They only see negatives’

“Before criticising others, look at yourself, introspect," said the President.

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has slammed the country’s multitude of human rights defenders for painting the country’s image black ojn the international stage for a few pieces of silver, and accused the opposition of criticising him without proffering solutions to the problems facing the country.

The President urged the so-called human rights defenders to introspect and to also focus on the good stories emerging from Zimbabwe.

“We have people in this country who just shout from morning to dusk talking of human rights. They do not have time to see the good in their country. They look for the negatives. We have organisations that do not preach peace, but violence,” he said in a brief address during a tour of Mbungo Estate in Masvingo.

The Mbungo Estate is owned by the Zion Christian Church leader Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi, one of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s closest allies.

“Before criticising others, look at yourself, introspect,” said the President.

Meanwhile, Bishop Mutendi yesterday warned that the high levels of hunger in the country could trigger mass uprisings, hence the need for government to urgently address the issue.

Mutendi said it was too risky for the nation to depend on donor food handouts, adding “a hungry man is ungovernable”.

“A hungry man is ungovernable. How can the nation depend on donations when we have our land?” he asked.

Mutendi some of the food shortages in the country were engineered by Zanu PF rivals to incite anti-government protests.“It is a ploy by enemies to make people hungry and angry,” Mutendi said.

“This is no time to wait to be given a job by someone. You say there are no jobs when you have land. Why wait when you have land? Even on your small yard, plant something,” he added.

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