Respected Kenyan professor PLO Lumumba has added his voice to the ZimbabweanLivesMatter campaign started by disgruntled Zimbabweans accusing their government of violating human rights.
Speaking from his base in Kenya, Lumumba appealed to Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa to constitute a government of national unity. Part of his statement read, “When Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980, Africa rejoiced because we had a chance to write the obituary of the regime of Ian Smith. I remember Julius Nyerere of Tanzania telling Robert Mugabe that he has inherited a gem and he should keep it as such lest Ian Smith looks back and laugh at us. Now the world hears such things as ZimbabweanLivesMatter it pains us. This is my appeal and i believe the appeal of many Africans to the administration of Emmerson Mnangagwa that the time has come to make true the promises of independence. Over 4 million Zimbabweans are living in the diaspora because the environment is hostile. This is the time to constitute a government of national unity. This is the time to make Zimbabweans proud of their once happy nations. This is my appeal to you President Mnangagwa, ask yourself questions thy Africans are speaking to you via hashtags. The leadership of SADC move in and do what is right. The African Union should mediate the Zimbabwe situation. The AU and SADC should send people to fact find.”
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Lumumba also talked about the compensation of white farmers that was initiated by the government of Zimbabwe. “Is it not true that they compensated themselves from the profits they made. So you are telling those in Namibia and South Africa to do the same. President Mnangagwa, the Zimbabweans deserve batter. let us not be told that we are poking our noses because we are one as Africa. We hope and pray that Zanu PF will be on the right side of history. Don’t be remembered by historians as one who missed the opportunity,” he said.