Zimbabwe’s ruling party, Zanu PF has said it welcomes the decision by President Cyril Ramaphosa to send special envoys to neighboring Zimbabwe after he was petitioned to intervene in what Zimbabweans call gross human rights violations in the country.
Zanu PF, however, denied there were human rights violations in the country.
In a statement released by Acting Secretary for Information and Publicity and Party Spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa, Zanu PF said:
ZANU PF welcomes the decision taken by President Cyril Ramaphosa to send envoys to Zimbabwe in the light of spurious allegations of human rights violations and starvation being peddled by agents of fake news on social media.
We believe that the delegation will engage with our President, Cde ED Mnangagwa and his government as well as their counterparts in ZANU PF in the spirit of friendship.
ZANU PF commends President Ramaphosa who is also African Union Chairperson for this wise and informed decision which we are pretty sure will set the record straight about the reality of the situation in Zimbabwe. Our people and our nation as well as our leadership have been subjected to unbridled and unjustified systematic attacks by fake news peddlers on social media in a desperate attempt to tarnish the image of our country and leadership. The attacks are aimed at justifying illegal sanctions imposed on this country by the US and its allies.
Zimbabwe and South Africa enjoy strong cordial relations, which date back to our struggles against colonialism and apartheid. ZANU PF is always eager to see those relate, strengthening and growing between us and our sister republic, with whom we share not only geographical proximity but historical ties.
The coming in of these special envoys resonates well with protocol and procedure in handling matters of mutual concern.
Finally, ZANU PF assures SADC and the entire African region that Zimbabweans are united and focused on fighting the spread of covid19 pandemic, under the able leadership of President ED Mnangagwa and his government.