Stop political cosmetology and improve human rights record – Zimbabwe Gvt told

June 21, 2019
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Zimbabwe's president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, speaks during Africa CEO Forum at the Sofitel Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, Ivory Coast March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Luc Gnago/File Photo

Harare-Zimbabwe’s main opposition political party the MDC has expressed concern over what they called political cosmetology by the Mnangagwa Government.

In a scathing attack to the Government MDC deputy national spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka said they were seriously concerned by alleged hiring of United States based company to lobby Washington for the removal of economic sanctions.

“The MDC is seriously concerned that the broke Mnangagwa regime has the temerity to hire an American firm for over US$1 million to spruce up its image even as the nation struggles to procure basics such as medicine and fuel.

“The regime has hired Avenue Strategies Global CC, a US firm to lobby Washington to drop sanctions against Zimbabwe. The scarce foreign currency is being splurged even as nurses and other key government services have threatened industrial action for poor working conditions and the absence of working tools” said Tamborinyoka

Tamborinyoka said the human rights record will improve the country’s image on the international stage.

“It is our belief that there is no reason to waste scarce foreign currency on political cosmetology when all the regime in Harare should do is to stop repression, the clampdown on civil society and democracy activists and the wanton killings of its citizens, among other issues. The improvement of the government’s human rights record will go a long way in improving the country’s image among the society of nations” he said

 He added “the immediate cessation of violence and repression does not cost a single cent to a nation already reeling heavily under huge external and internal debt,”

“While the government has wasted scarce foreign currency hiring Avenue Strategies, the proper avenue to take to improve the country’s image is to stop bad behaviour, particularly the callous clampdown on innocent citizens”

The Government is allegedly said to have hired Avenue Strategies Global CC, a US firm to lobby Washington to drop sanctions against Zimbabwe.

Efforts to get a comment from the Minister were in vain as her mobile phone was not reachable.