Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa is promising a new dawn for Zimbabwe's media landscape. To mark World Press Freedom Day Friday, Mutsvangwa told VOA's Blessing Zulu that the govt is "working hard on the reforms, we certainly mean what we are talking about," referring to AIPPA and other laws.
“What I can only say is that Zimbabwe is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to ensure that the illegal sanctions imposed upon the nation are removed. So we are doing everything that’s possible, everything that is legal to make sure that the livelihoods of Zimbabweans are improved ..."
“I think in summation, it really is a very apt manifestation of all that is wrong with Washington DC at this point. You have this lobby firm with obvious close links to the administration representing one of the more repressive countries, not only in Africa but the entire world ..."
Zimbabwean human rights lawyer, Brian Dube, claims that he was attacked inside the Gweru Magistrates Court on Monday by Tinomudaishe Chinyoka, said to be a Zanu PF activist. He claims that Chinyoka's actions were inspired by President Mnangagwa's threats that he will punish human rights activists.
Zanu PF Central Committee member, Believe Gaule, says a Zimbabwean human rights lawyer who was attacked by an alleged Zanu PF activist Tinomudaushe Chinyoka was a "lone wolf" act and not inspired by President Emmerson Mnangagwa's remarks that he will punish those people who helped protesters.