Is Zimbabwe Govt Using Lockdown to Mask Clampdown On Critics?

First, it was the alleged abduction and torture of three opposition activists by suspected state security agents, followed by the arrest of private media journalists Frank Chikowore and Samuel Takawira who were detained for four nights for allegedly violating lockdown regulations. Although abductions and disappearances of activists were most common in Zimbabwe during the rule of the late former president Robert Mugabe, it seems they have continued under Mugabe's successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.


It was back to normal in Harare, Zimbabwe, for most informal traders despite a lockdown called by the government last month to contain the spread of the coronavirus, May 15, 2020.

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