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Human Rights Watch Mourns Dewa Mavhinga

Human Rights Watch Mourns Dewa Mavhinga

The Human Rights Watch has mourned the death of prominent human rights defender and the director of Human Rights Watch for southern Africa division, Dewa Mavhinga.

Mavhinga succumbed to COVID-19 on Saturday in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was based.

In a statement, the Human Rights Watch said Mavhinga was a beloved colleague to many activists across the human rights movement. They said:

Mavhinga was known not just for his passion, commitment, and leadership on human rights but above all for his great heart, his kindness, and solidarity with others.

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch described Mavhinga as a highly effective human rights activist who worked for the betterment of people’s lives. Said Roth:

Dewa was a deeply empathetic and highly effective human rights activist whose work made many people’s lives better, whether it was pushing the Zimbabwe government to respect the right to protest in the face of economic hardship or ensuring that victims of human rights abuses across Southern Africa have access to justice.

Mavhinga joined the Human Rights Watch as senior Zimbabwe researcher in 2012 and spent years documenting human rights violations in the country during the latter years of Robert Mugabe’s reign as well as under President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 5 months ago

THE TALK OF ZANU PF HAVING TWO FACTIONS, ONE LED BY PRESIDENT ED MNANGAGWA AND THE OTHER ONE LED BY VICE PRESIDENT CONSTANTINO GUVHEYA CHIWENGA, HAS BEEN DOING ROUNDS IN SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SOME TIME NOW.

THOSE WHO HAD TVs WATCHED VICE PRESIDENT CONSTANTINO GUVHEYA CHIWENGA LEADING THE PROCESS WHICH LED TO THE FALL OF THE FIRST ADMINISTRATION AND THE COMING IN OF THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. YES, I AM CALLING IT A PROCESS AND NOT A COUP DE TAT FOR MY OWN OBVIOUS REASONS.

THE FORMER PRESIDENT, THE LATE ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE, SACCUMBED TO PRESSURE OF BEING IMPEACHED AND HE RESIGNED BEFORE THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS HAD BEEN COMPLETED AT THE SHERATON HOTEL. I WATCHED SOME MPS SKY JUMPING AFTER BEING TRILLED BY THE FORMER PRESIDENT'S "RESIGNATION".

THE LEADERS OF THE "PROCESS" WHICH FORCED THE LATE ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE TO "RESIGN" HURRIEDLY FLEW IN EX VICE PRESIDENT ED MNANGAGWA FROM SOUTH AFRICA WHERE HE HAD HOLED HIMSELF IN AFTER EVADING SECURITY AT THE POROUS BORDERS. EX VICE PRESIDENT ED MNANGAGWA WAS INSTALLED AS THE PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE.

THIS WHOLE PROCESS IS NOW BEING CHALLENGED IN THE HIGH COURT. WE CAN NOT DISCUSS THE NITTY GRITTIES OF THIS CHALLENGE NOW BECAUSE IT IS PREJUDICIAL TO DO IT.

IT WAS CLEAR FROM OUR TVS AND RADIOS THAT THE ARMY HAD LED THE "PROCESS" WHICH REMOVED THE LATE MUGABE FROM POWER.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE ARMY COMMANDER THEN C.G. CHIWENGA FAVOURED EX VICE PRESIDENT ED MNANGAGWA TO BE INSTALLED PRESIDENT OF BOTH ZANU PF AND ZIMBABWE. AS SOON AS DOCTOR ED MNANGAGWA WAS INSTALLED PRESIDENT, HE APPOINTED C.G. CHIWENGA AS ONE OF HIS VICE PRESIDENTS.

THOSE CLAIMING THAT THESE TWO ARE NOW FACTION LEADERS ARE ACTUALLY SAYING THERE IS NOW SOUR GRAPES BETWEEN THE TWO. THAT CAN ONLY HAPPEN IF ONE BETWEEN THE TWO IS NO LONGER STEERING THE WHEEL ALONG THE PATH THEY HAD EARLIER ON CHARTED TOGETHER.

THE ABOVE ANALYSIS MAY BE TRUE BECAUSE THIS INTRA ZANU PF NOISE WHICH IS HAPPENING IN ZANU PF HAD NEVER OCCURRED IN ZANU PF SINCE 1980.

BY THE WAY, IN WHICH MONTH WAS PRESIDENT ED MNANGAGWA WAS FIRST INSTALLED AS PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE? SOME PEOPLE TELL ME THAT NOVEMBER IS A MONTH OF BAD OMEN !!!!!

WHILE ZANU PF IS BURNING WITH FACTIONALISM, THERE IS CALMNESS AND SOBRIETY IN MDC ALLIANCE. THEIR PRESIDENT, NELSON CHAMISA, HAS FOLDED HIS ARMS ACROSS HIS CHEST AND IS GLEEFULLY WATCHING THE EVENTS IN ZANU PF UPTO 2023.

PROPOPULO, PROPATRIA, PROLEGE.
[FOR THE PEOPLE, FOR THE COUNTRY, FOR THE LAW]

YOURS TRULY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[THE BUSH LAWYER]


Sçøfield 5 months ago

R.I.P Mwana wevhu zorora murugare ..Son of Soil,🙏🙏


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 5 months ago

GO WELL SON OF THE SOIL. OUR HEARTS AND SPIRITS SHALL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU MWANA WEVHU. GO WELL TRUE HERO AND DEFENDER OF HUMAN RIGHTS. WE ARE NOW EXPOSED TO HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS, WITHOUT YOU DEWA MAVHINGA, MWANA WEVHU.

GO WELL DEWA, GO. OUR HEARTS SHALL BE WITH YOU IN SPIRIT FOREVER.

YOU WERE A FEARLESS HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER, A FEARLESS HUMAN RIGHTS FIGHTER. GO WELL DEWA.

[FOR THE PEOPLE, FOR THE COUNTRY, FOR THE LAW]

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[THE BUSH LAWYER]


Nkust 5 months ago

Shame studio 7 yarasikigwa zvikuru nekuti yaingoti vamavhinga va comment pazvose chero zwekuvakwa kwema bridge



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