US and EU Heads of Mission issue joint statement on human rights abuse

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MDC Alliance MP Joana Mamombe
MDC Alliance MP Joana Mamombe

The Heads of Mission of European Union and the United States of America issued a joint statement on human rights situation, encouraging the government to expedite investigations, TSTnews reports.

By Tenda Chinemago

The block consisting of 10 European countries and the United States of America expect that the government of Zimbabwe institute swift, thorough and credible investigation of abduction of MP Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova.

The Heads of Mission of European Union and the United States of America encouraged government to thoroughly investigate the assault of Ntombizodwa and Nokuthula Mpofu of Cowdry Park in Bulawayo.

The international community representatives expect the perpetrators of heinous acts and violators of human rights to be identified and prosecuted.

The statement issued, seen by TSTnews is encouraging the government of President Mnangagwa to respect fundamental rights and adherence of the country to international rights obligations.

TSTnews observed that the Heads of Mission are advising political actors to engage in constructive dialogue to solve challenges.

The diplomats advised the administration of President Mnangagwa that successful international re-engagement is hinged on sincere implementation of political and economic reforms. 

This joint statement amplifies the call made by local and international organisations encouraging government to investigate cases and desist from blaming victims.

TSTnews is reliably informed that the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission are on the ground investigating the cases.