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1/11 Perhaps by some divine coincidence I need not explain, earlier I had a deeply worrying chat with @MDCAllianceZW Vice President #SenatorMorganKomichi who's in Harare over a cell phone line. I cannot live with my conscience without sharing what #SenatorKomichi told me!
2/11 #SenatorKomichi said the second total Internet shutdown was effected around 10pm yesterday. The military & #ZanuPF militia used that Internet shutdown along with nightfall to unleash untold horror upon residents of high density suburbs in all cities across #Zimbabwe!
3/11 #SenatorKomichi said while #Bulawayo & #Harare are the most affected, all cities & towns in the country are suffering the same assaults. He said he & his colleagues have been overwhelmed by desperate #SoS messages of killings, torture, rape, injuries & abductions!
4/11 #SenatorKomichi said the besieged high density areas have run out of food; there's no access to treatment or transport for the injured; there's widespread internal displacement of persons & the Internet shutdown has made affordable communication next to impossible!
5/11 As reported to #SenatorKomichi & his colleagues, a notably insidious stain of the Army's siege of Zimbabwe's high density areas is that the marauding military units are carrying out their dastardly acts with armed #ZanuPF milita gangs, some of them in army uniforms!
6/11 The systematic involvement of #ZanuPF militia gangs in the military onslaught on residents in high density areas under the cover the Internet shutdown, especially at night, has raised grave concerns given the fact that only non #ZanuPF residents are being targeted!
7/11 Under the false guise of containing demonstrations against Mnangagwa's cruel hike of fuel prices, the Army & #ZanuPF milita gangs are now carrying out a CLEANSING OPERATION in high density areas, reminiscent of #gukurahundi, targeting perceived regime opponents!
8/11 The Army & #ZanuPF siege of Zimbabwe's high density areas under the cover of the Internet shutdown raises key legitimacy questions:
1. Who deployed the Army to besiege high density areas & under what law?
2. Who authorized the Internet shutdown, under what law?
9/11 As I listened to #SenatorKomichi's cracking & emotionally drained voice over the phone, it became clear to me that Zimbabwe no longer has a constitutional government that's bound by the rule of law & which understands that its first duty is to protect the citizens!
10/11 I asked #SenatorKomichi what he & his colleagues are doing about the #SoS messages they are getting from the besieged residents of high density areas across the country. He said they're helpless because they're grounded & besieged themselves. They need urgent help!
11/11 While #Sadc & the #AU see the situation in #Zimbabwe as #demos caused by Mnangagwa's hike of #fuelprices, the reality is that the price hike & demos are symptomatic of a constitutional crisis that has become humanitarian. Engaging now than later will save lives!
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