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SA special envoys get red carpet welcome in Zimbabwe amid tensions

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The envoys are in Zimbabwe to gather information on that country’s rising political tension, which have seen a number of government opponents arrested or go into hiding


President Emmerson Mnangagwa is meeting with a group of envoys that were sent to Zimbabwe by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Currently, the envoys are in Zimbabwe to gather information on that country’s rising political tensions, which have seen a number of government opponents arrested or go into hiding.

Baleka Mbete, the former deputy president and speaker of the National Assembly, and Sydney Mufamadi, former Cabinet minister and Ngoako Ramatlhodi had their hands sanitised and their temperatures taken on the red carpet.

Later on, they were photographed sitting and talking with Mnangagwa inside the State House.

The world’s attention has been on Zimbabwe in the wake of last month’s foiled anti-corruption protests.

There have been several high-profile arrests in connection with those protests, and today the opposition MDC Alliance said at least 30 of its members had fled their homes out of fear.

In a speech earlier on Monday, Mnangagwa said the allegations of rights abuses made against his government were “divisive falsehoods.”

 

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