Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa ‘appalled’ by attack on protester

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Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa 'appalled' by attack on protester

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Image caption Protests erupted over a steep increase in fuel prices

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said he is "appalled" by an attack by security officials on a protester that was featured in a TV news report.

His statement comes after widespread criticism of the way security forces have handled recent protests.

Mr Mnangagwa said he has ordered the arrest of those behind the attack seen in a Sky News report.

His condemnation has received a mixed reaction with some calling him "uninformed".

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The state-funded Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission has accused soldiers of using "systematic torture" in the crackdown on protests. It has strongly criticised the authorities for using troops to quell demonstrations.

There have also been reports of a number of deaths.

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Media captionVictims tell of being beaten and shot by Zimbabwe's security forces

The report by Sky News shows a handcuffed man being pulled away from a van by a soldier and at least one police officer. He is then seen being repeatedly beaten around the head by one of the officials.

President Mnangagwa said on Twitter that this was "not the Zimbabwean way".

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I was appalled by today's @SkyNews report. That is not the Zimbabwean way. I have instructed that the individuals behind this be arrested and encourage all those impacted to contact the authorities and file an official complaint

— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) January 28, 2019

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Reacting to the tweet, many have criticised the president.

Nigel MK Chanakira said: "We have many wounded whom we may show you. Are you honestly so uninformed about what is going on in our country?"

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Twitter post by @nigelchanakira: Respectfully, President @edmnangagwa we have many wounded whom we may show you. Are you honestly so uninformed about what is going on in our country? It’s difficult to believe that it is you who runs this account. I’m very willing to engage you on this matter with a few braves. Image Copyright @nigelchanakira @nigelchanakira Report

Another echoed theses sentiments saying "what's appalling is our president only stating now that he is appalled after all that's happened".

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What’s appalling is our president only stating now that he is appalled after all that’s happened

— toxiK (@ToxiK8n) January 28, 2019

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Unrest broke out a fortnight ago following a more than doubling in fuel prices, making it the most expensive fuel in the world according to GlobalPetrolPrices.com .

Last week a government spokesman defended the crackdown, telling the BBC: "When things get out of hand a bit of firmness is needed".

The continuing violence raises further questions about President Mnangagwa's control over the military, which helped bring him to power 14 months ago.

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