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MDC attacks Moyo over AU report

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THE Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has attacked Information minister Jonathan Moyo for his criticism of the African Union (AU) report on the human rights situation in Zimbabwe.

“The MDC is saddened by the unwarranted attacks on the individuals who authored the damning report on human rights abuses under the banner of the African Human Rights Commission by the unelected junior Minister Jonathan Moyo in the state media last night,” MDC spokesman Paul Themba Nyathi said in a statement this week.

“It is very informing that the venom being spit by the regime’s run around boys is targeted against what procedures should have been followed in the tabling of the report but has no answer as to its factuality. It is clear therefore that the Commission’s findings about the violence and human rights abuses are truthful.”

Moyo’s criticism of individuals who were involved in compiling the report exposes government’s acknowledgement of the factuality of the reports, Nyathi said.

He said Moyo’s attacks were unwarranted as they did not deal with the substance of the report.

The MDC said the report provided further confirmation that there was very little support for the Zanu PF regime within the international community.

“Unless they restore the rule of law and respect for democracy and human rights the regime will become even more isolated,” Nyathi said.

“The African people and the people of Zimbabwe in particular were hoping that this report would be used by the regime for self-introspection and the process of bringing about national healing and an end to the suffering of the people.

“However, it is clear that the regime is not at all prepared to work for peace in Zimbabwe.”

Moyo claimed MDC “tried to smuggle the report” into the AU summit this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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