If Good Men Do Nothing - Evil Will Prevail



● Human Rights    ● Rule of Law    ● Justice    ● Property rights for all

“During President Robert Mugabe’s 37 years in power, he presided over the brutal repression of political opponents, established a culture of impunity for himself and his cronies, and his government implemented a series of policies that have had disastrous consequences for his people.”

Amnesty International – 4 December 2017

Mugabe flanked by generals Getty 2017 (1

Former President Mugabe’s 37-year presidency was characterised by:

  • Human rights abuses:

    • State security agents and militia main perpetrators

    • Pre-and post election violence

    • Torture, harassment, intimidation and murder of opposition members

    • Military crack-downs and police brutality

    • Imprisonment of journalists and activists


  • Destruction of the rule of law:

    • Interference in criminal justice system

    • Immunity from prosecution for ZANU PF/armed forces

    • Illegal invasions of white-owned commercial farms

    • Police collusion/no assistance for farmers and farm workers


  • Denial of justice:

    • Victims of human rights abuses denied access to justice

    • Commercial farmers and farm workers denied access to justice

    • 70,000 farm workers assaulted by militia and forced to abandon their homes

    • Dispossessed/brutalised commercial farmers received no compensation

    • ZANU PF elite, judges and others stole farms with impunity

  • Destruction of property rights:

    • All agricultural land (commercial and resettlement) nationalised

    • Destruction of commercial agriculture led to chronic food shortages

    • And to the collapse of the agro-based economy

Mnangagwa photo with military DNK 22 Nov

Emmerson Mnangagwa was a key member of President Mugabe’s elite

Mr Mnangagwa was a key member of the ruling party elite throughout President Mugabe’s 37-year tenure. He has also masterminded and implemented Mr Mugabe’s ruthless strategies to remain in power, notably:


  • 1982-1987: The Gukurahundi massacres of the Ndebele people

  • 2000: The violent farm invasions

  • 2002: Fraudulent elections / violence and intimidation

  • 2005: Operation Murambatsvina:  The mid-winter bulldozing of urban homes to destroy the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party’s urban power base

  • May-June 2008: The brutal presidential run-off election violence

  • 2013: Fraudulent elections through mass-scale rigging



The reality is that the System has yet to change