Zimbabweans hope Mnangagwa's return from Russia will calm the troubled country

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to arrive back in the troubled country on Monday after spending a week in Russia on a state visit.

Blessed Mhlanga, a journalist at News Day in Zimbabwe, says Mnangagwa is expected to touch down at 9 PM but Zimbabweans are concerned at statements made by his spokesperson George Charamba.

Charamba said that the crackdown was “just a foretaste of things to come”, which is contrary to what the president said. Allegations of shootings, beatings, and abductions of opposition figures, activists and ordinary people are mounting.

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On his official Twitter account, the president said he is coming to calm the situation down in Zimbabwe and ensure that everybody works together toward his vision. But his words are an exact contrary to his spokesperson who had said that the government will continue to clamp down on protestors.

Blessed Mhlanga, Journalist at News Day in Zimbabwe

At this moment the people of Zimbabwe, they don't know what exactly is going to happen so people are just waiting for the president to touch down and see what will happen.

Blessed Mhlanga, Journalist at News Day in Zimbabwe

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