At least 12 people were killed and hundreds wounded as a result of a joint police and military crackdown on protesters.
Police arrested more than 1,100 people, including opposition lawmakers, trade unionists and even children as part of the crackdown, which has been criticized by the United States, the European Union and Great Britain. Brittany and the rights groups.
“We regret the loss of life, but we had to protect property and other citizens who did not participate in the protests,” Mnangagwa was quoted by Newsday Independent as saying.
“We told the Western countries that they can not come to voice concerns about being the ones who supported the violence,” he added.
The authorities accuse the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), and non-governmental organizations, of being at the origin of this violence.
Since his rise to power in 2017, Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised to revive the country, so far in vain.