President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has moved to dismiss wide claims of rampant human rights abuses in the country describing the reports as the “works of detractors bent on tarnishing the country’s image”.

Mnangagwa, who ascended to power on the back of a popular military assisted coupled 2017, has come under fire for visiting brutalities on opponents and government critics.

His rule has seen protesters gunned down in broad daylight by the military while state security agents have of late resorted to abductions and torture on government critics.

Security forces last Friday pulled rank and brutally stopped anti-government protests that were planned for July 31.

Days ahead of the protest, whistle blowing journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and opposition leader Jacob Ngarivhume were arrested and charged with inciting violence against the state.

Several known government critics and activists, among them journalists, were forced to go underground with state agents hot on their trail.

The events in Harare, coupled with prior acts of brutalities by the State, have invited wide condemnation from within and outside the country with top world celebrities joining the call to have the Zanu PF administration censured for its excesses.

However, in a statement, Information Secretary, Nick Mangwana said the “false allegations of human rights and crisis in the country” are being peddled by known political activists, misinformed individuals and global actors.

“To set the record straight, there is no crisis implosion in Zimbabwe. Neither has there been any abduction or war on citizens,” he said.

Mangwana said enforcement of the current Covid-19 lockdown regulations was intended to safeguard and protect the lives of all citizens and were distant from any alleged attempt by the under-fire government to take advantage and abuse the fundamental rights of citizens.