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Zimbabwe arrested critic Mnangagwa via Facebook message

The Zimbabwean police have arrested a critic of Emmerson Mnangagwa on charges of insulting the president in a Facebook position, lawyers on Thursday said they stressed the allegations of crackdown on government activists.

Munyaradzi Shoko, a well-known critic of Mnangagwa, was detained after posting statements on Facebook stating that the name of the president was "generally associated with evil and diabolical acts".

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights spokesman Kumbirai Mafunda said Shoko was arrested Wednesday.

"They held him at the central Harare police station, where they looked at him with criminal nuisance," Mafunda told AFP.

"They said that his statements would probably upset the normal comfort, peace and quiet of the public."

Police not immediately available for comment.

Mafunda said that Shoko, head of the pressure group Children of Zimbabwe War Veterans Association, was also accused of public violence because he allegedly participated in protests from opposition supporters after July 30 elections.

At least six people were killed after soldiers opened fire on the protests.

Mngangagwa won the presidential election, although the results are being challenged before the court.

The government and security forces have been accused since the vote of violent action against supporters of the MDC opposition.

Mnangagwa is the successor of former president Robert Mugabe who was expelled in November 2017 after a short military takeover.

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