MDC-T youths yesterday defied the deployment of hordes of anti-riot police with water cannon trucks in Harare and staged a demonstration demanding President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF-led government to deliver on its 2013 election promises.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police deployed two water cannon trucks, an anti-riot police truck and other police vehicles near Harvest House, the MDC-T headquarters in Harare.
Police officers armed with truncheons kept watch and monitored the protesting MDC-T youths.
The MDC-T youths said yesterday marked the launch of a series of countrywide protests to force the government to deliver on the Zanu PF promise to create 2,2 million jobs.
Interim MDC-T national youth chairperson Costa Machingauta told the opposition party supporters that a year after the July 31 general elections, government had failed to resolve the economic crisis in the country.
“The youths of Zimbabwe will not keep quiet anymore,” Machingauta said.
“They said they will give us 2 million jobs, so we are saying give us the promised jobs, we want a healthy living. ”
Party national youth spokesperson Clifford Hlatshwayo said the gathering was meant to make a statement that young people wanted employment.
“The only solution we must provide is action. If the South Africans did it what will fail us. They were young like us, oppressed just like us, and angry like us. The time is now no one will liberate us. Mugabe stole our hope and we are angry,” he said.
The staging of the demonstration by the MDC-T youths which attracted passers-by came at a time when Mugabe was holding a lavish party at State House to commemorate his party’s victory over MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai during the July 31 2013 elections.