Anti-riot police deployed on all roads leading to MDC-T HQ

POLICE yesterday deployed anti-riot personnel on all roads leading to the MDC-T headquarters, Harvest House, in Harare in anticipation of civil unrest after opposition party leader Morgan Tsvangirai last week threatened to mobilise mass demonstrations against government.

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Tsvangirai last Saturday rallied party supporters attending the MDC-T’s 15th anniversary celebrations in Masvingo to brace for a chain of demonstrations against President Robert Mugabe’s “failed governance”.

He said: “As we speak now, people are suffering and we are going back to the old days. The problem is that we are docile. I crave to see workers coming to an all people’s demo, demanding a living wage, employers coming to the streets protesting against company closures, churches, students and young people demanding jobs.”

“As MDC, we are ready to support the people to take to the streets to express themselves. It is a given right in the Constitution to demonstrate, so we have every reason to do that and if we are going to be arrested, we are prepared to fill all the jails in the country.”

Anti-riot police arrived at Harvest House early yesterday morning and ordered street vendors operating near the MDC-T headquarters to disperse.

By midday, police continued milling around the area, closely monitoring the situation.

Although national police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba could not be reached for comment as she was reportedly in a meeting, Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo described Tsvangirai’s threats as ill-advised.

“He doesn’t have relevance now and he is trying so much to be relevant. Who in his right mind can go in the streets? People are too busy for that. We have enough security to deal with him,” Gumbo said.

In the last few weeks, police have descended heavily on two MDC-T-organised demonstrations and arrested several party activists.

The demonstrations, according to the MDC-T, are meant to pressure the Zanu PF government to honour its 2013 election campaign pledge to address the country’s unemployment crisis.

Tsvangirai shot to prominence in the 1990s during his days as secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions when he led a series of crippling ant-government demonstrations, leading to the formation of the MDC in 1999.

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12 Comments

  1. I think he s still relavant boss. If he wasnt, thwy depoly riot police. Yes a peson in his right mind wld not go to the street coz the police will probably beat them up, and put them in remand. So im personally afraid of the police who he rightly says there are enough of them rather to deal with pple that demand jobs, education and helath care….not tsvangirai…deliver the jobs, make policies that bring in FDI…maybe the opposition also needs to organise the 2000000 men and women march, this time, not for sanctions but for seriousness in the GoZ…

    1. …….im personally afraid of the police…… yu should also have been afraid to write that crap. this is not time for the fear filled fools like yu to open their mouths and poison others. this is not time for the timid. better zip your mouth and let those who are ready to take the bull by its horns speak and act. we want real action on the street because we know this where the battle is going to be won. iwe enda unohwanda mugudzururu nekutya kwako iko iko.

  2. In Zimbabwe we are waiting patiently for the economic situation to improve, and working as hard as we can. For those of us who find jobs in other countries, we go there, but always miss home.

    I doubt we will have a mass, nation wide demonstration. I hope we don’t, anyway, it would just make things worse.

  3. we are waiting patiently for the economic situation to improve, and working as hard as we can. For those of us who find jobs in other countries, we go there, but always miss home.

    I doubt we will have a mass, nation wide demonstration. I hope we don’t, anyway, it would just make things worse.

  4. rugare u r moving grave idiot

  5. tsvangirai is not relevant and has never been and will never be, i witnessed the so called demos at the corner of nyere and mandela there were about 19 dirty and stupid people who were participating and i felt pity for them, the police should not waist resources because an over two million people voted for mugabe and as such their will be no civil disobedience

  6. @mbwende yemunhu.the writer(hey) is being brutal honest about prospects in the demos. Unodashurwa whilst the organisers are hiding. Tsv should lead the demos and see what happens

  7. wat ever bt the issue z zim and zanu ar burning ….mucha mama ne nhamo vana mbwaaaa …

  8. Pamuchashaya kana domasi chairo reku spinner kuti uawane dollar muchamupinda mu street mega pasina Tsvangirai wacho. MaZimba kupusa nekudzungaira nehudofo ndozvakatiputira.

  9. This is an advise. You see politicians inciting to rebel against th government but thy don’t partake in such an activity. When u are arrested yo family will suffers. Tsvangs will never come to yo rescue and if u ar employed u lose yo job. So regai iye anoti go on strike aende oga. Shandira mhuri yako pane kushandiswa kti iye azoguta iwe uchitambura. Akupa zani ndewako.

  10. Zanobenyu tesetakuziva chokwadi zbc izanu pf,matare edzimhosva izanu pf,nyika ndeyezanu pf.takavhota kangani MDC ichingohwina tikarohwa kungetichafa vamwevedu vakafa zvikanzi neMDC nyoranai mazita tikupeyi compensation asihatina kuiona?takanyeperwa?tinoda kuratidzira chaizvo asitinopera kufa nezanu siyai mudhara uyu atangeafa ega nguvayapedyo

  11. This is why we r going nowher. Tikangomirira kuitirwa nevamwe hapana chinofamba

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