Updates: Demos rock Harare, again

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Another protest is happening in Harare right now!
We give you live updates of today’s protest where hundreds are marching in Harare CBD over two issues:

    • Zanu PF government’s failure to provide the 2,2 million job it promised in its 2013 election campaign and,
    • Government’s intention to introduce bond notes

Newsflash:

We have received reports that police have attacked a journalist and threatened to destroy camera equipment of a news crew in what is seen as an attempt to foil the publication of the police brutality on peaceful demonstrators.

13:00

Reports indicate that around 1 pm, police, armed with teargas, water cannons, baton sticks and guns, descended on the peaceful protesters, throwing teargas and causing chaos in the city centre in a bid to stop marchers from advancing to Parliament building.

12:15

The hundreds of demonstrators have thronged the ministry of legal affairs offices to submit a petition against bond notes. Next, they move to parliament building to submit a petition on unemployment.

11:30

What the people are saying about the demos

11:00

Listen to the Audio. A protester speaks why she is in the street

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Today’s protests come at a time when civil frustration is rising over government’s mismanagement of the economy, corruption, among many other failures of the Zanu PF admnistration.

10:30 Carrying the  Zimbabwe Flag, which has become a symbol of peaceful civic action, the majority of the demonstrators are singing Ishe Komborera Africa, a song that is associated with revolution and emancipation from oppression.

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Meanwhile, anti-riot police officers have been deployed at various corners of the city centre ostensibly to intimidate the protesters and crush the civic action after President Robert Mugabe’s  recent public pronouncements that police were supposed to descend on any protesters.

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But in a feat of defiance, which has become the  new form of civic action, the protesters are cheerfully singing as they gather around.

Previous demonstrations:

About the promised 2,2 million jobs

Three years after Zanu PF madea promise to provide 2,2 million jobs, over 30 000 workers were fired from employment after a Supreme Court on July 17 last year made a landmark ruling allowing employers to fire workers on three months’ notice.

Thousands of people including university graduates have turned to vending as the economy and employment sector continue to shrink.

The Zanu PF 2013 election manifesto promised to provide every Zimbabwean with a high quality life in terms of “access to decent work or employment, reliable transport, quality education, good health, decent housing or shelter, water and sanitation”, as well as to build 1,25 million houses to clear the national housing backlog.

REPORTING BY OBEY MANAYITI from the scene.

EDITING & MULTIMEDIA BY TAPIWA ZIVIRA/ TINOTENDA SAMUKANGE

37 COMMENTS

  1. Hokoyo nengozi yedhongi, chigumbadititi chitongo chinemowa, chirambakusasikwa hura hwenungu, gondo kupotsa hukwana hudyorera marara! Waparara iwe Gabriel Matibili! Kwakwakwaaaaaa….

    • Looks like a very small but vocal demo by people with nothing better to do. Bond Notes will happen. How many times will these hired groups demonstrate ?

      • We were hired by hunger..
        We were hired by the will to resist Matibili Groups’ rule.
        Yes you are right, we don’t have anything to do because there is nothing to do apart from demonstrating and demonstrating. coz we are not Zhuwau’s girlfriends neither are we Kasukuweres and Jonso’s partners like you who get the jobs thru dirty practical interviews.

    • We should also demonstrate for failure to align the constitution and as such we must shut Zim by 2 Jan 2017 and recall all legislators for having failed the nation. All the things we are fighting for can never be realised until when the constitution is fully operational and in particular chapter 11 part 1 sec 206-210, chapter 9, chapter 8 sec 164-167, chapter 7, chapter4, sixth schedule part 4 sec14(1) and sec18(2). These must be fully aligned by 31 Dec 2016. Even war veterans will realise this is to their advantage. The effective dates for sixth schedule part 4 sec14(1) and sec18(2) must be brought forward to ! Jan 2017. Otherwise we are doomed. The petition must be presented to Min of justice, Parly and President office in the next demo.

  2. The evil Mugabe regime is now on its last legs. People like Jonathan Moyo, Katsukukurere, Zhuwau, Dr Marujata etc will be put in jail and given hard labour, maybe for ten years.

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  4. A peaceful demo. People seeking to direct the narrative on their Zimbabwe. People who have made the time and effort to take to the streets and have their voice heard. #nobusrequired

  5. Don’t you get fed of these one off demo’s stay away ‘ and all that what good is a demo that lasts a few hours that no one pays attention to? Come tomorrow it’s back to reality – corruption, brutality, dictate, theft in government and still rig the election in 2018. Pliz???

  6. They may kill some of us, they may beat some of us, they may rage and they may target our leaders.. but it’s ok, this is the end of Zanu, the end of dictatorship and suffering, Forward to a new future Zimbabweans, a future of true democracy and economic prosperity. REMEMBER, TRUE FREEDOM COMES AT A PRICE, WE WILL DEMONSTRATE AND DIE , BE BEATEN AND EVEN BE JAILED SO THAT OUR CHILDREN WILL NOT SUFFER AS WE HAVE SUFFERED. FORWARD TO FREEDOM MY PEOPLE!!!!

  7. Brother Motsi I understand your angle. i suppose the question is; IN ADDITION to protests how can citizens turn up the temperature on Zanu PF?

  8. what we need is a new war of liberation..bcoz these people do not understand talks….like the law of hamurabbi…or the law of the old testament..an eye for an eye…coz people like chombo need a thorough bashing….now bond notes hapana hapana…unless you bomb rbz….bonus yenyu will be in the form of bond notes

  9. ma bond notes anodzoka and Mugabe haabve as long as muchiri kutya kudai. Vamwe vakuita mariots for the benefit of us all asi imi murizii, moti vakudemonstrater havdiwo kutsvaga mari here, havatewo here. PEOPLE !! WAKE UP MHANHI. GINYA NDOICHABVISA SEKURU AVA NOT KUNGOCOMMENTER

    • true hama. tatichida kuratidza youthiz kuti hatichatya because they were bribed by stand to intimidate us. Just wait and see jambanja ririkuuya vakatidenha.

  10. #This Flag Zimbabwe cry my beloved nation
    MR PRESIDENT WE DO NOT HATE YOU ALL WE WANT IS A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR TRYING GENERATION YOUR KIDS ARE AT OVERSEAS SCHOOLS WELL US WE CAN NOT AFFORD TO FATHER OUR EDUCATION.OUR SISTER ARE FALLING VICTIMS TO THE BIG FISH IN TOWN BECAUSE OF MONEY

  11. muguva nayo nyika mudhara BOb musaisiya..inozotongwa ne opposition…zim dead soon..
    Zimbabwe Born 1980…died when Bob died..

  12. Where is Chipanga he said next time we demonstrate he will tell the police to step aside so that they can deal with us.

    • tHE WAR VETS WHO ARE HIS LAP DOGS ARE BEING ARRESTED – THE REST OF HIS TEAM ARE DRESSED IN ZRP UNIFORM. WHAT ELSE CAN BE EXPECTED.

  13. Youthiz yese yeZANU huyai kutown tikukwaturei zvataita porisi haha good one edy, ndezvema stand. ZANU haichina munhu.

  14. What is wrong with the Zim Police?

    What do they gain by attacking protestors? The demonstrators are citizens of Zimbabwe. They have a right to say what is bothering them without fear of instant vicious attack.

    The level of heavy-handed reaction to peaceful protests shows a government in total disharmony with its electorate.

    How does that government expect to retain any respect when it allows its police to do this to its nationals?

  15. Im actualy shocked at zanu republic police.was at the demo al went well til police which was at crner second street nd nelson mndela blocked the marchers who had al along stuck to it being peaceful al hel broke loose frm there onwards bt wats of concern to me is why throw teargas continuosly thrice at harvest house area wer mdc t is havin there meetin isnt that provoction.coz mdc t youths then started resistin nd fo a while it was a war zone as i speak police is makin rounds t harvest wat for.

  16. ZIMBABWE POLICE ARE BRAINLESS DOGS WHO SUPPORT THOSE WHO MAKE US ALL SUFFER> THEY SUFFER TOO ASI VANODA KUGARISA SEKURU PACHIGARO. MUPURISA MUNHUWO, HATIVATYE AND TOVAKIYA ROUGH VAKARAMBA VACHITIPANDUKIRA KUDAI KUNGE IVO VARIKUGARA BHO KUDZIMBA DZAVO!!

  17. Right ka demo kaplanka aka muchiti hamudi bond. Manje manje tiri kupinda vo mustreet soon tichikuudzaivo kuti bond torida then what will happen is bond rinobva radzoka. Imi henyu kana musingaride fine musagara maribata isu tinorida ticharishandisa. Period. Hapana zvamaswerera muchiita kusiya kwekuti muri kuda attention. Kana marohwa kana kusarohwa ndezvenyu. Kushaya mabasa makapfeka madhende amunoti kudzidza ndezvenyu futi nekuti dai makadzidza muchikwanisa kuve innovative. Makakirema mabhuku ndokufunga kuti madzidza. Hatipinde muupenzi hwenyu. Mukaramba makabatirira madhende nema paper amunoti ndeedzidzo muchafa nezhara. Mugabe haabvi zvekumhanya muzive izvozvo. Nezvakazvaravo zvituta izvi vanozvidemba. Kubvisa mapundu muura. Kkkkkk. #Handeitione

  18. Attack Attack Attack My People, We will never stop fighting and if the police intervenes they become our enemies too!! No freedom without sacrifice, no salvation without the payment of precious blood. Gadafii went, Mubarak went..now its old bobs turn. Attack!!

  19. ana lloyd vatengesi, didnt you suffer too from bond coins in 2007? why are you supporting these looters, murderers and killers my fellow Zimbabwean, you betray us all by supporting what you know is wrong. Hauna rudo netsitsi for hama dzako

    • Mayasi. Bond hariiswi muhomwe dzeasingaridi uye USA harina kumbonzi rinobviswa. Saka munhu ane choice apa. Saka ruzha nderwei

  20. University students join the riots too.. You are educated enough to know that our government is making us suffer, they are even increasing ma fees zvinhu zvakaoma kudai. In some countries dictators have fallen because of student protests. Join us brothers and sisters and lets change our history

  21. with people like Lloyd now l understand the saying,”The blind cannot lead those with eyes,they will all fall into a pit.” Well done graduates and let us keep the struggle, celebration is around the corner.

  22. @ma comrades police ngairohwe hapana chekumirira apa next tym we heat the streets ngavatange kutomhanyiswa they’re now provoking us bcos hanzi ma zimbo are peaceful, hapana apa.guys let’s fight fire with fire.bvunzai tht officer atsvaga door pamadziro e bank kuti apinde achitiza takuda kumudya isu ana eagle kkkkkkk

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