7 arrested as shutdown flops

POLICE yesterday arrested seven people in Harare and Bulawayo following alleged isolated cases of violence triggered by businesses’ refusal to heed calls for a national shutdown organised by local political pressure groups.

BY STAFF REPORTERS

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The shutdown had been organised by Tajamuka/Sesijikile to force President Robert Mugabe to urgently address the economic meltdown.

Four members of Tajamuka/Sesijikile and freelance journalist, Chrispen Ndlovu were arrested in Bulawayo after they allegedly demonstrated in the city centre.

In Harare, police arrested two activists in Glen Norah suburb on allegations of engaging in violent activities.
This was after police briefly fought running battles with Mufakose protesters, who barricaded roads and burnt tyres.

Besides the few incidents of violence, it was business as usual in most cities although the atmosphere remained tense, as police kept a heavy presence in the streets to avoid a recurrence of last week’s protests, which later degenerated into a looting spree.

Tajamuka/Sesijikile co-ordinators yesterday insisted their shutdown campaign was successful, although it had gone largely unheeded by the corporate world and government departments.

“The shutdown was successful although we would expect a total shutdown, but you know you can never achieve it in total. But we are glad most Zimbabweans headed the call and stayed home,” one of the members, who declined to be named, said.

Meanwhile, opposition parties under the banner of National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) yesterday urged the public to brace for tomorrow’s demonstrations aimed at forcing the government to level the political playing field ahead of the 2018 elections.

The demonstrations are expected to take place in different parts of the country at the same time, although in Mutare, police have declined to sanction the protests, citing security concerns.

“The current situation in the country is not conducive for demonstrations,” the local police chief, Nyaradzo Mupita, said in a letter dated August 29 and addressed to MDC-T Manicaland chairman, David Chimhini.

This comes as more than 70 suspects linked to last week’s violent protests were still battling to be released on bail.

“We are using last week’s court order to protest because the police blocked us last week,” Nera member and Transform Zimbabwe leader, Jacob Ngarivhume said.

He said several opposition leaders, including himself, had received death threats from suspected State security agents, who were demanding cancellation of tomorrow’s planned demonstration. Ngarivhume said he reported the matter to the police under case number RRB 2940878.

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25 Comments

  1. Thank you Zimbos for ignoring these useless protest,what do we gain from it,lets find ways to feed our families,yep things are tough but worsening the situation by engaging in ruinous activities wont help.The Mawarire fellow is sitting pretty in the US whilst he wants us to stay away from our livelihood.

    1. Matsotsi Jack Boot

      Pastor Mawarire katsotsi. Look at how silent all the so called men of God like Munyeza, Bismark etc are after coining it during the fake prayers at court. Con Artists posing as pastors

      1. Never case the man of God.torch not the annointed one.Leave Bizmark Munyeza what?U fool Zimbabweans.Brain washed not focused bon one cause to fight for one coz,Leaving things going bad.Pastor Mawarire was suppose leave country good idea he knew his life after this will be in danger.

    2. the flop doesn’t mean people are happy but we feared for our only lives becoz the situation is tense, and very soon you will hear the voices again trust me. you wont repeat your words next time. people are grieved even the police or army to be honest with you we are not happy we are feeling the heavy pain of loans to survive. if u are enjoying the current hardship good luck to u my friend , its normal that a few benefit when there is a crisis and im sure u are one of them.

    3. we didnt ignore point of correction, but the situation was very tense, but we are not happy and i know u will always difer with me and im very sure u are one of the few who are corruptly benefiting from this crisis. but u wont silence us for long my fellow citizen and people will speak one day and never fool your self that people ignored the call they felt the situation is not yet ripe. even the police and army they will speak also one day becoz most of us we are surviving on loans with heavy interest rates.
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  2. @Muritoti, you must be a clueless born-free, if you knew how much better life was back then you would realise that selling tomatoes for a living is NOT a livelihood at all, we might as well be on stay away everyday for the rest of our lives

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    2. Life better back when? When the only time we were guaranteed tea was on New Year’s and Christmas Day? When the majority could only end at Grade Seven?

  3. Common sense tells you.
    We suspended protests simply because our chief target the fossiled Robert is away.
    Let him touch down then all hell breaks loose.

  4. Mirai zvenyu mugabe anokita manje manje

  5. Tendai Chaminuka

    NERA why not challenge the Electoral Laws in courts. For it has been proven that your so called peaceful demonstrations are not peaceful after all.

  6. Christopher Ndiweni, Zim PF

    Zimbabwe is on fire. Tourists are warned not to visit Victoria Falls from 2-6 September 2016 because the resort will be burning as NERA will be in action.

  7. Tajamuka Kupi Kwacho

    The fools at Tajamuka promised Mugabe would be removed from power by a minority violent group of thugs. It will not happen.

    1. iwe idya unyerere. if its ok with u and ur boss leave those who are suffering express thier problem.

  8. Stop criticizing these long awaited demonstrations. Mugabe has overstayed. Dictators in Africa are hard hearted all what we want in Zimbabwe is the 92year old man to resign or peacefully step down.
    @Mutoriti stop dreaming change is coming whether you like it or not. Ndezvako izvo tajamuka vana vewZimbabwe. Vakadzi vasekuru munonetsa.

  9. if plan A fails,,try plan B..dont repeat plan A over and over again…

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  10. pfuti yako musango toonana imomo.

  11. Patriot(Cry, My Beloved Zimbabwe)

    all those people who rejoice at the end of the protests are cowards.. you would rather starve and live hard because you do not want be beaten. we shall die as Zanu’s slaves if we do not take any action. Do not be blind my countrymen. Things can never get better, only worse if Mugabe still rules

  12. Patriot(Cry, My Beloved Zimbabwe)

    ana mutoriti vakubhaizwa nemafake stands akupromiswa vanhu vakaoma musoro ve Zanu. kuda zvemahara.muchafa muchitambura. nxaa

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  13. in future lets have 2 term limits..period!


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