State security organs on high alert

HOME Affairs minister Obert Mpofu has said all State security organs have been put on high alert ahead of tomorrow’s planned demonstrations by opposition political parties to force the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to address their concerns before elections set for July 30.

BY TINOTENDA MUNYUKWI/TAFADZWA MUTACHA

Without referring directly to the MDC Alliance, Mpofu yesterday told journalists in Harare that those planning the demonstrations would face the full wrath of the law.

“The government is doing all it can to ensure that every citizen exercises his or her democratic right to vote. We have, therefore, put all State security organs on high alert and all those bent on causing disorder are being warned that the law will be applied without fear or favour,” Mpofu said.

MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa warned last week that his party would embark on countrywide protests from today until July 30, if Zec does not accede to their demands for a transparent ballot paper printing process, among other issues.

Mpofu, however, admitted that previous demonstrations held by the MDC Alliance have been peaceful and stressed that all demonstrations should be held within the confines of the law.

“As the Minister of Home Affairs, let me state that we will not condone or tolerate any acts of violence, intimidation and incitement to commit lawlessness in the country. As government, we take an exception to such conduct, which is meant to derail the peace that is currently prevailing in the country,” he said.

8 Comments

  1. Wezhira Wezhara

    Prepare the water cannons and spray them with that water inovava if the try to cause chaos. Let them demonstrate peacefully but any attempt to disrupt voting should be met with necessary force. If Chamisa wants to be a warlord he should declare his intentions so that we know we are dealing with a terrorist. Let voting continue because we do not believe mumasaramusi isu.

  2. Why should voters even listen to threats from criminals and thieves?

    1. Siyananazvo Zvenyika Jojo

      Nhai iwe Sagitarr, which Voters are you referring to??? I for one represent a good number of Voters who are not in any political party. Saka please do not say Voters. Taurai ikoko kwamuri as MDC Alliance and your Student Politics Leaders and so called Advocates…. we are not part of this lawless behavior. You just want kuda kungotonga chete, yet you dont have solid and tangible plans for our nation. You are in it for the money…. Akataura ega Chamisa when he said” kanatapinda, todakumbodyawo” tozogadzirisa nyika…Saka manje??? ED PFeeeeee, Its better the devil I know

      1. time to change

        unoda kuvhotera iyo zanu pf yemakore ose asa yakaurauya nyika, unezvivindi

  3. Let them demonstrate in peace but vakada kukonzeresa vamhu ngavarohwe….Chamisa anoda kuita kenya style muno manje hehehehehehede kunodashurwa munhu ku Zimbabwe.

    1. Whether you like it or not, change is coming our way.

  4. godfrey chikowore

    Let all parties genuinely acquit themselves for deepening democracy, mutuality and dispelling mistrust are mutually acceptable Common Goods for a transforming Zimbabwe in a rapidly galloping global village. Our Almighty Lord God of Abraham bless all participants Peaceful Demonstrators and Law enforcement Units.

  5. How is Obert Mpofu still a minister after stealing at Chiadzwa, Zinara and ARDA he should be in jail not a minister

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