By Simbarashe Sithole
War Veterans in Mashonaland Central province have threatened to crash demonstrations by MDC youth in rural areas.
Responding to threats made by MDC youth leaders during commemorations to mark the Day of the African Child in Mbire, Mashonaland Central war veterans’ leader, Sam Parirenyatwa said the opposition would be stopped from “exporting” violence to rural areas.
“Mashonaland Central is a no-nonsense province and a no-go area for the opposition. As war veterans, we will not sit idle as MDC exports violence and lawlessness to the rural, peace-loving people. The statement by MDC youth is in bad taste and that will not happen,’’ Parirenyatwa vowed.
He said elections were long over and the MDC should stop crying about the alleged stolen July 30, 2018 vote.
“The issue of elections is a closed chapter and we are not going to entertain that subject anymore. We welcome peaceful discussions and ideas on how to solve the economic challenges we are facing as a country,” Parirenyatwa said.
“There is an effective President and government in place. President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government are trying their level best and Zimbabweans across the political divide should support him. It is high time we depolarise our nation for progress’ sake, otherwise we will be our own worst enemy.”
MDC deputy national youth chairperson Cecilia Chimbiri recently announced the opposition party will start demonstrations in rural areas as part of efforts to force Mnangagwa to act on the economic crisis facing the country.