Protests unstoppable: MDC

BY OBEY MANAYITI

THE Nelson Chamisa-led MDC party yesterday dismissed threats by Zanu PF youths to counter their demonstrations, saying the ruling party had no mandate to stop their constitutional right to protest.

Zanu PF youths on Thursday threatened to block the opposition party’s planned protests over the rising cost of living. This came at a time the opposition has threatened to call for protests against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration.

“These youths have got blood on their hands,” MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume.

He alleged that there were some Zanu PF youths who took part in a clampdown against opposition members and ordinary citizens after the January demonstration,
but many of them were let free.

“It is constitutional to hold an anti-government demonstration anywhere in the world and it is dangerous to create a quasi-group of people who threaten to deal
with other people. It is dangerous for the State to keep quiet and not deal with those people,” Mafume said.

“The State must deal with those people thoroughly and stop them from making statements which are likely to inflame the situation. They have no right to police anyone or to stop anyone from doing a demonstration against the government.”

Mafume said if Zanu PF youths wanted to stand in solidarity with the government, then they could demonstrate in support of the government, but not to interfere
with their plans.

MDC youth leader Obey Sithole dared the Zanu PF youths, claiming they had no capacity to stop them.

“I have come across their claims, but let me categorically state that it is misplaced and misleading for one to think they can stop an idea whose time has
come. Zanu PF has no locus standi to stop a people’s demonstration, let alone speak about it,” he said.

“We are definitely unmoved by such threats. We will not betray the people of Zimbabwe; we shall continue pursuing our path to power until freedom comes.”

Meanwhile, Sithole was yesterday summoned by the Zimbabwe Republic Police’s Law and Order Section for interrogation after he recently gave Mnangagwa’s
government until month-end to resolve the ongoing socio-economic and political crises facing the country or face mass demonstrations.

“Our leader has been summoned by the ZRP. He will report at Harare Central Police Station today (yesterday) in company of his lawyers,” said MDC youth assembly
spokesperson Stephen “Sarkozy” Chuma. He was reportedly warned and released without charge.

Chuma said Sithole never broke any law in his address to journalists, where he issued the ultimatum.

8 Comments

  1. Go ahead Mafume with your violence.But remember violence begats violence.In countries like Saudi Arabia,and most Arab countries dissent is treasonous.

  2. Just like their blood smelling leaders these youths are being coerced to follow that destructive path,remember you young guys that these old horses are making their last kicks but you will walk the path that you have chosen dont let them fool you & choose their near end path

  3. Just like their blood smelling leaders these youths are being coerced to follow that destructive path,remember you young guys that these old horses are making their last kicks but you will walk the path that you have chosen dont let them fool you & choose their near end path

  4. Just like their blood smelling leaders these youths are being coerced to follow that destructive path,remember you young guys that these old horses are making their last kicks but you will walk the path that you have chosen dont let them fool you & choose their near end path

  5. No violence please. Violence is a disease we don’t want in our society.

    There is nothing that stops MDC supports from no going to work without disturbing other people in going about their business. In January ordinary citizens lost their property because of MDC called protests.

    If the MDC wants to engage the current government they have many avenues open to them that don’t involve the ordinary person paying the cost of their political message.

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  7. Nero and Co. relevance iri kupera bit by bit. By the time we get to December l bet if you haven’t proved your influence then you are going straight in the dust bin wherever if you try to prove your influence you will be dealt with.

    You lost the plot young man you should had gone for dialogue soon after elections when the croco was still shy. The more you talk shit about this croco guy the more he gets tough.

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