We’ll fight MDC protests: Zanu PF

BY OBEY MANAYITI

THE Zanu PF youth league has threatened to block the demonstrations planned by the opposition MDC party to protest government’s poor handling of the economy which it claims has left the majority of people in the country poor.

The southern Africa country is in the throes of its worst economic crisis since 2009, with rolling power cuts of up to 18 hours daily threatening industry and mines, while shortages of cash, fuel, bread and medicines have become chronic.

The Nelson Chamisa-led MDC on Tuesday this week filed a notice with the police to demonstrate against rising unemployment, corruption and a deteriorating
economy, but the response by Zany PF sets the stage for possible clashes between the country’s dominant political foes.

Zanu PF youth league boss Pupurai Togarepi said by announcing the protest date, battle lines between his party and the MDC had been drawn in the sand.

“Any thuggery will be confronted with equal measure,” Togarepi warned.

“If they decide to be funny as they did in previous so called demonstrations, there won’t be anything called MDCA from that day. We are not going to sit back
and watch them tear the Constitution of our country with impunity.”

At least 17 people were killed and 200 sustained gunshot wounds after security forces crushed protests over a 150% fuel price increase in January this year. Cumulatively, the cost of fuel has risen by over 500% this year alone following a 26% rise early this week, although the commodity remains scarce.

Zanu PF youths, soldiers and police officers were all implicated in the violence.

Togarepi added: “If they have set a date then the battle lines have been drawn. I hope they don’t cross the Rubicon line.”

Asked if he was not inciting violence by his choice of words, particularly when the Constitution provides for peaceful demonstrations, Togarepi accused the MDC
of planning to subvert a constitutionally-elected government.

Charging that the opposition party had failed the test for peaceful protests in the past, he said: “They are threatening to remove a constitutionally-elected government. I am reacting to a threat from the MDC-A to remove a government through illegal means.”

“They abused the freedom to demonstrate, destroyed police stations and people’s properties etc. We cannot stand akimbo while terror mongers are threatening
anarchy. While the Constitution gives the right to demonstrate, it also gives the right for self-defence.

“We will defend our Zimbabwe, our democracy and our people. We will respond decisively if we are provoked. To defend our democracy is a right too. The right to
demonstrate is not an absolute right; unfortunately MDC Alliance has failed the test in past demonstrations.”

However, quizzed on how they intend to carry out their plans since they are not the law enforcers, Togarepi ominously retorted: “A touch is a move.”

The opposition has in the past accused Zanu PF activists of fomenting anarchy and inciting violence during their demonstrations. Some have accused Zanu PF of
targeting and attacking known opposition activists during the protests.

In January, both police and soldiers were accused of gross human rights violations when they indiscriminately beat up citizens following the protest over the
rising cost of living.

6 Comments

  1. Is this not a legal right in our laws educate me, I seem to hear that police received a formal notice as per our law.

    1. No one has a legal right to demonstrate violently and interfere with those who are not demonstrating.If you use violence, violence will also be used against you. And Zanu PF has the right to demonstrate against MDC in the same way MDC intends to demonstrate against Zanu PF. Get that into your thick skull.

  2. sekuru Pupurai mapwera sei?Hamusi youth imi mava harahwa kwanai musaita sebenzi.Kana muchida tokuendesai Ngomahuru

  3. Violent MDC goons must know that they have no monopoly for monopoly. ZANU PF should and will defend the prevailing peace & tranquillity. Change of Govt can only be through the electoral process. Nothing More. Nothing less.

  4. Lol. Zanu guys amaze me really

  5. Chimusoro Chimkoko

    Ko ZANU inikwateyi? regai vanhu va protester zvakanaka murunyararo for the unemoployement. The message should be heard by the “elected” president that people want decent livelihoods not izviiii… Ku France people spent 4 weeks protesting but not even a single person was killed or disappeared what’s special about ZANU Youths that they want to block “Violently” people exercising their rights? Matemadanda promised to “unleash” the army dogs ayaaas… Jealous Mawarire said if you open the democratic space you won’t spend a day longer in power

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