Peo­ple in­cit­ing vi­o­lence warned

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tendai Mu­gabe Harare Bureau

THE Gov­ern­ment will not al­low a few in­di­vid­u­als feed­ing on the Western trough to cause con­fu­sion and an­ar­chy in the coun­try as part of the illegal regime change agenda, In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Min­is­ter Dr Chris Mushohwe has said.

Dr Mushohwe said if there were is­sues, Zim­bab­weans should sit down and discuss rather than to in­cite ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties.

His re­marks come in the wake of calls by some shad­owy and face­less groups call­ing for the shut­ting down of the coun­try’s bor­ders start­ing to­day, os­ten­si­bly to force Gov­ern­ment to lift im­port con­trols on cer­tain prod­ucts from South Africa.

“You hear peo­ple even on the eve of Heroes Day, they would go out there and they would ei­ther through so­cial me­dia or through print me­dia or elec­tronic me­dia go out there boast­ing that they want to cause an­ar­chy; they want to cause ter­ror­ist at­tacks on the 11th of this month,” said Dr Mushohwe.

“No one should go into Harare, Gweru, Bu­l­awayo, Mutare and all th­ese ci­ties, we will man the roads, we will set up bombs, we will do all sorts of things and blood is go­ing to gush’; and you say are th­ese peo­ple real Zim­bab­weans? Do they un­der­stand the im­pli­ca­tions of ter­ror­ism that they are preach­ing?

“Law en­force­ment in Zim­babwe is in­tact and peo­ple of Zim­babwe heard the com­man­der of the army (Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Philip Va­le­rio Sibanda) as­sur­ing Zim­bab­weans. I want to as­sure Zim­bab­weans that Zim­babwe will not al­low an­ar­chy. Zim­babwe is a peace-lov­ing coun­try.

“We are a coun­try that wants to see pro­lif­er­a­tion of law and or­der. Any­thing that dis­turbs law and or­der, any­thing that dis­turbs the peace that we are en­joy­ing, we can­not al­low. Let us say no to this one.

“If there are is­sues, and we ac­cept there are prob­lems and it’s no se­cret, let us sit down and talk. Those who have good ideas, bet­ter ideas, and they think Gov­ern­ment does not have good ideas to see this econ­omy resurge again un­der th­ese sanc­tions, bring them. We wel­come them.”

Dr Mushohwe said the coun­try was fought for and some peo­ple do not un­der­stand the im­pli­ca­tions of ter­ror­ist at­tacks they are call­ing for.

Said Dr Mushohwe: “Some peo­ple tell you that they want to lib­er­ate the coun­try again. Where were you when it was real lib­er­a­tion? I don’t know why Zim­bab­wean peo­ple in­tel­li­gent like this — some peo­ple say we are the most ed­u­cated peo­ple on the sub-con­ti­nent if not on the en­tire con­ti­nent — would think my­opi­cally and think it is go­ing to be easy just to walk and throw bombs and do that, no.

“Peo­ple must look at the situation in Libya. Peo­ple must look at what is hap­pen­ing in Syria and else­where. Peo­ple from Syria and Libya are dy­ing on the Mediter­ranean Sea al­most ev­ery day try­ing to es­cape the an­ar­chy they cre­ated in their coun­tries. Libya was more de­vel­oped than Zim­babwe, stronger than Zim­babwe and it was peace­ful. They have de­stroyed that peace and now they are try­ing to go to Europe to look for peace. Euro­peans told them that there was no peace in their coun­try and now Euro­peans do not want them in their coun­tries. They are say­ing no more refugees. We don’t want refugees and they are real refugees. They used to have man­sions on top of moun­tains in Libya like Zim­babwe here and there is no ev­i­dence of those man­sions to­day.

“The rich and the poor are equal now squat­ting in a capsizing boat on the Mediter­ranean Sea. Is this what Zim­bab­weans want to see? Some Zim­bab­weans seem not to re­alise that the peace we cher­ish here is not co­in­ci­den­tal. There are peo­ple who are main­tain­ing this peace. There is a Gov­ern­ment that is main­tain­ing that peace.”

Dr Mushohwe said the West was re­lent­lessly fund­ing op­po­si­tion func­tionar­ies to ef­fect regime change not only in Zim­babwe but the whole of Africa. As such, said Dr Mushohwe, any vic­tory by Zim­babwe over Western machi­na­tions could set a bad prece­dent in other African coun­tries where the West had some in­ter­ests.

“We all know those who im­posed sanc­tions on us, the Bri­tish, the Amer­i­cans, the French from Europe. They don’t want to be found as if they are de­feated be­cause it will be a bad ex­am­ple for their regime change agenda on the con­ti­nent so they will do any­thing and they will give one lit­tle clergy some money and that lit­tle clergy will go round and spread the virus to other peo­ple and the peo­ple some­times just fol­low blindly.

“If you think of the so-called Mawarire, he is now stay­ing com­fort­ably in South Africa. That is what he was look­ing for, to have peo­ple who can take care of him. As we go into the Heroes and De­fence Forces Day holiday cel­e­bra­tions let us tell the peo­ple of Zim­babwe not to be un­rea­son­ably emo­tional on things that we can sit down and re­solve to­gether as a na­tion. When chaos comes, it will not know if that per­son is from this party or that party.

“We will be in the same dust­bin, so I want to tell and per­suade peace lov­ing Zim­bab­weans that please don’t lis­ten to what th­ese face­less peo­ple want us to be­lieve. Let us go out and do our nor­mal du­ties,” he said.

Cde Maidei Mpala (left) the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Loben­gula as­sists Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko to hand over a crate of chicks to a re­cip­i­ent in Njube yes­ter­day

Min­is­ter Saviour Ka­sukuwere

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