Se­cu­rity min­is­ters warn de­mon­stra­tors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Lloyd Gumbo

THE Gov­ern­ment has warned op­po­si­tion par­ties and their ap­pendages in the civil so­ci­ety against hold­ing un­sanc­tioned demon­stra­tions that of­ten turn vi­o­lent, say­ing the po­lice would crack down on such mal­con­tents.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia in Harare yes­ter­day, Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ig­natius Chombo said con­ven­ers of il­le­gal demon­stra­tions would face the full wrath of the law.

Min­is­ter Chombo was flanked by De­fence Min­is­ter Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi, State Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Kembo Mo­hadi and Deputy Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Obe­d­ingwa Mguni.

The min­is­ter con­demned the vi­o­lent protests that were or­gan­ised by MDC-T and its af­fil­i­ate civic or­gan­i­sa­tions and spon­sored by West­ern forces in Harare on Wed­nes­day that re­sulted in shops be­ing looted, ve­hi­cles and a po­lice base burnt.

“In light of th­ese dis­tur­bances, I wish to re­mind Zim­bab­weans that the se­cu­rity min­istries are man­dated to main­tain law, or­der and to pro­tect life and prop­erty,” said Min­is­ter Chombo.

“Yes­ter­day’s may­hem and chaos in the Harare cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict dis­rupted busi­ness, dis­rupted free move­ment of peo­ple, de­stroyed prop­erty and this is a gross vi­o­la­tion of peo­ple’s demo­cratic rights as en­shrined in the na­tion’s Con­sti­tu­tion.

“The burn­ing that took place yes­ter­day was pre­med­i­tated and those who or­gan­ised it will be made to ac­count. As law en­force­ment agents of this coun­try, we will not be found want­ing in de­fend­ing the demo­cratic rights of the Zim­bab­wean peo­ple. We will not tol­er­ate any at­tempts by any group of per­sons, po­lit­i­cal par­ties, civic or­gan­i­sa­tions or in­di­vid­u­als whose ac­tions will un­der­mine the peace and quiet that Zim­babwe en­joys to­day.”

Min­is­ter Chombo said mal­con­tents who were bent on chang­ing a demo­crat­i­cally-elected Gov­ern­ment would face the full wrath of the law.

He said the Gov­ern­ment was aware that the demon­stra­tions were meant to court in­ter­na­tional in­ter­ven­tion in Zim­babwe’s in­ter­nal af­fairs, some­thing the Gov­ern­ment would not al­low.

“We can not sit idly while our coun­try is be­ing torn apart by un­ruly for­eign spon­sored agents.

“We want to re­as­sure the na­tion that peace and tran­quil­lity will be main­tained at all times. Peo­ple should pro­ceed with their busi­ness as usual. Se­cu­rity will be guar­an­teed,” said Min­is­ter Chombo.

Field­ing ques­tions from jour­nal­ists, Min­is­ter Chombo de­fended po­lice in­ter­ven­tions in stop­ping il­le­gal and vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions say­ing, in fact, they had been tol­er­ant with some of the pro­tes­tors de­spite ob­vi­ous provo­ca­tion.

He said the po­lice would stop any un­sanc­tioned demon­stra­tions while slam­ming MDC-T leader Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai and ex­pelled Zanu-PF min­is­ter and now Zim­babwe Peo­ple First func­tionary Mr Didy­mus Mu­tasa for call­ing for il­le­gal protests.

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