VP Mnan­gagwa slams vi­o­lent protests

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba Mid­lands Bureau Chief

VICE Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa has con­demned vi­o­lent protests that rocked some parts of Harare last week and said the ac­tions of lumpen el­e­ments in the coun­try’s op­po­si­tion par­ties were un­con­sti­tu­tional.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of a Methodist Church Dis­trict con­ven­tion for women in Kwekwe where he had gone to wit­ness his wife Cde Aux­ilia Mnan­gagwa re­ceive con­fir­ma­tion into the church’s Ruwadzano group, the VP said the coun­try’s laws do not al­low any­one to vi­o­late the rights of oth­ers.

His re­marks fol­low last week’s orgy of vi­o­lence in Harare un­leashed by mem­bers of op­po­si­tion par­ties un­der the ban­ner, Na­tional Elec­toral Re­form Agenda (Nera).

“On vi­o­lence, I wasn’t in Harare but I’m told that there were some demon­stra­tions which were vi­o­lent. Our con­sti­tu­tion al­lows peo­ple to demon­strate but it doesn’t al­low peo­ple to vi­o­late the rights of other peo­ple or to vi­o­late the prop­erty of oth­ers,” said the VP.

“I un­der­stand there was vi­o­lence which re­sulted in some peo­ple be­ing in­jured and some prop­er­ties be­ing de­stroyed. That’s un-Zim­bab­wean, its un-African and its un­con­sti­tu­tional, that must stop in our view.”

VP Mnan­gagwa said he be­lieves that Zim­bab­weans are a ma­ture peo­ple who should ac­cept di­ver­gent views and when they demon­strate they should do so peace­fully.

He said ac­cept­ing other peo­ple’s views was the only way the coun­try can pros­per.

“We can only build our na­tion by ac­cept­ing that your fel­low cit­i­zen might have a good idea, you lis­ten and it’s out of de­bate and dis­cus­sion that the best comes out. But those who then re­sort to vi­o­lence, it only de­picts their lack of un­der­stand­ing, their lack of the depth of ap­pre­ci­a­tion of de­vel­op­ments in our coun­try,” the VP said.

Turn­ing to food se­cu­rity, VP Mnan­gagwa said the coun­try has enough food re­serves.

He said the coun­try was getting maize from Zam­bia, South Africa, Mex­ico and Ukraine.

“There was a time when we only had one month food cover. I chair the Food Se­cu­rity Util­ity clus­ter which deals with the im­por­ta­tion of food into the coun­try. In the last eight to 10 weeks we have been able to bring into the coun­try enough maize which cov­ers food de­fi­ciency of up to six and half months. I be­lieve that by Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber we should have up to 10 months cover and we are happy that we have been suc­cess­ful in bring­ing in maize,” VP Mnan­gagwa said. — @pchi­tumba1

VP Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa

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