Western coun­tries’ role in vi­o­lent demos ex­posed

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Felex Share Harare Bureau

WESTERN coun­tries’ hand in aid­ing and abet­ting vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions that rocked the coun­try re­cently was ex­posed yes­ter­day when of­fi­cials from the im­pli­cated em­bassies turned up for a me­dia brief­ing called by the op­po­si­tion MDC-T.

What was sup­posed to be a me­dia brief­ing later turned out to be a ploy by the MDC-T to present stage-man­aged nar­ra­tion of “po­lice bru­tal­ity” by al­leged vic­tims to the em­bassy of­fi­cials.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts cas­ti­gated the MDC-T say­ing in­stead of parad­ing the so-called vic­tims to em­bassy of­fi­cials, they should be seen fil­ing law­suits against the al­leged po­lice bru­tal­ity since Zim­babwe was a democ­racy.

The United States, Bri­tain and France have been im­pli­cated as spon­sors of vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions by op­po­si­tion par­ties and shad­owy groups seek­ing regime change in the coun­try.

Iden­ti­fied of­fi­cials who at­tended yes­ter­day’s brief­ing were from Aus­tralia (Amanda Pot­ter), Nether­lands (Arthur Belle) while oth­ers, be­lieved to be from the United States and Canada, re­fused to iden­tify them­selves.

MDC-T, which has been lead­ing the vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions in the past weeks, could not con­vinc­ingly ex­plain the role of the diplo­mats at the me­dia brief­ing. “The diplo­matic com­mu­nity is there to rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of their coun­tries in Zim­babwe,” said MDC-T spokesper­son Mr Obert Gutu.

“When the po­lice en­gage in acts of bru­tal­ity, we be­lieve it is in the in­ter­est of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to know what ex­actly is hap­pen­ing in Zim­babwe. This is an op­por­tu­nity for the vic­tims to tell their story to the world.”

MDC-T leader Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai and his deputies Nel­son Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri, at­tended the press con­fer­ence.

The vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions by the op­po­si­tion el­e­ments have seen shops be­ing looted, prop­erty be­ing burnt, in­no­cent peo­ple and po­lice of­fi­cers at­tacked. Ve­hi­cles have also been burnt. Harare lawyer, Mr Ter­rence Hus­sein, said it was clear the MDC-T was stage-man­ag­ing things to please their spon­sors.

“If peo­ple are sub­jected to po­lice bru­tal­ity, one ex­pects them to file law­suits against the po­lice so that the mat­ter can be deter­mined by an im­par­tial judge at a court hear­ing,” he said.

“Ev­i­dence will be led and most im­por­tantly, the court will re­quire med­i­cal af­fi­davits from a qual­i­fied doc­tor con­firm­ing the in­juries. That is the only way such as­saults are ver­i­fi­able. Rush­ing to the press or for­eign em­bassies leads to spec­u­la­tion and more ques­tions.”

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Mr Good­wine Mureriwa, said the mar­riage be­tween the MDC-T and Western em­bassies “was there for all to see.”

“They have al­ways wanted to cre­ate false­hoods and con­vince the rest of the world that the sit­u­a­tion in Zim­babwe is bad,” he said.

“We have seen vi­o­lence in South Su­dan and the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, with deaths be­ing recorded, but in Zim­babwe there is no sin­gle death at­trib­uted to bru­tal­ity of the State. They want to mag­nify things and ex­pand the hori­zon of their il­le­gal sanc­tions.”

Fol­low­ing a wave of vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions, the Western coun­tries have stam­peded to is­sue sep­a­rate state­ments sup­port­ing the protests and con­demn­ing law en­force­ment agents for main­tain­ing peace and or­der by ar­rest­ing il­le­gal pro­test­ers.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has since warned the em­bassies against med­dling in lo­cal politics by spon­sor­ing dis­si­dent group­ings to sub­vert a con­sti­tu­tion­ally elected Gov­ern­ment.

He has on sev­eral oc­ca­sions em­pha­sised that he would only leave of­fice at the be­hest of Zim­bab­weans not for­eign­ers.

Cde Op­pah Muchin­guri-Kashiri

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