MDC-Alliance & NGOs Will Pay Riot Looting & Damages, Government Says

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The Zimbabwean government has said the MDC-Alliance and its ally organisations whom government blames for organising the protests that rurned violent on 14 January 2019, will have to pay for the damages caused.

The Ministers of State In The President’s Ofiice for National Security Owen Ncube is quoted by The Herald:

“Government places responsibility for compensation for victims of the violence, destruction of property, injury and loss of life on the MDC-Alliance and all its associates. Government wishes to advise all those who were affected that Zimbabwe law allows them to seek redress from perpetrators and organisers. We therefore urge all whose property was destroyed, goods looted to quantify the damages incurred and report to nearest police stations. This should serve as a lesson to all those who are bent on causing chaos and mayhem in the country, that your actions will not go unpunished. You are liable to pay compensation to the affected people.”

The minister does not mention how the government will legally enforce this. Several retail business, mostly Choppies supermarkets, were looted and property destroyed following a ZCTU Stayaway that turned violent on 14 Janaury. Government has said 30 vehicles were burnt in the protests.

More: The Herald.


Owen NcubeJanuary 2019 Protests

Owen Mudha Ncube is a Zimbabwan politician and current Minister of State in the president's office for National Security. He is also a businessman, farmer and a member of the Zanu-PF party. He is the former Minister of State for Midlands Province . He was... Read More About Owen Ncube

The January 2019 Protests was civil unrest and riots that occurred in Zimbabwe and the violent response from the government from 14 to 16 January 2019. There are different figures provided on the number of people that died but a common figure is 5, most... Read More About January 2019 Protests

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  1. Kanu Maraidza Reply

    Gvt must pass a law in Parliament to punish organisers of these protests. What is the need for looting from a fellow citizen and or destroy public facilities that serve us the citizens? Barbaric.

  2. Batsirai Mazibiye Reply

    The minister forgort to mention the law which provides for that. However, we realise that the same minister is currently using a non-existent law to block social media.

  3. Anonymous Reply

    Ndezvekumama izvo munojairira how do you know kuti MDC ndiyo yaita izvozvo vanhu vemuzimbabwe vazviita ende futi imi imbwa dzezanu ndimwi makakonzeresa vamwe venyu vakapisa zupco

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