MDC Alliance organising secretary Amos Chibaya distanced his party from claims that the MDC was behind the current protests bedevilling the country.
ZANU PF has been quick to blame the opposition as well as Non-governmental organisartions (NGOs) for fomenting the riots that started on Monday. Chibaya had this to say:
Here in Gweru, I saw very senior Zanu PF officials and activists protesting as well. I am the organising secretary of MDC and all programmes come from my office. I never sanctioned these protests at all; that is why I am here at home. Our own programmes will come.
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The government must simply listen to the message being delivered to it by its people instead of laying blame on the MDC. We are saddened by the people who have already been shot and killed by the State security agents. The regime has been cornered. It’s a complete humiliation for the so-called new republic.
The MDC is a peaceful party, that is why no retribution on people who have stolen elections has been witnessed. No matter how far and extreme the party has been stretched, it has remained calm. We never instructed our supporters to be violent at all. However, the citizens are just angry with the failed regime.
Chibaya further denied the claims made by Minister for State Security Owen Ncube that the MDC had activated the Vanguard or the Democratic Resistance Committee.