In a statement yesterday, Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Mr Nick Mangwana said the protests that rocked parts of the country had no link to the fuel price increase in the country.
He said the protests were an effort by the by the opposition MDC-Alliance and its civil society allies to effect regime change. Said Mangwana:
His Excellency the President has expressed deep gratitude to the majority of peace-loving Zimbabweans who resisted the MDC-Alliance’s actions of coercion and wanton hooliganism, and who instead chose to follow the path of peace and lawfulness. He is particularly happy that Zimbabweans saw through the false link between the fuel situation in the country on the one hand, and the pre-meditated demonstrations by the MDC and its affiliates on the other. His heart goes out to all those families who lost their loved ones as a result of these MDC-Alliance-inspired violent acts, and to all those businesses which suffered losses running into millions of dollars because of disruptions and damages from these acts of political vandalism. Following today’s extensive briefing to his Excellency the President, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa,on the state of affairs in the country, it has become clearer more than ever before that the violent demonstrations which rocked the country last week were long pre-planned by MDC Alliance working in cahoots with its associate organisations , principally the ZCTU and political NGOs led by the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition and with foreign organisations and individuals who had been infiltrated into the country for the purpose. The violent demonstrations were a direct result of this elaborate plan agreed to at a meeting held last year at Wild Geese Resort, which plan was meant to trigger and precipitate instability in the country for regime change.