Speaking during a radio interview today, Presidential spokesperson, George Charamba said that government reacted in the “very very forceful way” it did because there was an attempt to “redraw” the elections results from 2018.
The interview had asked Charamba about the heavy-handedness of the crackdown by the military and police on Zimbabweans.
Don’t ever get into a situation where you equate demonstration with violence or equate demonstrations with challenging the authority of the state. Because once that happens we are drifting in uncharted territory where only the fittest survive, and then you can’t allow that kind of a situation to happen. So yes government will use a set of mix of measures which are appropriate to the situation.
And given those symbolic gestures by way of attacking police stations trying to wrestle arms of war, we knew basically that we were dealing with a determined demonstrator who was out to, as it were, redraw the results of the July 30 elections. And what once that happens, it means the state will have to react in a very very forceful way.
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