The MDC has vowed to go ahead with planned protests in order to force President Emmerson Mnangagwa to dialogue with Nelson Chamisa.
This was revealed by MDC national organising secretary Amos Chibaya on Saturday to party members in his Mkoba constituency. He said:
Do not be afraid. Zimbabweans cannot continue to suffer because of politics. We cannot continue to chant slogans when our people are suffering due to this failed economy.
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So, the position of the MDC is that despite all the threats to crush demonstrations by the regime, protests will continue. We will not be shaken. Mr Chamisa and Mr Mnangagwa must sit down for a moment of truth on each other and find a way forward on this crisis. The coming protests will be held, to send this message to Mr Mnangagwa.
I was a member of a team of people which led the crafting of this existing Constitution. I am, therefore, aware that section 59 allows us to stage demonstrations on any matter we will not be happy with.
So no one can intimidate us from enjoying that right. The people of Zimbabwe must not be instilled with fear that they will be targeted if they come to the streets. So the position is that we are going ahead with the demonstrations on a date to be announced.
Meanwhile, Mnangagwa on Saturday sent a chilling warning to future protestors, that he will not hesitate to deploy soldiers again as what happened on August 1 2018, and in January 2019.