Home Affairs minister Cain Mathema revealed yestewrday that the government will ruthlessly deal with anticipated demonstrations by Zimbabwe’s civil society, opposition parties and foreign countries against the deteriorating economic conditions.
Mathema said that the information with regards to the purported protests was gathered by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and other security services in the country. He also claimed that the demonstrations were meant to overthrow the Zanu PF government.
He revealed that the Ministry has already made inroads towards dealing with the issue. He said:
The police will thwart any civil disobedience or violent machinations by individuals, political parties and civic organisations under the guise of freedom of assembly and other hidden activities. Let me emphasise that no NGO can teach us about freedom of assembly and democracy.
The law will not tolerate any nonsense especially from those who imposed sanctions on this country. If anybody uses illegal arms, we will use any force we can against those forces.
We will use supreme force to make sure that those arms or weapons are not used against the people of Zimbabwe. We do not want any demonstrations at all. All we are after is law and order.
Anyone who wants to demonstrate has to follow the law. We cannot allow demonstrations to just go about and people run willy-nilly like drunken cows in order to remove the government from power.
For the past 24 months, the cost of living has been increasing whilst salaries have remained stagnant in variuos institutions.
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