The government on Monday claimed that intelligence services have unearthed a plot to overthrow the current ZANU PF-led administration.
The plot allegedly involves foreign nationals and local civic groups, with demonstrations set to intensify after the 24-26 May MDC Congress.
Addressing the media in Harare on Monday, the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Cain Mathema, said:
It is disturbing to note that ZRP and other security services have gathered intelligence to the effect that a group of foreign nationals wants to facilitate a three-day civic organisation workshop in Bulawayo in May 2019.
The main agenda of the workshop is to mobilise and capacitate civic organisations and individuals to stage purported effective demonstrations and disturbances to overthrow the Zanu-PF Government.
My ministry has since directed the Commissioner- General of Police to put in place adequate security measures.
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.
Members of the public are accordingly advised to ignore any incitement to violence or participating in unsanctioned gatherings that may cause instability in the country.
Any acts of lawlessness should be reported to the nearest police station so that the law is applied without fear or favour.
My ministry is also aware that there are plans to intensify violent demonstrations in the country after the forthcoming MDC-Alliance congress under the guise that there is an economic collapse in Zimbabwe.
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