MDC president Nelson Chamisa told party members to brace for mass protests after the May 24-26 electoral Congress to be held in Gweru.
Addressing supporters in Bulawayo’s Mzilikazi suburb on Monday during debates between candidates for executive positions at the Congress, Chamisa said:
Wait for our congress. After the 26th, you’ll see what’s going to happen.
We can’t be having problems in the country when we have such competent people in leadership.
Listen to the quality of debate, the MDC is rich. We want 2023 right now. We’re not going to shirk.
Harare East MP and vice presidential nominee, Tendai Biti told the same group that Chamisa should be at State House before the end of this year. Said Biti:
We must complete the journey that we started at Rufaro Stadium on September 11, 1999 (day MDC was formed).
That means that we want to put this man at Number 1, Chancellor Lane, Borrowdale, also known as State House before the end of the year, today!
The MDC has from time to time threatened streets protest to force the government to deal with the fast-deteriorating socio-economic situation.
Prices of goods and services have continued to rise whilst the disposable incomes have not changed in many years. Recently, power utility ZESA began debilitating load shedding across the country while the major urban settlements do not have water consistently.
Furthermore, fuel shortages have become the new normal as motorists spend hours in fule queues.
However, the government’s default reaction to recent protests has been the use of live ammunition against the protestors.