A report by the Chronicle claims that a number of opaque organisations linked to the country’s opposition MDC have been planning to foment civil unrest over the past few months.
The report further alleges that a massive wave of violent protests is to be unleashed next month.
The leaders of the planned demonstrations were reportedly trained in the Czech Republic and the Maldives.
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There are eight local activists who are being rained to start the chaos in June. They are drawn from civil society organisations such as Women’s Academy for Leadership and Political Excellency, Centre for Community Development, Trust Africa, Rozaria Memorial Trust and Community Tolerance and Reconciliation Trust.
A workshop towards regime change in Zimbabwe was held at CEVRO Institute, Prague, the report quotes an unnamed MDC official as saying. The official allegedly said:
The workshop focused on how to unseat authoritarian regimes using peaceful means. Modus operandi for the unseating would include massive demonstrations, sit-ins, student protests, civil disobedience and online activism.
What we want to do is to pressurise the regime into concessions with protestors. The most powerful tool to be used is grassroots mobilisation and use of the internet for sharing information. This is exactly what we did during the January protests, we used the internet.
We have been told that the security sector’s top hierarchy is disgruntled with the current regime and is willing to work with Nelson Chamisa but are fearful of their future in the aftermath of regime change.
We have suggested that Chamisa should approach the security sector’s top hierarchy and assure them of no reprisals if the MDC wins.