The government has warned the opposition MDC over planned protests, saying that it is ready to take both pre-emptive and remedial measures to ensure peace in the country.
The threat follows MDC president Nelson Chamisa’s remarks during the just-ended party Congress that it will mobilise supporters for street protests to force the government to address the economic implosion.
Speaking during a media conference in Harare on Sunday, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Ambassador Cain Mathema said:
Against the background of opposition led bloody demonstrations on 1st August last year and again between 14th and 16th January this year, the government has noted and treats with seriousness, threats by MDC-Alliance and its leader Mr Nelson Chamisa that: ‘As soon as MDC-Alliance congress ends, it will be war’.
This intemperate and inciteful language, clearly conveying an intention to breach national peace through public violence, disorder, looting and destruction of property, deserves unqualified condemnation by all peace-loving Zimbabweans, and unequivocal censure by genuine democrats and friends of Zimbabwe.
Such reckless threats made against any constitutional order in any part of the world, require and invite a vigorous response from any responsible Government.
… No individual or groups of individuals will be allowed to hold our nation to ransom by disturbing or disrupting that hard-won peace.
Our law enforcement agencies are under full orders to exercise their full, lawful authority and might to guarantee peace and calmness for and at all times.
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Cain Ginyitshe Mathema is the Minister of Home Affairs.He is also a writer, Zimbabwean politician and member of the ZANU-PF party. He is the former Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees. Mathema is a former ambassador. Read More About Cain Mathema