ZANU-PF Youth League secretary, Pupurai Togarepi yesterday said the party wing will defend peace in the country. He further said that it will act against anyone intending to infringe upon human rights through coercing them to participate in violent demonstrations.
Addressing the media yesterday at the party’s headquarters in Harare, Togarepi said:
We have noted with concern messages purportedly on a five-day shutdown attributed to some unscrupulous organisations (in which) they are threatening people to stay home, not go to work, close shops, border posts and block all roads.
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These people must be told and warned now that the freedom to demonstrate is not an absolute right and when you want to demonstrate you should not interfere or infringe upon other people’s rights. You can demonstrate as enshrined in the constitution, but do not do it in a way that will stop others from going about their business.
There are various organisations listed under that message, some have distanced themselves, some have not. These are criminal people who are trying to destabilise our country.
Togarepi further revealed that the party youth department stands with president Mnangagwa in defending peace. He also indicated that they will not fold hands as properties are being destroyed.
He speaks when various civil society organisations and opposition parties have threatened to protest against the government over the unrelenting political and economic crises.
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