Firebrand MDC youth assembly chairperson Obey Teererai Sithole said that nothing will stop his party from confronting the government through protests over the deteriorating economic situation.
Sithole was addressing party members in Harare on Sunday at the Commemoration Day of African Child.
He, however, revealed that they will not fall into ZANU PF’s trap by rushing the protests. He said:
We are not going to fold our hands when the people of Zimbabwe are suffering.
We know Zanu PF is saying the next elections are coming in 2023, but comrades, 2023 is very far. We cannot go on like this.
Don’t be intimidated by those who say they are going to shoot you. They cannot shoot the whole population.
Meanwhile, the ZANU PF youth league says that it is ready to “welcome” their MDC counterparts to the streets.
In an interview with Newsday last week, Zanu PF deputy secretary for youth affairs Lewis Matutu said:
… they must know that they are welcome to the streets and we will deal with them ruthlessly to make sure that they don’t disturb the peace in the country.
They must not think we are not protesting. They must be warned that we are coming. Be careful, the people of Zimbabwe are ready.
Reports indicate that the government is buying and stockpiling a wide array of lethal and non-lethal weapons for the police to be ready for the anticipated demonstrations.
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The Zanu PF Youth League is a wing of the party for people less than 40 years of age. Read More About Youth League
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