The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has responded to Tajamuka’s calls for a peaceful stay away starting this Monday by deploying armed and plain clothed security officers to thwart any violent demonstrations.
Unlike in January when security forces were largely caught unawares by spontaneous protests, this time they have seemingly been prepared for any riots.
Pressure group, Tajamuka had, since last week been sending messages on social media platforms calling for citizens to protests over the ever-deteriorating socio-economic situation in the country.
In a statement circulating on social media, Tajamuka wrote:
Mnangagwa has two choices, (either) to resign or allow Zimbabwe to move forward or to convene an all-inclusive dialogue, encompassing all Zimbabweans with an independent mediator.
If Mnangagwa does not respect the orders, the people of Zimbabwe will have no choice, but to come out of their houses on July 6 and march to State House in Harare. For other cities, we will advise where to assemble.
The main labour body in the country, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), which is credited with organising the January protests, has distanced itself from Tajamuka’s latest calls.