The ruling ZANU PF party has warned the MDC that if the violence witnessed in January is repeated on August 16, it will be the end of the opposition.
The MDC led by Nelson Chamisa, which used the MDC Alliance (MDCA) name during last year’s harmonised elections, on Tuesday filed a notice with the police to demonstrate against the deteriorating economic situation in the country.
Zanu PF youth league boss, Pupurai Togarepi blamed the MDC for violent demonstrations which broke out in January after the government announced a steep fuel price hike. He said:
Any thuggery will be confronted with equal measure.
If they decide to be funny as they did in previous so-called demonstrations, there won’t be anything called MDCA from that day.
We are not going to sit back and watch them tear the Constitution of our country with impunity.
At least 17 people lost their lives, hundreds were seriously injured and more than a thousand were arrested when the government responded to the protests.
ZANU PF youths and the armed forces were all implicated in the violent crackdown against the protestors.