The government has urged Manicaland residents to avoid streets protests called for by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) for this Thursday.
Speaking to reporters in Mutare on Wednesday, Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister Ellen Gwaradzimba told residents that the government is implementing several projects to improve their lives. She said:
I am appealing to the people of Manicaland to remain calm, composed, and disciplined in the face of loud calls by the MDC-A and their sponsors to go into the streets and demonstrate against the democratically elected Government.
The province is already implementing the plans to address the hardships caused by the Cyclone Idai disaster and is currently undertaking the reconstruction of permanent road works and bridges including other big developmental projects such as Sakubva Urban Renewal, Gemmology Centre, road network construction, irrigation development, to mention just a few.
These projects have already been approved by the Government.
The move dovetails with similar bans imposed against the MDC’s planned demonstrations in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru and Masvingo.