Zanu PF acting Information Secretary, Patrick Chinamasa described the aborted party’s protest at the United States Embassy against the brutal killing of George Floyd as unnecessary at the time of fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
The march had been organised by the party’s Political Commissar Victor Matemadanda. In a statement released Wednesday night, Chinamasa said:
Zanu PF wishes to announce that the purported event organised by the office of the Party’s National Political Commissar Cde Victor Matemadanda to petition the US Embassy following the brutal killing of George Floyd has been aborted.
This is in line with the President and government directive for all Zimbabweans to abide by the national lockdown regulations in so far as the country is fighting to contain the spread of Covid19 pandemic. Needless political gatherings are, therefore, contrary to this directive and the nation must stand guided.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police had already blocked the demonstration and notified the party through a letter which observed that “gatherings of whatever purpose, are prohibited during this period save for those exempted in the statutory instrument.”
Observers had criticised the party’s purported event saying it should be demonstrating against rampant human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.
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