Govt Using COVID-19 To Suppress People’s Freedom Of Expression Rights – Opposition Leaders

The opposition has with one voice voiced their opinion about the government’s decision to impose stiffer lockdown restrictions and a curfew aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 after positive cases surged in the last few weeks, the Daily News reports.

MDC Alliance vice president, Tendai Biti is one of the leaders who spoke against the second lockdown and said:

The new lockdown directive has nothing to do with the Covid-19 pandemic. It is about paranoia and authoritarian consolidation. We will resist the de facto declaration of state of emergency. We will resist the curtailment of our rights.

Former Zanu Pf Youth leader and FEE leader Godfrey Tsenengamu also questioned the timing of the new lockdown and said:

Is it a coincidence that since the day we gave notice of our intention to act against corruption, then suddenly Covid-19 cases began to rise?

I posted on my Facebook account more than a week ago that they (authorities) were planning to raise Covid-19 figures in order to block the protests, and that’s exactly what they did.

It’s not about Covid-19, but … them panicking about the protests,” the plucky Tsenengamu told the Daily News yesterday. The 31st of July is a do or die day for all of us who want nothing but to see a prosperous and corrupt-free Zimbabwe.

We are ready to pay the ultimate price for standing against the corrupt and all the looters. They have attacked our homes and harassed our families. They are hunting us day and night … in a bid to derail the 31st.

Another opposition leader, Tajamuka/Sesijikile’s Promise Mkwananzi also said:

The whole lockdown is a political scam meant to scuttle people’s demands for answers on corruption allegations that lead to Mnangagwa’s doorsteps.

How do you lock down people without giving them any means of survival? Other countries released emergency funds and provided people with essential supplies.

July 31 protests should proceed. We demand answers. We demand accountability from these corrupt officials.

Speculation is rife that the government only imposed the lockdown as a way to stop masses from protesting in the 31 July planned protests being championed by Jacob Ngarivhume who is currently in custody till 14 August after he was arrested and charged with enticing public violence.

More: Daily News 

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