While addressing a press conference yesterday, Zanu PF political commissar and Deputy Defense Minister in what might pass on as an explanation for the events that occurred last week, said the government adheres to the constitution and no government would seat still while the opposition is plotting to overthrow it, The Herald reports.
Speaking in the wake of the events that have lead to the powerful #ZimbabweanLivesMatter Movement on Twitter, Matemadanda said:
We are a constitutional republic where the law is there to protect the rights of all citizens and not only opposition political parties. In every constitution the world over, it is provided that there shall be a defence and security force whose work is clearly expressed. It is the duty of any elected government to defend and protect property. No Government will fold its hands while the opposition gangs up to overthrow it.
We have led protests ourselves, the biggest ever and we led from the front, we never sacrificed other people for our benefit. In fact, we protected our people and offered ourselves. The opposition is confused because right now they say everything went according to plan, they never wanted to get onto the streets but to cause work stoppage. Why didn’t they tell their supporters that?
To send videos while hiding in the bush is serious drama and not fighting for the people. No one goes to war and expects to win it while hiding. We know some embassies poured in money and unfortunately that money came too early and July 31 came too late to find sober minds. Their puppets were too drunk and had hangovers that would not allow them to demonstrate under sunny conditions.
Matemadada’s remarks to Job Sikhala who would send videos while in hiding and foreign embassies he said were sponsoring the demonstrations came a few short days after Zanu PF Spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa attacked the American Ambassador and called him a thug before threatening to expel him.
Last week the government prohibited demonstrations, used state security forces to thwart any demonstration plans and threatened to descend heavily on protestors and arrested and assaulted some who were protesting.
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