MDC promises peaceful demo

MDC promises peaceful demo
Published: 13 August 2019 (90 Views)
MDC YOUTH leader Obey Sithole has assured Zimbabweans that the planned demonstration on Friday is going to be peaceful as the main opposition party has no intention of destroying the country.

This comes as the Nelson Chamisa-led party will be staging a protest this Friday to register its displeasure over the state of the economy under President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government.

Inviting all Zimbabweans to participate, Sithole said the party had already deployed various peace marshals who are going to maintain peace and order on that particular day.

"Let's bring an end to this suffering. Let's come together and march towards victory. The police have already been notified. We are a peace-loving party and violence has no home in our party processes.

"This is going to be a day when we are going to send a clear message as enshrined in our constitutional dictates. I want to assure and let you know that as a party we are Zimbabweans and we love Zimbabwe more than anything.

"There is no way we can be involved in anything that will seek to destroy the country," the youth leader said.

Sithole said Zimbabweans should use the demonstration to register their displeasure regarding high unemployment levels, poverty, corruption, power shortages and regular prices increases.

However, there are fears that the demonstration will degenerate into chaos with the ruling Zanu-PF threatening to go full force to halt the demo,

This comes amid reports that the MDC have mobilised some vagrants to embark on destruction and looting in return for goodies. The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) has however, urged MDC to implement strategies that will ensure demonstrations called for on August 16 do not erupt into violence.

"The NPRC recognises the constitutional right of persons and institutions to demonstrate and present petitions as long as these rights are exercised peacefully.

"To this end, the Commission calls upon the leadership of MDC to implore their members to exercise restraint and to put in place strategies and plans to ensure that the demonstrations do not degenerate into violent conflict," one of the commissioners Lillian Chigwedere said in a statement.

MDC spokesperson Daniel Molokele has also revealed that the opposition party will be using digital cameras during the entire march to ensure that any violence by planted elements trying to disrupt the peaceful march will be fully recorded.

"This is meant to ensure that the people's Free Zimbabwe March is not just guaranteed to be peaceful, but also to be resounding success.

"In this regard, no stone has been left unturned in strict measures to ensure that the people's ... march is going to be most the peaceful one ever witnessed in the country,"Molokele said.

- dailynews

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