MDC Bulawayo branch applies for Monday demo

MDC Bulawayo branch applies for Monday demo
Published: 14 August 2019 (124 Views)
THE MDC's Bulawayo province has applied for permission from the Zimbabwe Republic Police here to hold a street demonstration next Monday. 

This comes as President Emmerson Mnangagwa has pleaded with the masses to be more patient as his government seeks to turn around the country's sickly economy.

On the other hand, MDC president Nelson Chamisa is cranking up the heat on Mnangagwa calling for protests set for Harare this Friday, with the party's Bulawayo executive also setting aside Monday for similar protests.

MDC Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Swithern Chirowodza confirmed the new development.

"We have made a notification to the police. Our peaceful demonstration will go ahead on August 19, 2019.

"It's not up to them to give us the go-ahead. Theirs is to acknowledge receipt of our notification and to provide security to protesters.

"They have no right to interfere with our rights. We are yet to sit and draw up a route for the march," Chirowodza said.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube was not reachable for a comment yesterday. The State security agents have lately been on high alert as they fear a repeat of the January fuel protests which brought the country to its knees.

Police here have also introduced new counter measures where they move around the city advising residents to ignore calls for protests.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD) has called on Mnangagwa and opposition leader Chamisa to find common ground and dialogue to avoid the country sliding into anarchy.

"The church leaders also reflected on the growing tensions and threats of violence following the call for mass demonstration on the 16th of August 2019 by the MDC.

The church leaders are deeply worried by the invocation in some quarters of the violence of August 2018 and January 2019 to sow fear and deepen political polarisation amongst our people," the ZHOCD said in a statement.

"To this end, church leaders do hereby exhort His Excellency, Mnangagwa and the leader of the MDC (Advocate Nelson) Chamisa to explore the possibility of accelerating much needed dialogue in this time of deepening national division and despair.

"The church leaders reiterated their call for an inclusive comprehensive national dialogue to help the people of Zimbabwe heal from past hurts, address urgently pressing national challenges and re-imagine a shared future of a united, just, peaceful and prosperous Zimbabwe."

- dailynews

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