MDC scoffs at Zanu PF threats, demos to proceed

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By Anna Chibamu

ZANU PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo’s rants will not stop the MDC from staging protests against the rising cost of living and the deteriorating economic situation, the opposition party said Friday.

In a statement, MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume urged the ruling party to “concentrate on building the economy”.

Mafume’s statements were in response to Khaya Moyo’s threats issued Thursday in which the former Cabinet Minister described threats of demonstrations by MDC leader Nelson Chamisa made on Workers Day as “careless.”

“The difference between the MDC and Zanu PF is that we represent the people of Zimbabwe. We care about the challenges that the people of Zimbabwe are facing. For people who miss the point even on the definition of peace, they must comment on Zanu PF cell groups.

“Zanu PF is the least qualified to be talking about president Chamisa’s remarks. They are too complex for them. Peace refers to many other things,” said Mafume.

“We are not here to apologise for Mnangagwa, we are not his PR company. We care about the kind of life Zimbabweans are living.”

Khaya Moyo, in his statement, also revealed that the country’s security organs were looking into Chamisa’s statements with a view to probably prosecuting the opposition leader.

Chamisa urged the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) to invite international partners in the workers movement to make sure there is solidarity with citizens’ quest to bring “independence and freedom to Zimbabwe.”

But in the combative statement, Mafume told Khaya Moyo off and declared the protests will go on.

“Demonstrations will go on regardless of Zanu PF feelings. The threats about some intelligence report do not concern us, as we are not criminals but the biggest political party and voice of reason in Zimbabwe.

“A demonstration cannot be characterised as mayhem and anarchy. It’s a constitutionally guaranteed right, voted for by millions of Zimbabweans who knew that there will be failures like (President Emmerson) Mnangagwa and Zanu PF, who therefore needed a mechanism to be held accountable,” he said.

“On the economy, the failing economy shows that the people are in trouble and demonstrations are overdue. What is claimed to be solutions are reactions which will only create worse challenges.”

Chamisa’s statements seemed to resonate with the ZCTU’s threat that if the crisis in the country is not resolved, the labour federation may be forced to consult its membership and citizens for mass action.