FULL TEXT: ZANU-PF strongly warns Chamisa over planned “senseless” demos
THE ruling ZANU-PF party has issued a stern warning to MDC leader Nelson Chamisa over his statements at the Workers’ Day commemorations held at Dzivarasekwa Stadium on Wednesday, saying any “senseless and misguided” protests will be squashed.
Addressing workers who gathered for the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)-organised Workers’ Day celebrations, Chamisa said: “We don’t need any money from the British. Our coordinator is poverty; our mobiliser is poverty. ZCTU is organising people; MDC is mobilising people, civil society is coordinating people.”
But ZANU-PF spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo, in a long statement to the media, warned that security services will be on hand to deal with any mayhem and anarchy that may arise as a result of what he called “senseless demonstrations.”
Khaya-Moyo blamed the MDC for the current state of the economy, saying the opposition party had brought sanctions which were affecting the people.
“The MDC leader Mr. Nelson Chamisa must be reminded of the fact that the economic challenges facing the country can never be solved by misguided demonstrations.
“It must be recalled that the current economic environment is a direct result of the illegal economic sanctions that were lobbied for imposition by the opposition MDC party,’ Khaya-Moyo said.
Chamisa said his planned protests will be bigger than the protests organised in mid-January by the ZCTU as a stay away against the rise in fuel prices. 17 people died, about 1000 were arrested and nearly 400 were jailed for various crimes ranging from looting shops to public violence.
Nearly 200 people were left nursing gunshot wounds following the mid-January protests.
Chamisa demanded that workers be paid in the United States dollar, adding that an MDC government would introduce an unemployment benefit fund from the country’s mineral wealth.
Read the full statement below: