SENIOR STAFF WRITER
SECURITY forces are united and will come in full force to crush any insurrection, Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe said yesterday as he warned organisers of tomorrow’s anti-corruption demonstration.
“Experience has shown that demonstrations organised by the opposition and their western handlers have consistently and by design degenerated into violence, thereby resulting in the loss of life and injury to people, destruction of and or damage of property among other ills.“The July 31 planned insurrection, masquerading under misleading hashtag themes such as #July 31 #people power, #shutdown Zimbabwe, #corruption must go are in actual fact an attempt to reverse the outcome of the 31 July 2018 harmonised elections as shown by the real main hashtags in use #Zanupfmustgo and #EDmustfall,” he said.
“If you look at all the hashtags that are there on Twitter and Facebook, they are all saying #ZanuPFmustgo and #EDmustfall. There is no election that we are aware of between today and Friday. So how then does ED go? How then does Zanu PF fall? It can only be through unconstitutional means because there is no election we are aware of.
He further warned international powers against funding insurrection in the country, adding that they would face the consequences of their actions.
“Reading from the Serbian canvas authored regime change script, the MDC Alliance is busy studying other case studies where street violence has been deployed against governments around the world with a view to mimic the same in Zimbabwe. Let them be warned that Zimbabwe is not those countries.“Government is primed to prevail over any entity or individual that threatens its constitutional mandate of protecting the will and security of the people. Government is also aware of those funding these nefarious activities and they must not cry when consequences visit them,” Kazembe said.
The minister added that the protests had nothing to do with fighting corruption, saying that if the MDC Alliance was sincere about fighting graft it would start by addressing the scourge in the opposition-led municipalities.“Mnangagwa has shown that he is committed to dealing with corruption. When he took office he made it clear that there was going to be zero tolerance of corruption. Of late we have seen a lot of high profile people being arrested and being taken to court including the police.