'Zanu PF ignorant of new Constitution'

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has accused President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF of displaying embarrassing ignorance of Zimbabwe’s new Constitution by attempting to outlaw mass action.

This comes after Zanu PF called for the arrest of Tsvangirai, saying he wants to incite a rebellion against their leader.

Zanu PF was reacting to remarks made by Tsvangirai at a rally in Zhombe on Saturday, where the former prime minister said the country, whose economy is on a downward spiral, cannot be held captive by one man.

Rugare Gumbo, Zanu PF spokesperson, said Tsvangirai should be arrested for inciting mass action.

MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said in terms of Section 59 of the new Constitution of Zimbabwe, every person has the right to demonstrate and present petitions as long as this is done peacefully.

Tsvangirai told the Zhombe rally that the country cannot be held captive by one man.

“We know that people are facing problems but Mugabe does not care,” Tsvangirai said as he pointed to company closures and subsequent employment losses.

“We will soon be mobilising Zimbabweans to take action. Zimbabweans cannot be held hostage by one man.”

Mwonzora said the behaviour of the government clearly justifies Zimbabweans staging mass demonstrations “against this clearly irresponsible government.”

“Therefore the MDC is within the law in calling for mass action against the government,” he said. “Any attempts by Zanu PF to harass president Tsvangirai are an act of foolish bravery.”

Gumbo said Tsvangirai should be arrested for inciting mass action.

“He made subversive statements and the law must take its course,” Gumbo told the Daily News. “I am sure the police are aware of this and they will bring him to book. We cannot allow anarchy in the country. Anyone who makes subversive statements should be punished.”

Mwonzora said the MDC will soon be calling upon the people of Zimbabwe to stage mass demonstrations against the government if it continues violating the rights of the Zimbabwean people.

“It will not be intimidated by Zanu PF into abandoning the people’s cause,” Mwonzora said. “In line with the MDC philosophy, these demonstrations will be peaceful.

“We see it strange that Zanu PF should be calling for president Tsvangirai to be arrested for saying things that the law permits. Maybe Rugare Gumbo should ask Paul Mangwana to give him free lessons in constitutional law.”

Comments (6)

True or False ? - that ZPF is ignorant of the Constitution

Mukanya - 2 April 2014

ZanuPF and MDCs “agreed” and endorsed a Constitution which they interpret differently! What a fine mess!

Musona - 2 April 2014

Cde Gumbo, how many other things are the police aware of and yet they're doing nothing about it. Freedom of expression is in the new constitution, therefore if people feel they need to express their freedom by mass action, they'll be doing so within the law. Leave Dr Tsvangirai alone and sort out the mess that's about to incite us to go on this mass action.

Dr Know - 2 April 2014

MDCT and daily news should take time to read the constitution they urged Zimbabweans to vote for in 2013 referendum. Calling for unconstitutional removal of gvt or head of state is illegal. Yes Demos are allowed but ZANU is saying Tsvangirayi has broken the law by CALLING FOR unconstitutional means to remove gvt. Makes me wonder if Tsvangiray&Co actually read the Constitution before urging Zimbos to support it or he thought "hazvina basa" tichawhina in July 2013 anyway!!!

Wezhira Wezhara - 2 April 2014

gumbo its not morgan who will make us go on the streets its your way of ruling. by the way gumbo we the people are already on the streets and your sleeply intelligency cant see that. open your eyes.

see - 2 April 2014

@Wezhira Wezhara I also urge you to read and understand the constitution, Chematama has done nothing wrong and there is no evidence that he is plotting an unconstitutional removal of the government.. It appears iwe na Gumbo attended the same night school.

matombo - 2 April 2014

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