Police, MDC youths face-off over jobs

HARARE - Tensions ran high yesterday in Harare’s central business district as police and MDC youths faced off.
The standoff caused traffic jams.

MDC youths were marking the 1st anniversary since last year’s disputed general elections by demanding 2 million jobs.

Police brought in water cannons, guns and baton sticks to ward off the militant youths, who were spoiling for a fight.

The youths sang derogatorily, sparing no one, including President Robert Mugabe, as they waved their hands, demanding that the Zanu PF government deliver the 2 million jobs it promised ahead of the elections.

In the run-up to last year’s elections, Zanu PF campaigned on a jobs platform, but the MDC youths claim the party has failed to deliver.

Although Mugabe promised to create 2 million jobs and a $2-trillion economy by 2018, the country is bleeding almost across all sectors — hospitals have no drugs and thousands of children are dropping out of school and the country is faced with de-industrialisation.

Singing MDC youths decked in the party’s red colours marched in front of the law enforcement agents, who had cordoned off Nelson Madela Avenue on both sides of Harvest House — the MDC headquarters.

Emotions reached fever pitch as the youths tried to break the police guard, albeit with little success, with anti-riot police standing their ground.

MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai, who was supposed to address the ad hoc rally, did not turn up but that did not dampen the festive atmosphere. The youths sang, cried, and danced, attracting the attention of shoppers.

Costa Machingauta, the MDC acting youth president, told the gathering to disregard the baton-wielding police.

“These are our police and we are grateful that they came here to protect us,” Machingauta said. “What we want are jobs for the youths, we want action. Where are the jobs that were promised?”

Speaker after speaker spoke about jobs, with the youths wielding banners demanding jobs.

Comments (11)

These youths demonstrated for everyone regardless of political affiliation.Without jobs,we all suffer.The police have a duty to protect every citizen.It is good the demonstration was largely peaceful. NO VIOLENCE!!!

CHENGAOSE - 1 August 2014

....& so the journey to revolution and freedom begins!

Changmire Dombo - 1 August 2014

Mugoti ma jobs seyi imi vanhu vane nungo - endayi munorima kumusha. Maigo vhotera MDC-T seyi masimba aine Zanupf? Muchadya izvozvo.

Yona - 1 August 2014

yona-tikwanire unogoti muchadya izvozvo sekunge ve ZANU vakaawana mabasa sei ?ivo varivovarikutonyanya kukwangwaya nengozi dzevanhu vavakauraya 2008,vachivimbiswa iwaya mabasa auri kusaziva iwe dukumut*ku, TIKWANIRE IWE

Grace M - 1 August 2014

Yona kana iwe uchadya izvozvo. Nhamo iyi haisarudze.

John o - 1 August 2014

Haaa nyope idzo dzinongotengerwa Kranko dzonzi handeyi kutown vasingamboziva chavarikuenda kunoita vachingoimba . Vanoda mabasa vaito tszaka mabasa kana kuzvishandira . Havana nguva yekushandiswa . Iko kuDEMONSTRATOR KUNO PIRWA MARI HERE . ZVAVAKAZOONEKWA VAKUPIA MARI YAIVA YEI .

Mose Ruddolf ( Hitler) - 1 August 2014

Aiwazve,tinoziva maZANU youths achipiwa mascuds nembanje kuti vanouraya vanhu. Inyika ipi yaungawana vanhu vose vachitsigira musangano umwe chete?Ko ivo veZANU vacho zvavari kungozhambavo nenhamo yekushaya mabasa wani. Votomirira 2018 kuti vapiwe mabasa okutyisidzira nokuuraya zvekare zvavajaira.

MANGANGIROSI - 1 August 2014

Mabasa tomada zve. Ko igo Mugabe gunopromisa zvagusingagoni sei? Ko ivo vezanu vati vapiwa here mabasa acho zvamunoita sekuti imi munawo? Kuponda vanhu? kumirira 2018 kuzoponda vanhu mapiwa mbanje moti tapiwa 2.2mill jobs? Munenge makadhakwa imi naMr Singapoer venyu.

Tongogara - 1 August 2014

Thank you MDC Youth, speak out and face the enemy not punching your own leaders.

Peter Nhamoyebonde - 1 August 2014

mmm its nw a year afta people have been promised employment....pliz do smethng towards e promise...@ yona pfava

krats! - 2 August 2014

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