4 opposition protestors detained before Sadc summit

HARARE - Four MDC youths were yesterday detained for protesting against President Robert Mugabe’s rule ahead of a summit of regional leaders.

Those arrested were part of more than 100 demonstrators.

Charity Charamba, the chief police spokesperson, said: “I do not have the details at the moment but I’m sure you were there and saw them being arrested. I will have the details later.”

The protestors were apprehended at a local hotel where leaders from the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (Sadc)  are preparing to meet on Wednesday to consider adopting an industrialisation strategy and economic roadmap for the region.

Police details in anti-riot gear clamped down on the protest.

The protestors were wielding placards denouncing the 91-year-old leader and demanding jobs.

They also demanded that Sadc leaders put the issue of xenophobic attacks in South Africa, which have claimed seven lives, on the agenda.

Obert Gutu, the MDC spokesperson, said the arrests revealed that the Zanu PF government was afraid of peaceful protests.

“This is another sign of what we have always complained about,” Gutu said. “The youths were simply saying we want the two million jobs you promised us. Thousands of jobs are being lost every month. They were protesting against the escalating political violence, for instance one of our MPs Costa Machingauta was left for dead and elderly women were beaten up in Mufakose.”

The demonstrators also protested against the disappearance of activist Itai Dzamara who was abducted  on  March 9 this year and has not been seen since.

“Here we have Sadc leaders gathering downtown where the president is Sadc chair and we are saying, ‘is this the Zimbabwe that we want?’ We also want the Sadc leaders to put the issue of xenophobia on the agenda.

“They should not trivialise the issue because these are desperate people who want jobs,” Gutu said.

Comments (4)

What wrong have the youths done by condemning evil?

MICHO HOVE - 30 April 2015

Mugabe is using the tool of intimidation because he has all govt security institutions under his control. If we as Zimbabweans do not initiate political power distribution where the people have a say in security matters, policy and democracy then Zimbabwe will be ruled Mugabe and the elites. Never you dream that you can unseat Mugabe through the ballot box or the the constitution, why?, because Mugabe is not governed by the Laws of Zimbabwe. The judiciary, the army, the police is afraid of him, they are under his control. We are looking for people who are brave to face Mugabe and demand what is ours. Its high time individuals arise who are possessed by ambuya Nehanda spirit to bring Zimbabwe back from Zvimba kingdom.

Future Ramangwana - 30 April 2015

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