'Protests unstoppable now'

HARARE - Zimbabwe's rulers cannot stop mass protests even if they arrest the leaders because the movement has gathered too much momentum,  protest group #Tajamuka/Sesijikile has said.

The social media movement said after a stakeholders meeting held in Harare this week, that demonstrations against government were unstoppable.

“Any attempts to conduct a witch hunt for #Tajamuka/Sesijikile leadership would be futile because you will arrest everyone except the corrupt politicians in Zanu PF and government whose stomachs thrive on the suffering of ordinary Zimbabweans that they steal from on a daily basis,” the protest group said in a statement.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the arrest and detention of Tajamukas/Sesijikiles on trumped up charges meant to criminalise a legitimate and constitutional campaign that is being held within the confines of the law.

“Noting that our jails can only contain 17 000 prisoners against 2, 2 million jobless youths, it is clear that the State’s actions are not sustainable because they will never contain all Tajamukas/Sesijikiles.”

The youth group — which comprises youths from 14 opposition parties and 44 civic organisations — said they demand an immediate return of the rule of law.

“… the State must desist from pegging punitive bail as it is meant to deprive citizens their right to justice given that the most affected are youths who are jobless and at the same time cannot access money from the banks due to the cash crisis.

“We urge State security agents to be professional and move away from serving the interests of the ruling elite at the expense of suffering Zimbabweans.”

The group also said the government was desperately trying to implicate western embassies in their failure to deliver on the promises they made to the people.

“We are also shocked that the same government which has been sponsoring violence on innocent civilians in Epworth, Mabvuku, Beitbridge, Mufakose, Chipinge and Bulawayo among other areas which has been captured in the media, unashamedly points its fingers to western governments,” the group said.

“#Tajamuka/ Sesijikile would like to reiterate that it is not and will never be an organisation, it is you and me.

“Those 2, 2 million youths who were promised jobs, hundreds of thousands displaced by operation Murambatsvina, victims of the long and short sleeve madness of 2008, families of thousands who were killed and maimed by the Zanu PF regime, millions who are sleeping on empty stomachs, thousands who are sleeping in the open at Chingwizi, thousands whose livelihoods were destroyed by the Chiadzwa looting, civil servants who are toiling everyday without being paid and failing to access their salaries and many other Zimbabweans whose hopes and aspirations have been dashed by the corrupt government are #Tajamuka/Sesijikile.”

Comments (1)

The progressive forces executing the endgame are unstoppable. ZANU PF thugs need to know this, the earlier the better. We are prepared for the hardest situations. We want to free ourselves from the chains of oppression.

Zvichapera - 13 July 2016

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