MDC dismisses terrorism allegations

HARARE - The Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC has dismissed claims by State media that the party is training youth “terror squads” to fight for regime change in Zimbabwe.

The party’s spokesperson, Obert Gutu, said over the years, the MDC has been a victim of relentless and sustained State-sponsored “violence, thuggery and banditry”.

“The fact of the matter is that the MDC is not training any terror squads allegedly to destabilise Zimbabwe. For the record, the MDC is a lawful and peace-loving social democratic political party.”

Gutu said Zanu PF is the one which is used to unleashing “wanton violence” and brutal force on peaceful demonstrators.

“Zimbabweans still vividly remember how . . . Tsvangirai and other top opposition politicians were brutally assaulted by some rogue police officers and CIO agents in Harare in March 2007. So thuggish and brutal was the assault that it eventually forced Sadc to urgently intervene in order to resolve the Zimbabwean political crisis and impasse,” he said.

“ . . . Mugabe recently said that there shall be no Arab Spring in Zimbabwe. We totally agree with him. It is not the intention of the MDC and its leader . . . Tsvangirai to violently and unconstitutionally overthrow the Zanu PF regime.” Last Friday, the police defied a court order clearing a protest by 13 opposition parties, which had been granted by Justice Hlekani Mwayera.

“In flagrant violation and disobedience of Justice Mwayera’s court order, the Zimbabwe Republic Police, once again, unleashed wanton violence and thuggery on peaceful demonstrators,” Gutu said.

“This clearly proves and shows that the Zanu PF regime has gone rogue and that they are even prepared to disregard and disobey lawful court orders,” he said.

“The MDC would like to call upon the Zanu PF — controlled media to immediately desist from peddling lies and falsehoods that are wickedly meant to portray the MDC as a violent, terrorist organisation.”

Comments (1)

terrorism is a serious sign of violence and it undermines the concept of democracy but peaceful demonstrations like what was done by martin lutherking in america fighting for blacks on human rights

peace keeper - 30 August 2016

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