Govt repression inspiring us: Protesters

HARARE - Defiant anti-President Robert Mugabe activists said government’s increased repression and brutality has strengthened their resolve to protest against Zanu PF’s leadership.

Speaking to the Daily News on Monday, fearless activist, Sten Zvorwadza — who has been brutally attacked by police countless times — said the arrests, harassment and the protests ban by the law enforcers were giving them “more energy to fight”.

“Ironically, these arrests are creating . . . more determined freedom fighters. At this stage, nothing can stop us from demanding what belongs to us,” he said.

“The arrests and intimidations clearly show how the government is desperate to intimidate an already frustrated citizenry,” Zvorwadza said, adding that “this rogue fascist government has run out of ideas by trying to thwart hungry people from demonstrating”.

The vendors’ leader said “Zanu PF will be history soon,” and citizens must prepare for a “new Zimbabwe”.

“In a new Zimbabwe, all perpetrators of crimes against humanity will face the music. That chapter will surely come.  Using guns in a war zone against the colonial regime was justified but using guns against hungry defenceless and peaceful protesters is total madness,” Zvorwadza said.

“Newbert Saunyama (officer commanding Harare province who issued the demonstrations ban) should first consult experts before releasing guns against peaceful protesters. The world is watching. The government of Zimbabwe fights its citizens as if it is fighting an enemy,” he added.

MDC youth leader — also an organising committee member of the vociferous Tajamuka/Sesjikile pressure group — Happymore Chidziva said Mugabe’s brutal response will make a reaction from all Zimbabweans inevitable.

“The continued ruthless, cruel, harsh and unrelenting attacks by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) on defenceless citizens, especially women, shows how far Mugabe is anti-people  and  geared to preside over more misery of Zimbabweans,” he said.

“We are in a clearly unfortunate position of having a heartless, callous and narcissistic man who uses the title of president of a country to brutalise the very people he is supposed to look after,” he said, adding that “Mugabe once boasted of having degrees in violence.

“He has consistently demonstrated that he will stop at nothing to keep himself  . . . in power”.

Chidziva said Mugabe’s government does not want to lend the long-suffering Zimbabweans an ear, but they were going to up pressure so that the 92-year-old leader gives in to their demands.

“Does Mugabe think that brutalising hungry Zimbabweans will silence them?  Does he believe that arrests and abductions will somehow make food appear in the homes of families who have suffered for so long?” he questioned.

“We believe that Mugabe has failed and failed dismally. He now sends hooligans in uniforms to stop people from demanding what is rightfully theirs. We cannot let this go unchallenged.

“The police officers who tortured those ladies must be arrested and failure to do so, the ZRP must be disbanded because it’s a militia grouping tarnishing the image of Zimbabwe.”

Chidziva added that the government must provide jobs, ensure availability of proper healthcare, pay salaries on time, stop the sickening factionalism in his party and eradicate corruption.

“What the citizens of Zimbabwe have been asking from his government is quite simple; that is to use the office that he occupies to run the country properly. Since he has failed to do that, the citizens have taken to the streets to remind him of his duties,” he said.

“What is the response to that? Sticks and batons on their backs, abductions and beatings in the middle of the night, malicious and politically-motivated judgments and an escalated sense of fear among citizens. The people now live in constant fear of their government.”

“We remain convinced that the solution to these problems is Mugabe’s immediate and unconditional departure. He must go now. He is a colossal failure and the sooner we get rid of him, the better,” Chidziva said.

Comments (3)

Thank you Stendrick! We are waiting to rejoice the demise of this callous, murderous so-called government and the death of its so-called leaders. I'm sure the doors of hell are wide open for them.

Sagitarr - 23 September 2016

I remember Smith saying "not in a million years will Rhodesia (then) be ruled by blacks, zvaive zviroto nhai. That is the same way they are going vasingazvifunguri. Ndinopika nevakafa

olga - 23 September 2016

We should strive to take pictorial note of police thugs and all who enthusiastically enforce these brutal orders from Mugabe. We will have a way to expose those in disguise like "truth", score them out after we win independence and deal with them. Fortunately, most of them are known already.

Yeoman Thomas - 24 September 2016

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