The government has strongly warned local civic society organisations that have colluded with some foreign regime change agents to cause chaos in the country.

The government’s warning comes after 27 people from some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) held a meeting yesterday (Friday,  11 January 2019) at number 10 Longden Road in Belvedere and agreed to use all dirty tactics and intimidation of citizens to coerce them to join a proposed shut down that is aimed at toppling the elected government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The meeting was held between 0900 hours and 1500 hours, by 27 people from various pressure groups and civil societies under the umbrella organisation Zimbabwe Civil Society Convergence (ZCSC).

The 27 people were drawn from #tajamuka, #occupyafricaunitysquare, #thisflag, ZCTU, General Consensus, Citizen Manifesto and Concerned Agenda.

Their agenda was not to better the lives of Zimbabweans as they claim but to turn the country into hell through a so called shut down scheduled for the 23rd to the 26th of January 2019.

The 27 member group agreed to take treasonous steps that include unseating the elected government of President Mnangagwa through threats to the general public, motorists, service stations and others with Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition coordinator Rashid Mahiya openly declaring the time is ripe for a national shut down to take place.

The meeting also agreed that ZCSC will use the name Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition to operationalise its activities and the secretariat has already made an application to some funders in Germany and the United States.

The government has, however, responded with the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Mr Nick Mangwana saying the government will not fold hands and watch as people engage in such illegal and treasonous acts.

In a statement, Mr Mangwana said should such treasonous acts happen, “the state through the government of the day is mandated to step in with appropriate firmness, and on the strength of a mix of lawful instruments at its disposal to protect and restore law and order in the republic for the benefit of the ordinary citizen”.

Mr Mangwana notes, “it has become obvious that there is a deliberate plan to undermine and challenge the prevailing constitutional order born out of the 2018, July 30 harmonised elections which were democratic, free and fair and which were subsequently upheld by the highest court of the land. This brazenly unconstitutional plan which has sought financial support from some regime change organisations based in America and Germany among other countries represents a serious threat to our consolidating democracy, to the rule of law in our country and to the authority of government and state”.

The Information Ministry’s Permanent Secretary said while sections 58 and 59 of the country’s Constitution grant freedom of assembly and association and the right to demonstrate and petition, these rights do not sanction the subversion of the constitutional order and the rule of law.

“The Constitution also does not condone any activities designed and calculated to impede the rights of other citizens who are also entitled to a normal, safe, secure and productive daily life,” he said.

Evidence on the ground point to a foreign hand bent on aiding an illegal regime change and the government spokesperson notes, “the government will not hesitate to take action against such persons by withdrawing their visas, deporting them and declaring them persona non grata. Government thus wishes to make it known to all those conspiring to subvert peace, law and order in the country that it will respond appropriately. Both these unlawful meetings and treasonous liaisons with foreign organisations must stop forthwith”.

The government said it recognises the role and place of the opposition in politics but will not accept a situation where opposition comes disguised as NGOs to sponsor civil unrest and subvert the will of the people.

Government has also reminded trade union leaders that the cause of the worker can never be advanced through subversive political activities.

The latest shenanigans by some NGOs, pressure groups and civil society organisations have triggered questions as to whether the current challenges bedevilling the economy are not clear acts of sabotage.

Since President Mnangagwa clobbered MDC Alliance leader Advocate Nelson Chamisa by over 400 000 votes in the July 30, 2018 harmonised elections, his party has tried to use every trick in the book to change the will of the people.

The opposition politicians have also gone to bed with pressure groups, trade unions, pressure groups and some civic groups and NGOs planning to topple an elected government.

 

Read full statement here:

PRESS STATEMENT BY GOVERNMENT OF ZIMBABWE