Government has warned MDC hooligans, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and some diplomats who are supporting unsanctioned demonstrations that law enforcement agencies are ready to deal with anyone found on the wrong side of the law.
Barely a week after the police banned MDC planned demonstrations in Harare, Bulawayo and other cities, the opposition and its surrogates have once again came under the spotlight after notifying the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) of its intention to hold more protests from the 29th to 31st of this month.
The Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Ambassador Cain Mathema has, however, issued a stern warning to MDC hooligans saying law enforcement agencies are on high alert to deal with anyone found on the wrong side of the law.
“We are ready for them, we cannot have those who claim to be the opposition holding government and its citizens at ransom. While it is their right to demonstrate, we cannot allow our people’s rights to be violated by these so-called protesters,” warned Ambassador Mathema.
The minister dismissed the so-called abduction of activists as a stage-managed ploy by the MDC who are desperate for international attention.
“We are fully aware of their ploy to stage-manage abductions. People should and can no longer be fooled by such nonsensical move, as the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, i can assure the nation that government will continue to ensure peace and tranquillity prevails,” he said.
Ambassador Mathema, who is also the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, had no kind words for NGOs and some diplomats who are reportedly working in cahoots with MDC to affect regime change in the country.
“I want to warn those NGOs that government will not hesitate to withdraw their licenses if they are found wanting, the same to some diplomats who are found interfering with the internal affairs of our country will be dealt with accordingly,” he said.
Observers feel the desperate attempts by the opposition MDC to incite people to rebel against the government have since lost steam and relevance as all progressive Zimbabweans can longer afford to risk their lives for the sake of power hungry opposition political figures.