Zimbabweans from across the political divide have condemned the planned demonstrations by the opposition MDC saying they are aimed at destabilising the current peaceful environment which is key to turning around the economic fortunes of the country by 2030.
Zanu PF Youth League Secretary for Administration, Cde Tendai Chirau urged youths to continue with their day-to-day activities and shun violence saying small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are the major economic drivers in Zimbabwe since they contribute significantly to the country’s gross domestic product.
It is in light of this that the planned demonstrations by the opposition will be a major blow to the economy.
Mbare Councillor Martin Matinyanya said it will be business as usual this Friday (tomorrow) and people should continue with their daily businesses.
SMEs who spoke to ZBC News said they will not be part of the planned demonstrations as they will have a negative impact on their business operations.
The government has prioritised SMEs given their contribution to the gross domestic product and the country’s economic turnaround efforts.
Elsewhere, the Victoria Falls community says the resort town which is known as the face of the country’s tourism will not participate in demonstrations being called for by the opposition MDC, highlighting the need for all progressive citizens to value the peaceful environment prevailing in the country.
Zimbabwe has been reminded of the need to preserve the prevailing peace to attract more traffic and investment in the hospitality industry.
Victoria Falls Combined Residents Association chairperson Mr Morgen Dube said as a progressive community, the resort town denounces irresponsible calls for demonstrations and support efforts towards dialogue.
“We do not see any benefit of engaging in demonstrations and as a town we are against such protests,” said Mr Dube.
Employers Association for Tourism and Safari Operators president Clement Mukwasi believes efforts must be directed at promoting co-existence and sustaining the rebound of the tourism sector.
“We have a duty as a country to sustain the rebound that we have experienced in the tourism sector,” he said.
According to the Victoria Falls community, the recent surge in tourist arrivals and investments is clear testimony that the country’s economy is set for recovery hence the need for collective efforts in building upon successes made on the monetary and fiscal front.
Gweru residents also join the nation in saying no to demonstrations.
The Gweru Vendors Association and Residents of the Midlands provincial capital have criticised the planned demonstrations by the opposition MDC, describing the move as retrogressive.
Residents of Gweru have poured cold water on the demonstrations lined up by the opposition MDC saying they remain focused on nation building.
Chairman of Gweru Vendors Association, Mr Nelson Kugedera said members of his organisation will not participate in the demonstrations as they are a waste of productive time.
“What these people are planning is a total waste of time. These people expect the President to do magic in turning around the fortunes of the country. Surely if people are aggrieved they should direct their anger towards greedy business people who are making people’s lives difficult. We are clear and we are saying no to these demonstrations,” said Mr Kugedera.
The Nelson Chamisa led MDC has been in denial ever since the opposition leader’s presidential election loss which saw them organising violent demonstrations resulting in innocent people losing property and other valuables.