The government says it will not hesitate to deal with perpetrators of violence aimed at destabilising the country following utterances made by MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa in Gweru.

Addressing party delegates at their congress in Gweru yesterday (Saturday), Chamisa suggested that there will be bloodshed in the country soon after his party’s congress.

In response, the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Cde Cain Mathema said the government will not allow chaos in the country and will always be ready to enforce the law and deal with all those bent on destabilising the country.

“Government has noted and treats with seriousness threats by MDC Alliance and its leader, Mr Nelson Chamisa that ‘as soon as the MDC Alliance congress ends, it would be war.’ This inciteful language clearly conveying an intention to breach national peace through public violence, disorder, looting and destruction of property deserves unqualified condemnation by all peace-loving Zimbabweans and unequivocal censure by genuine democrats and friends of Zimbabwe. Such reckless threats made against any constitutional order in any part of the world require and invite a vigorous response from any responsible government. Governments are there to maintain peace and to ensure that citizens claim and exercise their rights, while at the same time discharging and fulfilling their obligations fully regardless of individual status, motivation, cause or party affiliation,” said Cde Mathema.

Nelson Chamisa yesterday said his party’s elective congress is a platform for him to assemble a team that will force government to an early election using as yet unspecified means despite the fact that the next general elections are only due in 2023, according to the country’s constitution.

The utterances once again confirmed that Chamisa still refuses to accept his defeat in the 2018 harmonised elections and the validation of the poll outcome by the country’s Constitutional Court.

The MDC Congress also saw Chief Khayisa Ndiweni of Ntabazinduna turning political activist as he took a dig at the current administration, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and contemptuously directed his anger to the Constitutional Court for its judgement on the 2018 harmonised elections.