MOVEMENT for Democratic Change (MDC) has said it will not back down despite the developments that government has declared a ‘de facto state of emergency’ against the people of Zimbabwe by continuously banning the planned anti government protests around the country.
Speaking to this publication MDC Vice President Tendai Biti said the party would carry out their planned protests scheduled for Tuesday in Gweru and other cities claiming it was no longer business as usual.
“People of Zimbabwe will not stop until they are given their stolen vote and it’s going to be a long winter of disquiet and discontent,” said Biti
“What they are doing is being seen by the international community and we will make sure this regime is exposed.”
However political analyst Eldred Masunungure said what happened in Bulawayo and Harare was a sign that the party is not going to be given an opportunity to express themselves therefore there is need of a new plan.
“It’s time they go back to the drawing board and recalibrate their plan to register discontent because the protests route is being clamped down by the state and its branches,” said Masunungure
He said due to the thirst of their supporters and followers, MDC can choose to defy the Court orders and continue with demonstrations although there are serious consequences to it.
“If they choose to defy the court order and continue with protest there are serious consequences among them mass arrests of the leaders, bloodbath and destruction of property but the state has enough resources for such situations and MDC leadership does not want that.”
He further said the violence and unrest is too risky and consequential therefore MDC needs to recalibrate and move away from public protests and stay aways.
“Let’s not forget that the most successful thing about Friday was the shutdown of Harare although this was not the intended outcome MDC is now counting on it, so a stay away will be their only option”
“A stay away would be the most feasible option as we calibrate the level of risk as it is not inclined to spilling of blood and I tell you it has worked in Zimbabwe for more than 15 years now.”
Masunungure however condemned the government for continuously banning the protest during the time the government is desperately looking for re- engagement with the rest of the world.
“The police brutality and protest ban is a dark stain on the reengagement crusade and there is no doubt their image is now tainted”
The international community particularly the European Union, the United Nations and United States of America (USA) are urging the government to respect the people’s rights and engage with the people on their grievances.