MASVINGO— Zanu PF provincial commissar here has warned that the planned demonstrations by MDC Alliance against the worsening economic challenges will not go unmatched as they will mobilise their people to go and counter the demonstrations in the capital.
Masvingo provincial political commissar Jevas Masosota, who was standing in for minister of State for Provincial Affairs Ezra Chadzamira at the victory celebrations in Zaka East last weekend, said that the party will not let MDC Alliance throw the country into anarchy.
MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has promised to lead massive protests soon after the party’s congress, utterances which have put the security forces on high alert.
“Chamisa must not mislead his people. We have gone into an election and he lost fair and square. We cannot be stuck into an election mode forever.
“We have moved on and President Mnangagwa is now pushing for development and Chamisa wants to derail progress. We will not let him cause chaos in the country.
“We will mobilise our people and meet Chamisa in the streets. He should not take our silence as cowardice. We will square off with them in the streets and see who will be running at the end of the day,” said Masosota.
Masosota said if Chamisa wants to be heard he should join the Political Actors Dialogue (Polad) which was launched by President Mnangagwa last week.
“Chamisa should not think that he is special in any way. He is just like the rest of the losers who lost in the elections. Other losers who have the people at heart have joined the dialogue so that they can have an input on national development.
“Chamisa should do the same and join the dialogue not to mobilise people to go into the streets,” said Masosota.
Chamisa told thousands of his party supporters at a rally in Chiredzi last weekend that there is a deepening crisis in the country and they will take to the streets in a peaceful manner to register their displeasure.
“We have a crisis in Zimbabwe. A dark cloud is hanging. Sadc and AU should come and intervene. We know Zanu PF will start beating people when it is cornered. We want the Sadc and AU to facilitate dialogue so that we avert the spilling of blood.
“I am saying this because I know when people start demonstrating they will be beaten, it’s not fair. If Sadc and AU fail, we have ourselves and we will stand up as Zimbabweans and defend democracy,” said Chamisa.