Mugabe's Zanu-PF a 'de facto terrorist organisation'
06 January 2016, 17:13
Harare – Zimbabwean opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has described President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party as a 'de facto' terrorist organisation following a brutal and ruthless clamp down on demonstrating civil servants in Harare on Monday by riot police.
In a statement, MDC party spokesperson Obert Gutu said the clampdown on the protesters was a clear indication that Mugabe was no longer fit to run the country, thus the use of brutal force to enforce his will.
Riot police unleashed brutal force against teachers in Harare on Monday, as they protested against the delayed payment of government workers.
Reports said that a dozen of teachers were injured, while three union leaders were arrested after staging what the police described as an "illegal" demonstration.
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The protesters carried placards denouncing Mugabe’s regime for mismanagement.
Gutu claimed that the Zanu-PF led government violated the country’s constitution by refusing its citizens the right to demonstrate peacefully.
"...The MDC unreservedly condemns the high – handed and unlawful action by the Police in violently crushing a peaceful demonstration. It is apparent that the Zanu-PF regime is afraid of the people of Zimbabwe...," Gutu said.
He further called on all parliamentarians from across the country’s political divide to unite in impeaching Mugabe who is currently holidaying in the Far East with his family - leaving the country "at a time when more than 90% of the population is living rough".
"The old man is now clearly out of his wits and he is no longer fit for purpose. He doesn’t deserve to continue exercising the duties and functions of our State president. We call upon Mugabe to call it a day and retreat to Gushungo Estates in Mazowe where he can spend time admiring his huge herd of dairy cows," Gutu said.
According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, the demonstrations on Monday were incited by MDC in its bid to destabilise the the southern African country.
- News 24