Zim opposition parties vow to make country 'ungovernable'
07 January 2016, 14:38
Harare - Zimbabwe opposition parties have vowed to make the country ungovernable, saying they plan to intensify demonstrations in the southern African country, reports said on Thursday.
According to New Zimbabwe, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Spokesperson, Jacob Mafume warned that riots like those of teachers and those of commuter transport operators south east of the country would characterise 2016.
Zimbabwe's riot police unleashed brutal force against teachers in Harare on Monday, as they protested against the delayed payment of government workers.
Reports said dozen of teachers were injured, while three union leaders were arrested after staging what the police described as an "illegal" demonstration.
"2016 is going to be the worst year than 2015 in terms of administration of the country’s politics and this (clashes) is the beginning of lawlessness which will lead to the killing of each other," Mafume was quoted saying.
According to the privately owned NewsDay newspaper, taxi operators on Wednesday protested a $100 fee that had been imposed by Chitungwiza authorities when reportedly hired Zanu-PF youth stormed the town’s council offices and started pelting stones at the them.
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The report claimed that several taxis and houses were damaged when chaos broke in the small town, about 30km outside of the capital Harare.
Following the demonstrations, the country’s first opposition MDC-T expressed outrage, describing President Robert Mugabe's regime as a 'de facto' terrorist organisation.
The MDC's spokesperson Obert Gutu said the clampdown on the protesters was a clear indication that Mugabe was no longer fit to run the country.