Harare – Home affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo warned protesters on Tuesday that there would be no “Arab Spring” in Zimbabwe after anti-government demonstrations culminated to some of the worst violence never seen in the country in the past two decades.
Zimbabwean police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of demonstrators at a protest against Mugabe and the ruling ZANU-PF in the capital Harare on Tuesday. Dr Chombo delivered an ominous warning to social movement groups saying that they were playing a dangerous game by staging protests against the government and would have their leaders jailed.
The government of President Robert Mugabe has been on the offensive against pro-democracy and opposition political groups who have been staging protests in a bid force it to address the deepening economic rot.
The warning came on the eve of a mega demonstration dubbed #munhuweseroad against the pending introduction of the much loathed bonds notes and to press for the much-needed electoral reforms ahead of Zimbabwe’s eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections. The demonstrations are mainly being spearheaded by #tajamuka-sesijikile and other pressure groups in the country
The minister also took a dig at National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe Chairperson Stanley Zworwadza , exiled activists Kingstone Jambawo and Rufaro Kaseke for engaging in subversive activities and advocating for the overthrow of the incumbent government. He (Chombo) accused the trio of being the brains behind the recent protest at the Zimbabwean Embassy in London and receiving funding from “western imperialists”.
Zworwadza recently traveled to the United Kingdom and was part a group of protestors that staged the demonstration at the Zimbabwean embassy.
“We also know that Stanley Zvorwadza, Rufaro Kaseke and Kingstone Jambawo who stage-managed the recent demonstrations in London are part of a western sponsored cabal, sending dirty money to the country to undermine a constitutionally elected government.” said Dr Chombo
Dr Chombo also warned locals to be wary of the so-called asylum seekers in the United Kingdom and United States of America that are at the forefront, fomenting hate messages against the Government.
The police recently issued a ban against demonstrations in central Harare as Zimbabwe’s embattled nonagenarian leader and government, struggles to contain growing civil unrest which critics blame on poor governance and rampant corruption. However High Court judge annulled the police ban when she ruled that it was unconstitutional.