President Mnangagwa speaks to Vice President Kembo Mohadi at a thank you rally at Rutenga Shopping Centre in Mwenezi yesterday.-(Picture by Kudakwashe Hunda)
Government is aware of a renewed bid by the MDC-Alliance and its allies to relaunch violent demonstrations, and will deal decisively with elements that are hell-bent on making the country ungovernable, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
Addressing a sea of Zanu-PF supporters that attended the ruling party’s Meet the People Rally in Rutenga, Masvingo province, yesterday, the Head of State and Government said authorities will bring all those who instigated and stoked the recent violent demonstrations to book.
“Nyika yedu yeZimbabwe, vatakabvisira chingwa pamuromo, vachena, havasati varegera kurwisa kuti chingwa chidzoke pamuromo yavo nenzira dzakasiyana
“There are puppets that they have been creating in the country that move around preaching violence. We in Zanu-PF want unity and development of our country.
“If our chiefs preach unity, our churches preach unity and our party Zanu-PF preaches unity, our country will develop; there is nothing that will take us back,” said President Mnangagwa.
“When we went to the AU (African Union) last week, first I had sent some of my members to Sadc countries to brief them on how the violence had erupted in January.
“Because in areas like Bulawayo, people were moving around telling others that you must engage in violence and anyone who gets arrested will have legal representations and there are lawyers waiting to assist.
“They were saying there are doctors waiting to treat those that get injured.
“We are going after those doctors and nurses.”
Added the President: “Uyo anenge asarudza humhesvamukono, aiwa, takakwana, tosangana naye.
“Anenge asarudza runyararo nerugare, hallelujah kwaari, mazuva ako ngaawedzegwe munyika inotongwa navatema. Asi avo vakasarudza mhirizhonga, mazuva avo anounyana.”
The violent protesters, he said, had the audacity to bar people in Harare and Bulawayo from going to work.
“Vaipisa mabhazi, vachipisa police station nemota dzemapurisa. Makazviona kupi izvozvo?
“Ndikati haiwa, aiwa, hatidi violence, pasi nayo. Ndikati masoja pindai munyaradze vanhu avo, vakanyaradzwa, saka tava nerugare.Sunday Mail