Following last week’s national shutdown protests which resulted in the looting and vandalism of property as well as battering of people by State security, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has read a riot act and vowed that ‘heads will roll’ to all those found wanting from the security sector.
Mnangagwa also called for political parties and church leaders to put aside differences for the good of the nation.
Protests began after the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) called for a national demonstration recently following financial reforms after Mnangagwa announced new fuel prices.
Posting on his Facebook and twitter accounts, Mnangagwa said while it is everyone’s right to protest, the events which happened last week were regrettable and tragic.
“One week ago, I announced measures to stabilise our nation’s crucial fuel supply. I was aware that these measures may not be popular, and this was not a decision we took lightly. But it was the right thing to do.
What followed was regrettable and tragic. Everyone has the right to protest, but this was not a peaceful protest. Wanton violence and cynical destruction; looting police stations, stealing guns and uniforms; incitement and threats of violence. This is not the Zimbabwean way.
Likewise, violence or misconduct by our security forces is unacceptable and a betrayal of the new Zimbabwe. Chaos and insubordination will not be tolerated. Misconduct will be investigated. If required, heads will roll.
I invite leaders of all political parties as well as religious and civil leaders to set aside our differences and come together. What unites us is stronger than what could ever divide us. Let’s begin a national dialogue. Let’s put the economy first. Let’s put the people first,” the post read.
Mnangagwa had to cut his trip to Davos to return and solve the crisis back home.