MDC Alliance has vowed to continue with demonstrating despite remarks made by Home Affairs minister Cain Matema that police was ready to thwart any civil disobedience.
Matema said his ministry had has since directed the Commissioner- General of Police Godwin Matanga to put in place adequate security measures.
Minister Mathema said intelligence revealed a workshop to mobilise and capacitate the civic organisations had already been scheduled, a notion which the MDC Alliance dismissed.
Addressing journalists at a press conference MDC Alliance said; “This address comes as Zimbabwe is facing danger of the deterioration of human rights situation, closure of the democratic space, targeted crackdown on the people’s movement including it’s leaders”.
“We are concerned by the press conference by the minister of Home Affairs, the creation of a fake letter attributed to the secretary general Douglas Mwonzora, the gazetting of a shocking bill called MOSA,” Jacob Mafume the party spokesperson said.
“In his press conference, cde Matema claims that he has gathered intelligence to the effect that there was a workshop meant to overthrow the government, similar fake intelligence reports have been used to target members of the opposition. The MDC is a peaceful organisation, we have a record of peaceful demonstration and the struggle for economic transformation and democracy.
“It is the person who has a problem with the demonstration who has to indicate what problem he has. We do not need to seek anyone’ permission, the constitutional court has said that time and time again.
We will continue our peaceful demonstrations under the leadership of president Nelson Chamisa,” Mafume said.
He said the country was captured by a very dangerous group of people who were irrational.
“Zimbabwe is captured by a very dangerous group of people who are irrational, unreasonable, paranoid and will do anything to crash descend in pursuit of their power retention agenda.
developments in the past few days point out this fact, they reveal another attempt to victimise Zimbabweans.
“MOSA is a reflection on a government which is planning on arresting citizens, especially the opposition and civil society, it must be interpreted together with Cain Matema’s statement.
We do not need any green light for any demonstration, demonstrations are a constitutional right,” he said.