Home Affairs minister, Cain Mathema has issued a chill warning to the opposition who are planning demonstration due to the state of the economy that police and other security agencies of the state will come hard on them ruthlessly.
In a statement issued yesterday, Mathema said he was aware of plots by the ZCTU and the MDC Alliance to organise protests as well as force civil disobedience.
The minister said the police and other security services would not stand aside and watch while the opposition embark on what he termed illegal demonstrations.
“We would like to warn all those who are behind these demonstrations that the police would not stand aside and watch while they perpetrate an illegality. I have instructed the police commissioner general (Godwin Matanga) to put the police on high alert in the event of the planned protests,” Mathema said.
The minister said the ZCTU and the MDC had planned to force the civil disobedience with an aim to force Zanu PF out of power due to the worsening economic situation.
He said President Emmerson Mnangagwa was ready to engage those who have issues.
The cost of living has gone up in recent months and the cash situation has worsened.
The MDC last week called for a one week of national prayer before embarking on what Nelson Chamisa, the party president described as a decisive moment.
The threat by the minister come two days after defence deputy minister Victor Matemadanda issued a similar warning that the army was on stand by to crush any protest.
In January at least 17 people were killed by the military after the ZCTU called for a three days national strike.