The authorities in Zimbabwe have warned that they would deal with participants in organized demonstrations on July 31 against suspected corruption in the public sector in the midst of a declining economy such as “terrorists,” threatening them with prison, local media announced Monday.
“Going forward you will hear the president making pronouncements but our security forces…are on high alert to ensure that any terrorist activity will be dealt with accordingly,” said Ziyambi, according to the report.
Whoever goes into the streets against that advice is similar to a terrorist … and we can treat them accordingly,” he said.
Claiming the protests came within a “hidden hand to ensure Zimbabweans die,” Ziyambi added that the protests also violated the COVID-19 pandemic regulations.
On the other hand, the Zimbabwean political opposition alongside pro-democracy groups are mobilized for the planned protests amid expectations of violence by the security forces against them, after the government and ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front claimed that the protests aimed at toppling President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“If we don’t get the result we want we won’t let go,” Ngarivhume quoted the article.
According to the KnowAfrika website, Ngarivhume and Hopewell Chin’ono, a journalist who recently exposed alleged corruption in the government, were arrested Monday.