MDC plans protests against vote “rigging”

MDC plans protests against vote “rigging”

MDC-Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa

HARARE, (CAJ News) WHILE Zimbabwe’s elections might have come and gone, the country’s main opposition is planning to mobilise youths nationwide to embark on street protests aimed at forcing President Mnangagwa to relinquish power.

This was revealed by Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-Alliance) leader Nelson Chamisa insisting he won the election on 30 July, which he believes were rigged by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in favour of Mnangagwa.

Now Chamisa wants the opposition youths to assist him wrestle away power from Mnangagwa to become the new Zimbabwe president.

“Mnangagwa must be leading the opposition in this country, while I take
the reins of power, which you (people of Zimbabwe) handed to me, then the country moves forward. I heard him say we must move forward, there is no moving forward without looking at the reality of who won the election,” Chamisa said.

The youthful opposition leader was addressing thousands of MDC faithfuls at the party’s 19th anniversary held at Gwanzura Stadium in the capital Harare.

However, the ruling ZANU-PF warned Chamisa and party supporters they would not allow anarchy to take place.

A senior ZANU PF official said the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) would ensure law and order were maintained in the country arguing perpetrators would be ruthlessly dealt with.

“Police will not watch back as power-hungry individuals plan to
distabilise peace and stability in the country. The law must take its
course,” ZANU-PF politburo member, who commented on condition of anonymity said.

The last time MDC-Alliance activists embarked on such street protest
mission on 1 August became fatal when the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) opened fire and killed six people while several others were wounded.

– CAJ News

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