By Staff Reporter
Harare, July 04, 2016 – HOME Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo has warned Zimbabweans against engaging in any form of unsanctioned protests that were likely to disturb peace in their localities, adding that the government had enough capacity to deal with such disturbances.
Chombo was speaking in an interview with RadioVOP this weekend following intense rioting which erupted in Beitbridge on Friday.
Citizens were not happy with government’s banning of imported products as per Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016.
The products included those the citizens have depended on for their livelihoods.
Government was this Friday caught unawares by the spontaneous riots in Beitbridge which forced the temporary closure of the region’s busiest border post.
A ZIMRA warehouse was also set alight by protestors who wanted the government to reverse the controversial policy measure.
The state had to deploy police reinforcements and soldiers from outside Beitbridge as the situation was fast becoming uncontrollable.
Chombo said his ministry will not relent in ensuring law and order in the country.
“It is the duty of m ministry through the ZRP to maintain law and order and we will make sure that that’s done. Trouble makers are accordingly warned,” he said.
However, the bravery displayed by residents in the small town received praise from fellow Zimbabweans outside who felt that was the only way government could gauge the national mood.
Professor Welhman Ncube’s MDC on Sunday also castigated the government for allegedly attacking ordinary people’s livelihoods.