By Staff Reporter
Harare, July 03, 2016 – PROFESSOR Welshman Ncube’s MDC has come out in full support of Friday’s Beitbridge protests in which citizens, angered by a government ban on certain imports, barricaded roads and forced the temporary closure of the busy border post.
A ZIMRA warehouse was also burnt down during the disturbances.
The protests, unprecedented in the tiny transit town, followed government’s controversial gazetting of Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 which saw unemployed citizens relying on trading on South African imports being denied of their livelihoods.
Following the protests, Industry Minister Mike Bimha vowed no amount of rioting by citizens will force the reversal of the embargo while Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo also issued a warning to lawless citizens.
But while the government was frowning over the protects, opponents in the opposition praised citizens for their bravery in confronting a government they accuse of authoring the current economic crisis.
“The MDC applauds the Zimbabweans who rose up in Beitbridge on Friday to protest against the ban on imports of basic commodities by the evil Zanu PF government,” party spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi said in a statement on Sunday.
“In our considered view, this brave and courageous act is a direct result of what happens when the masses have been pushed too far.
“The people use the only language Robert Mugabe and his party can ever understand. For too long have the people played docile while this government has done nothing but take them for fools.”
The MDC condemned the Zanu PF led regime for failed economic policies that have led to company closures while pushing nearly 90 percent of the country’s employable population onto the informal market.
Authorities insist the new policy directive was aimed at protecting the local industry against cheap imports that have flooded the Zimbabwean market.
But the MDC blames this to failure by the current government to identify the real causes of the crisis.
“It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that before coming up with such a stiff measure on imports you should first ensure that the country is producing adequate and affordable products for its citizens,” Chihwayi said.
“The border chaos is just the beginning of bigger problems for President Mugabe and Zanu PF and a reflection of the deep anger and discontent being felt by millions of Zimbabweans towards the failed regime.”
MDc further warned government the Beitbridge riots were the beginning of an era of civil unrest among citizens for as long as the Zanu PF led government “continues to abuse and terrorise its citizens”.
“…There is no greater power like people power,” Chihwayi said.
“The people are clearly sick and tired of the Zanu PF government playing dice with their lives.
“We have no doubt that right now as the country is burning President Mugabe and his family are sitting comfortably watching the news from the comfort of their homes in Singapore or Dubai.”