By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
Harare, October 06, 2016 – PROFESSOR Welshman Ncube’s MDC has condemned President Robert Mugabe for attacking pro-democratic movements saying this signified the shameful end to his 36 year rule.
Zimbabwe has seen a wave of anti-government protests in recent months but these have been met with brute force by the state.
President Mugabe’s threats to crush the demonstrations have heightened tensions in an already volatile political situation.
Dozens of activists have been targeted for arrests and torture with cases of abductions also now common.
But the Ncube led MDC condemned attacks on those seeking a democratic dispensation in the country saying this was a ploy to suppress dissenting voices as the country braces for the 2018 elections.
“The Movement for Democratic Change MDC condemns in strongest terms, Robert Mugabe’s cruel attacks on opposition, clergy and civil society members in his attempt to placate vicious criticism and confrontation ahead of 2018 general elections,” said party spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi.
The party said the recent surge in human rights violations would not deter the citizens from exercising their rights.
“The caging, abduction and torture of opposition forces will not help to propitiate the rising anger and determination by citizens to liberate themselves from an oppressive system,” added Chihwayi.
The MDC said it was now clear that Zanu PF was now on its way out as a result of the failure to manage the economy.
“Alarm bells are now ringing louder in Zimbabwe signifying the end of a Zanu PF era and the beckoning of a new political order in Zimbabwe. As the MDC, we shall continue to press Robert Mugabe down over the free falling economy, implementation of electoral reforms and life threatening corruption.
“President Robert Mugabe has failed to boost public and investor confidence after his dismal failure to genuinely empower citizens or create the much needed employment. Zimbabwe is in the hands of merciless kleptocrats who are using dirty tactics to cling on to power despite failure to craft the necessary legal framework to resuscitate the economy,” Chihwayi said.