By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
Harare, July 06, 2016 – ZIMBABWE’S political parties have come out in full support of the current wave of demonstrations in the country, further noting that there was need for peaceful action against what they say is a failed Robert Mugabe government.
Zimbabwe has been rocked by a demonstration that has seen members of the public clashing with police officers in Beitbridge, Ruwa, Mabvuku and Epworth.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Zimbabwe People First leader Joice Mujuru delivered messages of solidarity the demonstrators.
“Protesters are not illegal, let the protests continue peacefully without any violence,” she said.
The opposition leader said there was need for Zimbabweans to start afresh and choose a new leader freely.
“Let the people choose a new leader to start afresh. The people should choose what they want, not out of fear. The people of Zimbabwe know what they want,” she said.
“It is the duty of the police to take care of the demonstrators, for the demonstrators are the government. The work of the police is to keep the demonstrators safe, the demonstrators should do so in peace.”
The former Vice President said the government should address the cause of the demonstrations.
The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) led by the constitutional lawyer Lovemore Madhuku said they were worried about police brutality targeted at Zimbabweans who have displayed impatience with poor governance.
“The NCA party notes with great concern the barbaric attacks on civilians by the police. As a party, we are greatly concerned whether these armed police officers are really members of the police force,” said NCA in a statement.
NCA said there was need for police to exercise restraint on citizens adding that they need to respect people’s freedom.
“The public must fully be aware that anyone in a police uniform must behave accordingly and once they start unleashing violence on citizens, they are surely not police officers. We urge all Zimbabweans to exercise their freedom to demonstrate against anything they want addressed by the authorities,” he said.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by Tendai Biti also supported the demos.
“The people’s democratic party would like to express their solidarity with the citizens of Zimbabwe who have spontaneously decided to take matters into their own hands to end their misery under the Zanu PF tyranny,” said the PDP in a statement.
“We support as a party any effort by the suffering masses of Zimbabwe to put an end to the state sponsored destitution , starvation, joblessness, hopelessness and the impoverishment of our people by a vampiric rogue regime that survives on pillaging and plundering the national resources,” said PDP.
The RDZ led by Elton Mangoma said this was a sign of anger and hunger by Zimbabweans.
“As RDZ, we applaud the people who are angry and hungry and concerned with Zanu PF as they continue with some arrogance and it’s not healthy for this country.
“People are justified in expressing their anger towards the government,” said the former Minister of Energy.
ZAPU led by Dumiso Dabengwa also endorsed the protests but deplored the violence that has followed the protests.
“The arrogant Zanu PF regime has rejected any reasonable response to the plight of our people. Just like Ian Smith of Rhodesia saw no majority rule in this country in a thousand years, Mugabe and his Zanu PF regime believe that military might will be forever protect their greed and looting,” said party spokesperson Mjobisa Noko.
“ZAPU therefore deplores the destructive attitude of Mugabe regime. ZAPU calls on Zimbabweans to observe the laws of the country and respect property rights as the nations gets rid of an anti-people regime and its reactionary governance system.”