Home Affairs minister, Ignatius Chombo, has descended on protesters who have lined up a new wave of demonstrations against President Robert Mugabe’s government on Wednesday.
Chombo, under whose ministry the police falls, was flanked by Sydney Sekeramayi (Defence) and Kembo Mohadi (National Security) as he addressed journalists in Harare on Tuesday.
“We are fully aware of individuals trying to destabilise the country through misrepresenting facts. Let me warn the instigators behind the intended protests that they will face the full wrath of the law,” said Chombo.
He dismissed allegations of police brutality when the law enforcement agency reacted to a recent wave of protests and challenged human rights defenders to produce evidence to support the accusation of heavy-handedness.
If you have genuine evidence, give it to us and we will take appropriate action,” he said, despite widespread video footage showing the police brutalizing citizens, among them women and children.
Chombo also poured scorn on predictions by Emmanuel Makandiwa, the United Family International Church (UFIC) leader, that there would be more protests in Zimbabwe that would lead to civil unrest.
“We do not run a country on prophecies, we run a country on policies that we have, so any person, who really breaks the law, whether a prophet or whatever the individual is, they will be dealt with smoothly, properly and procedurally by the law.
“We have the police, who have the proper training and capacity to deal with that person. So, if a prophet comes up with a prophecy, that is for the church members to interpret its meaning there. We have the police put there to deal with trouble causers,” Chombo said.
Makandiwa, during a church service on Sunday, rapped the police for using excessive force on protesters.
The Home Affairs minister claimed some of Mugabe’s ministers were behind the protests