MDC Planning Mass Action against Government


Zimbabwe’s main opposition party MDC-T has threatened to roll out a series of mass protests soon to force the Zanu PF government to urgently address the worsening economic situation.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu told NewsDay yesterday that the party’s organising department and youth wing were seized with logistical arrangements.

“That’s an ongoing thing,” he said.

“The organising department is working on that. It is indeed work in progress. And in a few weeks you will see something on the ground.”

MDC-T has for the past two years been threatening mass demonstrations over the deteriorating economic conditions, but so far nothing has materialised.

Gutu said top among their grievances was Zanu PF’s failure to provide the 2,2 million jobs and houses the party promised in the run-up to 2013 general elections.

As part of resolutions from its last congress, the MDC-T said it would engage in mass protests despite police threats to crush the demonstrations.

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai early this year warned that the demonstrations should be well-timed to avoid playing into Zanu PF’s hands.

“The issue of mass demonstrations is always on the agenda, but it should not be an emotional reaction. There is always need to assess the timing of such an action and what we want to achieve by such (street protests),” he said then, while addressing party supporters in Gweru.

“People should be made aware of the outcome of that action.”