THIRTY people have been arrested for allegedly inciting riot in the capital Harare on Monday.
The riot was initiated by drivers of commuter omnibus who abandoned their routes protesting against what they perceived as increased police harassment on the roads.
Meanwhile Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition notes the wave of protests against the government of the day. Today marks the 29th civilian-led protest against misgovernance since January 2016.
“Whilst we do not condone the use of violence by citizens, it is quite clear that most of the actions have been sparked by 36 years of authoritarian rule, corruption and flagrant violation of the rule of law. The wave of protests in Beitbridge and South Africa against the banning of some imports which were a source of livelihood for thousands of people are signs that ordinary Zimbabweans are tired of being taken for granted,” says Crisis in Zimbabwe in a statement this evening. A group calling itself #Tajamuka also staged protests at Harare’s Rainbow Towers hotel, a few days ago against vice-president Phekezela Mphoko’s continued stay there, which was preceded by activists going on hunger strike at Harare’s Africa Unity Square. Social media is awash with messages calling for more action on Wednesday, this week.
The MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai also added its voice to the chaos in Zimbabwe, saying the situation in the country is worsening daily and is now demanding for the resignation of President Robert Mugabe adding that it is every Zimbabwean’s right to demonstrate.
” We strongly believe that it is the right of every Zimbabwean to demonstrate and petition and enshrined in section 59 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe,” says the party’s statement.
“Zimbabwe is burning. Every sector of the economy is bleeding and only today, commuters and commuter operators in various parts of Harare exercised their constitutional right by demonstrating against the many roadblocks that in essence are State-sanctioned outposts of corruption,” adds the MDC. -Xinhua additional reporting Patience Rusere