June 08 2017 – ZANU-PF youths have threatened to “take up arms of war” to crush a five-day shutdown, which is being organised by social movement Tajamuka/Sesijikile to protest against alleged misrule by President Robert Mugabe.
Tajamuka has set June 20 to 25 as dates for a crippling protest that it claims will completely shutdown the country.
“‘We are ready for them (Tajamuka/Sesijikile). If it means taking up arms of war to defend a constitutionally-elected government led by President Robert Mugabe, we are going to crush them,” says Zanu-PF Manicaland provincial youth chairperson, Mubuso Chinguno
“In Manicaland, we don’t want that nonsense. We are warning civil servants. For teachers, we have many graduates, if you fail to go to work we are going to replace you. As for nurses, it’s the same. No shop will close and we are going to protect you. Manicaland is a no-go area,” says Chinguno.
“We are even ready to take up arms of war if that happens. We will deal with them ruthlessly. We will not wait for the police,” adds Chinguno while addressing after a preparatory meeting for Mugabe’s second youth interface rally set for Sakubva Stadium in Mutare on June 16.
Tajamuka leader Promise Mkwananzi claims law enforcement agencies were already hunting for the group’s members in a bid to stop the shutdown.
In a statement released by the pressure group on Monday, Tajamuka said all shops and schools must be closed during the protest.
“Park all your kombis and no cars should be on our roads. All our borders must be closed. Stay indoors for your safety,”reads the statement.
“It’s best to be with your loved ones indoors. Stock all your basic needs. Buy your electricity tokens, which will last the six days of shutdown. Take this seriously.”