We won't hesitate to defend Mugabe, Zanu-PF youths warn protesters

2016-07-19 14:57

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Harare – Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF youths have threatened a series of protests against pro-democracy activists on Wednesday, a NewsDay report has said.

According to party insiders, the Zanu-PF youths would be holding counter pro-democracy marches throughout the country's capital Harare.

The unnamed insiders said that the youths were set to carry placards that denounced the leaders of the anti-government protests that have engulfed the country recently. 

"They (pro-democracy protesters) can ignore our warning at their own peril. Those that may choose to go ahead with their protests will have themselves to blame. Zanu-PF is the only party that has a history of defending the country and, as youths, we don't hesitate to defend our president," the unnamed Zanu-PF youth official was quoted saying.

Meanwhile, Zanu-PF deputy youth secretary Kudzanai Chipanga reportedly told his supporters over the weekend that they were just waiting for the pro-democracy activists to "press the red button" in order for them to take action. 

Zimbabwe has, in recent weeks, been hit by a wave of protests, as Zimbabweans demanded that the government act on the ongoing economic hardships. 

Reports indicated that the southern African country came to an abrupt standstill after Zimbabweans downed tools two weeks ago. 

Many businesses, shops, and schools were closed, while public transport and some government departments and courts also ceased to function.

In an interview on Monday, the leader of #ThisFlag, Pastor Evan Mawarire said that his organisation would remain apolitical and would strive to hold any government to account in Zimbabwe.

According to CNBC Africa, Mawarire said that he had no ambitions of becoming a politician, but would continue playing his role as an active citizen.

According to Mawarire, President Robert Mugabe's government had to take the necessary steps in fighting corruption.

Read more on:    #thisflag  |  robert mugabe  |  evan mawarire  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa  |  zimbabwe protests

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