Mnangagwa Gives Approval For August 16 Protests, Says Security Forces Will Not Interfere
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is reported to have granted permission for the opposition MDC to hold its protests in the Harare CBD tomorrow.
The opposition which applied to protest against the deteriorating conditions in the country is yet to get an answer from the ZRP on whether their demonstration has been approved or not.
However, Mnangagwa is said to have granted permission although with the caveat that if there is any violence, the security forces will respond with force.
A source who spoke to the Zimbolivenews said,
"The President said the demonstrations will go undisturbed by the security forces but any sign of violence will be dealt with with the necessary measure of force required."
This was confirmed by Information Permanent Secretary Ndavaningi Nick Mangwana who said.
"The president who is also the head of state as said the demonstration will go on with no disturbances from the security forces unless there in need for involvement"In terms of section 59 of the Constitution, it is every person’s right to demonstrate and the government will not infringe on this right. Security forces are found in every establishment for the reason of safeguarding human life, dignity, property, peace and maintain order. It is the duty of the forces to ensure the safety and protection of individuals participating in the demonstrations and also those not participating"
While protests organised by the MDC have been generally peaceful, the August 1, 2018 protests resulted in the death of 6 people after the military used live bullets to quell the protest which had turned violent.
In January, at least 13 people died while hundreds were raped, beaten and arrested by security forces.