The MDC-T secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora, has laughed off the planned July 31 protest against the deteriorating economy saying it will be a big flop as no person in their right mind will waste their time going into the streets, a strategy which he says has proven to be a failure over the years.
Mwonzora said his party will not be participating in the protests as they have bigger issues to attend to among them, their congress.
He said he was willing to bet his last cent that no protest will be done on July 31. “I can bet you my last cent that no one will attend the demonstrations. It will be a huge flop. The MDC-T will not be a part of the protests because we are busy preparing for our congress.
“On the day of the protests, is when we are supposed to have our congress. Those who want to go for the protests they are free to do so because this is a democracy,” said Mwonzora.
His statement comes at a time when the government is accusing the Nelson Chamisa led MDC Alliance of planning to use violence to topple a constitutionally elected government despite the fact that the protest was not called for by Chamisa Recently, the Zanu PF acting national spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa lashed out at Chamisa and his party of being used by the West to effect regime change.
Though the conveners of the protests have made it clear that they will be peaceful, Chinamasa said that they will not watch as lawlessness takes over the streets, threatening to unleash the full wrath of the law on all those found wanting. One of the conveners, Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) leader Jacob Ngarivhume, has since been arrested and remanded in custody to August 6 on inciting public violence charges.
Ngarivhume has been arrested together with journalist Hopewell Chin’ono who has been on the forefront exposing corruption by President Mnangagwa’s cabinet.
Mwonzora has courted public scorn after he has grown soft towards Zanu PF and fiery against fellow opposition members.
Douglas Mwonzora suffers major blow
Acting MDC-T Secretary-General Douglas Mwonzora was dealt a blow by the Zimbabwe Republic Police after they turned down his request to hold an extra-ordinary Congress on Thursday.
In a letter seen by this publication, police said, "Be kindly advised that due to COVID-19 cases that are on the increase especially local transmissions. It has been found necessary to tighten lockdown regulations to prevent the spread of the pandemic across the country.
"To this end, you are advised not to go ahead with your congress.
MDC-T sources who spoke to this publication said the party's standing committee had tasked Morgen Komichi as the convenor of the Congress to approach the law enforcement agents for a clearance.
"Police turned down our request and then Mwonzora cunningly and nicodemuosly followed up that with a secret letter to the police proposing decentralized congresses with an average of 38 delegates each province." The source said.