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Sikhala promises a week of action

MDC Alliance deputy organising secretary Job Sikhala says Zimbabweans should brace for a week-long demonstration from the 10th to 15th of August, dubbed the “Week of the People’s Action”.

The demonstration is said to be a follow-up to the one that had been penciled for 31st July but was thwarted by the deployment of security forces across the country.

Sikhala who is operating from an unknown location, said the message from President Emmerson Mnangagwa a few days ago should serve as an inspiration to continue with their action.

In a statement, Sikhala said “The intransigent response by the jittery regime on the demands of the citizens, means that we must continue the people’s action without let.

“How would a normal government call its citizens terrorists simply because they have called on it to put an end to looting and corruption? Such arrogant and heartless response requires a response in equal measure from all of us.

“This is our country and we can not continue to allow perverse and intolerable behavior to go unchallenged. In terms of Zimbabwe’s Constitution, all executive, legislative and judiciary authority is derived from the people.

“This means the people can neither be terrorists nor dark forces; they’re the custodians of sovereign authority. Terrorists and dark forces can only be agents of the rogue regime that are abducting, torturing, sexually assaulting and murdering Zimbabweans who are targeted only for political reasons,” he said.

President Mnangagwa told the nation a few days ago that there were bad apples that are trying to divide the people and to weaken the country’s systems, adding that they will be flushed out.

However, Sikhala said the action scheduled for Monday is a result of the failure by the Zanu PF government to positively respond to the people’s demands for an end to corruption, bad governance and human rights violations.

“Therefore Monday 10th August to Friday the 15th is the week of the people’s action.

“This has been necessitated by the failure of Emmerson Mnangagwa’s rogue regime to respond positively and decisively to the people’s call to end corruption and looting.

“Rather than for Mnangagwa to end the scourge of corruption and looting, he has given the people, his middle finger. Instead of responding responsibly, he has unleashed state security elements to abduct, torture, maim and intensify human rights abuses,” he said.

It is not yet clear what sort of action that Sikhala is planning, as he last week promised to lead demonstrations from the front but failed to pitch up. Get all COVID-19 statistics for Zimbabwe from COVID-TRACKER

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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