Don’t Sugar Coat Harare CBD Shooting, ZANU PF Told

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The Nelson Chamisa led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) has warned the ruling ZANU PF party against playing the blame game and sugar coating last week’s city disturbances that resulted in the death of six citizens who were shot by soldiers, saying there is no justification to such an unfortunate event.

In a statement released today, MDC-T accused Zanu PF of abusing state apparatus to abuse the people of Zimbabwe.

“No sugar coating of any nature can erase what happened in Zimbabwe on Tuesday and what continue to happen in Zimbabwe.

“Zanu PF is a violent party that continues to use the state apparatus in its disposal to abuse the people of Zimbabwe.

“The people’s party of Excellence, MDC,  dismisses with contempt the attempt by the public broadcaster, ZBC and Zanu PF to justify the killing of innocent civilians by apportioning blame on the MDC Alliance. Ironically, Mr Mnangagwa stated that he was setting up a commission to look at the shootings so why not wait for that to ascertain what occurred ,” reads part of the statement.

MDC-T cited various events where Zanu PF was implicated in violence that resulted in the death of citizens saying the Mnangagwa led party has killed to stay in power.

“It is a fact that the same Zanu PF government has killed to stay in power.  Cases in point include the  2008 bloody run off period where over 500 people lost their lives. The Murambatsvina of 2005, violent farm invasions of 2000, Gukurahundi in the 1980s and the state of our economy presently, is testament to that,” reads the statement.

“While we do not condone the action taken by some of the demonstrators, we certainly take exceptions in the continued harassment of our staff members and visitors at The Morgan Tsvangirai House who were transacting party business at our office but today find themselves incarcerated.”

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