Government has threatened public transport operators against being “used as 1`destabilizing agents in the country” saying those found aiding the opposition plans to protest will have their vehicles impounded by the police.
This comes on the back of notifications issued by the MDC to the police for protests in various districts across the country as they seek to push the government to deliver on the economy.
In a statement released today, Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Cain Mathema said the state was aware of alleged plans by the MDC to bus its members to protest at various centres across the country, issuing a stern warning to transport operators who will ferry the people that they risk having their vehicles impounded.
“We are quite aware that the opposition and its partners intend to hire buses and other vehicles to ferry people to various centres in the country for unlawful gatherings.
“Transport operators, both public and private should not be used as destabilising agents in the country. Let me reiterate that anyone caught on the wrong side of the law will be dealt with without fear or favour. Vehicles used to promote lawlessness will certainly be impounded by the police,” said Mathema.
A few weeks ago, police blocked planned demonstrations by the MDC in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Masvingo and Mutare citing threats of outbreak of violence as the major reason.
The MDC approached the courts challenging the prohibition order to no avail as the police decision was upheld.