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THE MDC-T has dismissed Zanu PF’s calls for the arrest of its President Morgan Tsvangirai, insisting it was well within the opposition leader’s fundamental rights to call for mass action against President Mugabe’s “inept” leadership.

Addressing party supporters in Zhombe weekend, Tsvangirai called for peaceful mass protests against the Mugabe-led administration, which he accused of failing to remedy the current economic crisis.

His statements elicited calls for his arrest by Zanu PF, which says he was inciting a rebellion against the incumbent government.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo described the comments as both “subversive and dangerous”.

But the MDC-T said in a statement that Tsvangirai was acting well within his constitutional rights to call for protests.

“The statement by Zanu PF that MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai must be arrested for calling for mass action against government clearly displays embarrassing ignorance of Zimbabwe’s constitution on the part of Zanu PF,” read the statement by party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora.

“In terms of Section 59 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, every person has the right to demonstrate and present petitions as long as this is done peacefully.

“What President Tsvangirai said in Zhombe last Saturday was that it was irresponsible for people to stand idle while the economy was in free fall as is the case at present.”

Mwonzora cited the delays in the payment of civil servants’ salaries as enough motivation for demonstrations by poor Zimbabweans.

“Over one million poor children are out of school because the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) fund has been looted by Zanu PF. The health care system has collapsed and health care is now beyond the reach of the ordinary Zimbabweans. Zimbabweans continue to watch diamond revenue being looted by the rich and powerful in Zanu PF,” he said.

Tsvangirai has accused his rival, Mugabe of inept leadership and failing to take action against corrupt ministers despite telling the whole world that some of his cabinet colleagues had sought bribes from prospective investors.

“Two weeks ago, Mugabe told us that one of his ministers had solicited a bribe from an investor and yet no minister has been brought to book up to now,” Mwonzora said.

The MDC-T said Zanu PF continues to abrogate the Constitution by refusing to swear-in the Provincial governments elected by the people eight months ago.

“The behaviour of the government clearly justifies Zimbabweans staging mass demonstrations against this clearly irresponsible government. Therefore, the MDC is within the law in calling for mass action against the government. Any attempts by Zanu PF to harass President Tsvangirai are an act of foolish bravery,” he said.

“The MDC will soon be calling upon the people of Zimbabwe to stage mass demonstrations against the government if it continues violating the rights of the Zimbabwean people.”

He added “It will not be intimidated by Zanu PF into abandoning the people’s cause. In line with the MDC philosophy, these demonstrations will be peaceful.”

Source : New Zimbabwe

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