‘ZBC coverage inciting, inappropriate, insensitive’ – MDC

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.

A soldier fires shots towards demonstrators, on August 1 2018, in Harare, as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. Protests in Zimbabwe's historic elections turned bloody on August 1 as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and the president appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw. / AFP PHOTO / Zinyange AUNTONY
A soldier fires shots towards demonstrators, on August 1 2018, in Harare, as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country’s election. Protests in Zimbabwe’s historic elections turned bloody on August 1 as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and the president appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw. / AFP PHOTO / Zinyange AUNTONY

Such attempts are diabolical in nature and can not be excused at any level. It is a known fact that soldiers gunned down and killed seven and injured 13 unarmed civilians in Central Harare.

It is a fact that soldiers have been terrorizing people ever since in the high density suburbs to stifle dissent. 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.

No sugar coating of any nature can erase what happened in Zimbabwe on Tuesday and what continues 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.

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.

Violence: Shocking pictures show an opposition supporter being beaten in the streets of Harare by Zimbabwean soldiers
Violence: Shocking pictures show an opposition supporter being beaten in the streets of Harare by Zimbabwean soldiers

We have always been provoked by this militant and violent party but we have maintained our peace.

We have staff members, politicians and ordinary people who have been arrested and imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.

The Glen View 27 for instance, three men remain behind bars yet they were nowhere close to the events that took place in Glen View in 2009.

Our late President Tsvangirai was charged with treason numerous times and acquitted each time because of these trumped up charges.

May the so called eye witness on ZBC produce evidence of beer coming out of our head office. If anything, such evidence must be used in the court of law and not in the public media.

This in itself is inciting.

Such innuendos being exuded by the ZBC will not stop the MDC Alliance from pursuing legal means to reclaim the people’s victory.

The people of Zimbabwe overwhelmingly voted for the people’s President Nelson Chamisa and the MDC alliance at all levels and we are not prepared to betray the people’s victory because of a small cabal that thinks it owns Zimbabwe. MDC Communications