HARARE – Zimbabwe opposition party MDC is planning street demonstrations next week to protest against the government’s handling of the economy.
The country’s economic woes started during the days of ex-President Robert Mugabe, and this has seen millions of Zimbabweans left destitute and poor.
The South African nation suffers chronic foreign exchange shortages, and these make it impossible for it to import fuel and other needs.
The country is also rationing power for 18-hours a day.
The power outages threaten mining and industrial output and have not helped President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s efforts to attract investment and rebuild Zimbabwe.
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in a notice to Police, says it will hold marches in the capital Harare on August 16 against corruption, unemployment and power and fuel shortages and a worsening economy.
“The national challenges are a result of a governance and legitimacy crisis arising primarily out of the disputed election of July 2018,” MDC’s National Organising secretary Amos Chibaya said in the notice.
The overthrow of long-time leader Robert Mugabe in 2017 was greeted with hope, but this has steadily turned into hopelessness as his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, tinkers with the economy, and shows no results for his effort.
Mr Chibaya said demonstrators would present a petition to parliament after next week’s march.
Mr Luke Tamborinyoka, the MDC deputy spokesman, also confirmed that the party had informed the Police.
“We hope the police will allow us to exercise our constitutional right”. He says.
With various economic moves yielding no results, questions will continue to be asked on how long it will take for Mr Mnangagwa just like his predecessor Robert Mugabe, to turn to his allies in the Zimbabwe military for protection against the people of Zimbabwe.
For now, he is expected to keep courting investors abroad, as a way to strengthen his hand at home.