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Mugabe Appeals for Peace As ZDF Chief Breathes Fire Over Social Media 'Abuse'

President Robert Mugabe at the National Heroes Acre on Monday, 2016.

President Robert Mugabe at the National Heroes Acre on Monday, 2016.

President Robert Mugabe has appealed for peace in Zimbabwe saying while protesters have a right to stage peaceful marches in the country they should not engage in violent activities.

Mr. Mugabe’s call came at a time when Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander General Constantine Chiwenga warned protesters that they will face the wrath of the law.

Addressing thousands of people at the National Heroes Acre to mark Heroes Day today, President Mugabe said Zimbabweans should desist from violent public protests.

Mr. Mugabe said while Zimbabweans have a right to stage peaceful protests they should do so peacefully.

But Mr. Mugabe noted that protests do not build a nation.

Some Zimbabweans, driven by Pastor Evan Mawarire of hush tag this flag, Tajamuka-Sesijikile Campaign and others, have been staging protests demanding an end to serious social and economic issues affecting the country.

At the same time, General Chiwenga fired a broadside at the protesters saying they are abusing social media in trying to bring regime change in the country.

General Chiwenga, who held a press conference soon after President Mugabe’s address, said Zimbabwe would be forced to come up with strict laws to stop the abuse of social media.

He further said social media was not designed to effect regime change in any nation.

General Chiwenga said the Zimbabwe National Army won’t stand and look as the nation is burning.

He further noted that President Mugabe is the legitimate leader of Zimbabwe.

The army commander said Zimbabweans should forget about changing the government though undemocratic means.