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State Security Chiefs Force MDC-T to Shelve Planned March

Movement for Democratic Change party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora (S. Mhofu)
Movement for Democratic Change party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora (S. Mhofu)

The supreme organ for the coordination of security in the country, the Joint Operations Command (JOC), Friday summoned the opposition Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai and pressed the party to postpone a protest next Thursday against the alleged disappearance of $15 billion from government coffers.

The MDC-T told VOA Studio 7 it wants to hold a march to protest against the disappearance of the money earned from the mining of diamonds in Manicaland province and the general deterioration of the economic situation caused by what the party says is corruption.

Studio 7 spoke to the party’s secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora who said the protest has now been penciled for April 14th in Harare.

“We thought that we were going to have our march next week but we will agree to postpone it to the 14th of April we don’t want to give them an excuse for anything,” he said.

He said so far the police had promised that they were not going to disrupt the march but they warned them that if they “don’t behave” and tried to stop them on the 14th they would be confronted.

Mwonzora said they were inviting people across the political divide, civic organizations and all the people who were fed up with the prevailing poverty in the country largely blamed on the government..

“And we made it clear to JOC that would only call off the march if the government shows us where the $15 billion and also if the government shows us the two million jobs,” he said.