The Movement for Democratic Change says preparations are in top gear for their planned protest set for Masvingo on Saturday, which will be led by the party’s president Morgan Tsvangirai.
MDC-T’s Masvingo urban chairman, Muranganwa Chinyau, told Studio 7 that all is set for the street protest against the deteriorating social and economic situation in Zimbabwe, lack of jobs and government’s failure to pay civil servants’ salaries on time.
“The MDC-T family and other progressive forces are ready to join President Tsvangirai tomorrow for the march. We did a door to door campaign during mobilization. The Masvingo family is ready for the march to demand the missing $15 billion in diamond proceeds, to express our dismay over the proposed introduction of bond notes and the import ban on some basic commodities. We will also urge Zanu PF to step down.”
Faustino Murambasvina, MDC-T secretary for the same district, said the march has been cleared by the police and they expect thousands of Masvingo residents take part in the protests.
“As MDC we did not have any complexity in our application for clearance. So we want to thank the police for cooperation especially the superintendent, Ncube Phillip, who signed, in case of any disturbances by any one. We will not stand aloof and look, we will react in the same way and defend ourselves.”
The MDC-T’s local youth leader Kingsley Sibanda also said they are expecting a huge turnout Saturday.
“We are calling all youths across all divides to come Saturday as the group that is mostly affected. You are the ones who are not employed, you are the ones who are not getting salaries in time we are saying come and let’s express ourselves and demand our rights from this government. We are calling Mugabe to step down he has failed us.”
The MDC-T has been staging peaceful protests of late pressing for social and economic transformation and for President Robert Mugabe to step down.