Revolt against Mugabe foiled

Zimbabwe government fears rebellion by protestersFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – HEAVILY-armed police and agents of the Central Intelligence Organisation have thwarted a possible revolt during beleaguered Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s State of the Nation Address.
The heavy deployment of security personnel came amid speculation of mass protests by the pressure group, Tajamuka, literally meaning, “The nation has revolted.”
Riot police guarded all roads and other strategic points leading to the Zimbabwean Parliament in Harare while CIO operatives were on standby around Parliament building where Mugabe presented the SONA.
The Africa Unity Square, an open park where people normally rest during lunch hours or engage in prayers, was a hive of uniformed and plain clothes police activity as they minimized movement around public places in the capital.
Tajamuka spokesman, Promise Mkwananzi, told media that Mugabe and his government had dismally failed the nation hence the mass action.
“We wanted to go and force them (government) to pay civil servants their salaries and bonuses before Christmas. They are afraid because they know they have failed and let down the people,” he said.
Patson Dzamara, brother of kidnapped journalist-cum-activist, Itai, of the Occupy Africa Unity Square movement, said security operatives’ reaction was a sign of fear.
“They are doing everything within their power to protect their misrule and oppression. They are afraid of the people they purportedly lead,” said Dzamara.
Last week, riot police crushed a peaceful protest as disgruntled Zimbabweans demonstrated against the introduction of so-called bond notes by the broke government.
– CAJ News

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