Chihuri Vows To Crush Any Egypt/Libya Style Demos
Harare, February 24, 2012 – Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner
General Augustine Chihuri has vowed to crush any Egypt style public
demonstrations describing them as a witchcraft that Zimbabweans should never
be part of.
Speaking for the first time after his controversial re-appointment by
President Robert Mugabe, Chihuri said he was aware of political parties
planning demonstrations similar to those that toppled the political leaders
in Arab countries such as Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.
“It must be remembered that that there are some people right now who have
criminal cases and are in our courts. These people planned to start
Libyan/Egyptian style revolution by staging illegal demonstrations intended
to overthrow the government. To such people, a weak, frail and feeble police
is obviously an advantage,” said Chihuri while addressing a police pass out
parade at Morris Depot on Thursday.
A group of social activists which includes Munyaradzi Gwisai and Hopewell
Gumbo are currently facing trial for watching videos of the Egyptian
revolution at a city hall last year in February.
“Right now we are aware that there is a small political party outside
government, which wants to start mass protests in early March 2012.They have
planned to start from Africa Unity Square employing dirty and desperate
tactics such as hunger strikes and mass protests. The warped and polluted
agenda is to try and overthrow the government.
“They are already de-campaigning the elections as noted by the incitement of
people not to participate in the coming general elections,” said Chihuri in
an apparent reference to Job Sikhala’s MDC 99 which has vowed to roll out
mass protests and make the country ungovernable until President Robert
Sikhala said he was not afraid of being arrested and was quite happy to die
fighting for democracy.
Chihuri said his police officers are aware of his plot “noted in their
flyers entitled ‘one man vote to be assured’ which were being distributed
along Sanyati/Kadoma road.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police and indeed all right thinking Zimbabweans,
would not want to be part of this rebellion, which is witchcraft. This will
bring a curse upon the country,” said Chihuri.
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