Social media is awash with views either
supporting the proposed demonstrations or condemning them as
Zimbabwe police spokes
person Paul Nyathi
warns that opposition protests to turn violent
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean police warned Thursday that the
mass demonstrations planned by the opposition beginning this
Friday in Harare will turn violent, and urged citizens to remain
peaceful and go about their normal business activities.
In a statement, police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said
intelligence and concrete evidence on the ground had revealed
that the so-called peaceful demonstrations will be violent.
"The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) informs the nation that
based on the notifications given by MDC Alliance to regulating
authorities to hold demonstrations in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru,
Masvingo, Mutare and surrounding towns on August 16, 19, 20, 21
and 22, intelligence and concrete evidence on the ground has
revealed that indeed these so called peaceful demonstrations
will turn out to be violent," Nyathi said.
He said police had recovered a substantial quantity of
granite stones and catapults stashed in Harare ahead of the
planned demonstrations while in the dormitory town of
Chitungwiza, over 120 MDC Alliance activists toyi-toyed at a
shopping center during the night while chanting party slogans
and mobilized residents in the area to participate in the
"The ZRP is disturbed that these purported demonstrations by
MDC Alliance and partners have shown open violent acts which are
physically manifesting on the ground.
"Police reiterates that security services will not fold hands
and allow violence, destruction of property, intimidation,
threats and clandestine night acts of violent agitation to take
centre stage," Nyathi said.
The opposition MDC Alliance has planned to roll out mass
demonstrations in the country against economic hardships,
starting in Harare this Friday, followed by Bulawayo on Monday
next week, Gweru on Tuesday, Masvingo on Wednesday and Mutare on
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has since implored citizens to
remain peaceful and shun violence in the wake of calls of the
Mnangagwa said instead of violent confrontation, he remained
open to political dialogue with the opposition.
"I reiterate my calls to all opposition leaders that my door
remains open and my arms remain outstretched.
"Riots and destructive violence must be rejected; peaceful
constructive dialogue are the way forward," he said in a tweet
There are fears that the demonstrations, to be held under the
banner "Shut down Zimbabwe", will turn violent as has been the
case in the past.
Protests against a sharp rise in fuel prices in January
turned violent, resulting in looting of shops, destruction of
property and death of more than 12 civilians after the army
opened fire on protesters in an effort to quell the violent
Meanwhile, the government on Thursday assured the nation that
there will be enough government-run buses to ferry people to and
from their destinations tomorrow in spite of the planned
Zimbabwe United Passengers Company chief executive Everisto
Madangwa allayed citizens’ fears of possible shortage of
transport, saying the company will avail adequate transportation
for everyone in and outside the cities.
He told the Herald newspaper that ZUPCO will not park its
coaches and will not in any way be affected by the
demonstrations and will be in full operation.
"As ZUPCO, we are saying our commuters should not be worried
about transport issues during the so called demonstrations.
"There will be enough buses for them," Madangwa was quoted as
Zimbabwe civil aviation
regulator ventures into
horticulture around country’s busiest airport
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ)
is inviting potential investors to bid for the development and
operation of horticulture facilities at its busiest airport,
Robert Gabriel International Airport, as it seeks to grow
In an invitation for local competitive tenders and expression
for interest published on Thursday, the CAAZ said the land
earmarked for the proposed venture is about 300 hectares.
"The project entails the development of a
horticulture-growing facility, complete with pack-houses and all
associated cold-chain infrastructure for export out of the
"The successful bidder or bidders will be expected to enter
into a lease and concession agreement with CAAZ for an agreed
term," the CAAZ said.
It said interested parties should provide information
demonstrating that they have the required experience,
competencies, skills and qualifications relevant for performance
of the services whether as individuals or as firms, joint
ventures or as consortia.
Zimbabwe exported more than 112 million U.S. dollars of
horticultural produce in 2018, up from the 50.9 million dollars
Zimbabwe now experiencing its worst hunger
Emergency - reports World Food Programme