THE National Constitutional Assembly, NCA, has hit out at Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo for threatening to crush any demonstrations in the country.
Then Lovemore Madhuku-led opposition party challenged Chombo to produce a police clearance letter for the planned 25 May Zanu PF march, supposedly in support of President Robert Mugabe.
Chombo this week told reporters in Harare that he would order police to crush any demonstration organised by the civil society.
The threats came after the MDC-T announced it would organise a demonstration against government’s decision to introduce Bond Notes as a way of alleviating the prevailing cash shortages.
The NCA, last week, also encouraged the public to organise a series of demonstrations against the same issue.
Government is still using the widely maligned Public Order and Security Act (POSA) to block civil society and opposition political party members from demonstrating.
In a statement at the weekend, NCA national spokesperson, Maddock Chivasa, said Minister Chombo should apply the same repressive laws on his Zanu PF party.
“As NCA party we take this threat as empty, baseless and an infringement to the rights and freedom of citizens,” said Chivasa
“We have not heard him saying anything about the planned Zanu PF million-men march.
“Instead of blocking meaningful demonstrations by opposition political parties or any other grouping we challenge Minister Ignatius Chombo to show Zimbabweans the application made by Zanu PF to do the useless planned million men march.”
The party said they were going ahead with their anti-Bond Notes protests despite Chombo’s threats.
“It must be the duty of every responsible Zimbabwean to put pressure on the corrupt Zanu PF government to abandon its intention to introduce the useless bond notes and as a party we will go ahead to demonstrate against the introduction of bond notes”.
“We are already at an advanced stage to finish our plans on the planned demonstration,” Chivasa said.