the labour movement has set Wednesday and Thursday next week for a national stay away in protest against high cost of living and economic decline that continues to strangle the workers, whose earnings are daily being eroded by hyperinflation.
Sources within the Zanu (PF) regime say there are fears that the stay away could explode into a powerful protest capable of unravelling the regime – given people’s suffering and restiveness. For that reason, the regime plans to unleash its security forces as well as imported war equipment such as the infamous Israeli tankers.
The Zimbabwean has seen a copy of circulars being sent from the police general headquarters in Harare, titled “call for more manpower and vigilance”, which states that officers commanding stations across the country must ensure that “members of the force are ready and vigilant next week starting Monday and that more manpower is deployed to all major urban centres.
Home Affairs minister, Kembo Mohadi told The Zimbabwean that the security ministers were “ready to crush the ZCTU planned disturbances”. State Security minister Didymus Mutasa said “we will put the security forces on the ground and the army intervenes if the situation calls for it”.
In addition to the police and army, the regime has also started deploying its terror troops, products of the controversial national youth training service-infamously known as the Green Bombers.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police and army have already started sending circulars calling for more manpower to man major urban centres next week to deal with a planned two-day stay away organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU).
ZCTU president Lovemore Matombo says