Release activists or else, Youths tell Mugabe

Members of the MDC Youth Assembly this week gave President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) a two week ultimatum to release their arrested party activists, including MDC-T youth chairman, Solomon Madzore.

Failure to heed the calls would result in various demonstrations against Zanu (PF) and a boycott of Zanu (PF)-owned businesses and transport companies, both in SA and Zimbabwe.

The youth demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Madzore and his fellow activists, equal treatment by the State of all Zimbabweans, including the MDC youth and the unselective application of the law.

Led by Giyani Dube, their chair for South Africa, the MDC youth also demanded that Mugabe disband the terror gang Chipangano and other party militia immediately and allow Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) to be allowed to exercise its freedom of speech, assembly and association without hindrance.

“We will ask our people and lobby for solidarity withdrawal of buying power from all businesses owned by Zanu (PF) in South Africa and this includes buses, hotels and restaurants. We will also order Zanu (PF) to close its office in South Africa before the anger of our people descends upon them, because this office is being used by state security agents in planning terror and harassment of our cadres here,” said Dube.

The youth members said they had already identified the names of businesses owned by Zanu (PF), which would be targeted.

“We will not allow a situation synonymous with 2008, where people were butchered by Mugabe and Zanu (PF) helplessly as a fear-mongering technique by Mugabe,” said Caston Matewu, MDC Youth Assembly chair for UK-Ireland.

“Mugabe has already destroyed our country and we should now stop him from trying to destroy our people as well. We have realised that it is high time we took certain measures to ensure that the rule of law is restored in our country.”

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