Police deployed to monitor MDC-T protest

Public order police details were deployed in Gweru, the Midlands provincial capital, on Friday to monitor a demonstration planned by the MDC-T provincial youth assembly.

The provincial youth assembly intended to protest against the current economic crisis bedevilling the country as well as unemployment estimated at more than 80 percent.

The anti-riot details who moved in groups of 10 and were armed with truncheons, tear smoke canisters and rifles closely watched movements on the streets but the protests did not take place.

Reports indicate that the MDC-T youth leaders were still locked in meetings with the police by lunch time today.

The youths wanted to hand over a petition to Zanu (PF) provincial chairperson for the Midlands province, Jason Machaya, to push Zanu (PF) to honour its 2013 election promise of creating 2.2 million jobs.

Since the polls, the economy has gone on a freefall and government is struggling to key programmes and has been blasted for failing to revive industry.

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