MDC-T says Mugabe is smelling blood and is spoiling for a fight

The Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai today said Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is smelling blood and is spoiling for a fight and the country could slide into anarchy and State-sponsored banditry and terrorism if the Southern African Development Community, the African Union and the United Nations do not intervene.

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party said this in the wake of a national clampdown on protests that were supposed to be carried out yesterday across the country to, among other things, press for electoral reforms ahead of the 2018 elections.

“Zimbabwe is now under siege from the brutal and collapsing ZANU-PF regime,” the MDC-T said today in a statement. “The people of Zimbabwe are now prisoners in their own country; held captive by a cruel, insensitive and rogue regime that is obsessed with the politics of power retention.

“Zimbabwe has now reached the tipping point. It is apparent that the globe – trotting dictator, Robert Mugabe, is not at all prepared to listen to the people’s demands. The people of Zimbabwe deserve to be led by a caring, loving, responsible and legitimate government that will ensure that their fundamental human rights and liberties are respected and upheld.”

The government yesterday deployed police across the country in anticipation of the protests that had been organised by the opposition parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda.

Police have also banned demonstrations for at least a month.

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The MDC-T called on the SADC, AU and UN to intervene claiming that the prevailing security and political situation in the country was untenable.

“Mugabe is smelling blood. He is spoiling for a fight,” it said.  “In these circumstances, therefore, Zimbabwe could quickly slide into anarchy and State – sponsored banditry and terrorism if SADC, the AU and the UN do not promptly intervene to find a lasting and sustainable solution to the long – standing Zimbabwean political and socio – economic crisis.

“The toiling masses of Zimbabwe are crying out to be heard by both the regional and the international community at large. Robert Mugabe and his rogue, politically delinquent and paranoid ZANU-PF regime shouldn’t be allowed to continue holding Zimbabweans to ransom,” the party said.-Insider