...We are going to flood the streets: Sithole
..MDC youth leader defends Sikhala
…says streets will be ‘our second home’
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) national youth leader Obey Sithole has said young people in the party will soon flood the streets in protest against bad governance which he claimed had resulted in the current severe economic difficulties.
Speaking to TellZim News after MDC vice chairperson and Zengeza West MP Job Sikhala was granted bail by the Masvingo High Court on Monday July 14, Sithole said the party’s youth were going to ‘make the streets our second home’ in order to send a message to President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Sithole strongly condemned Mnangagwa’s government which he said understood no other language but street demonstrations.
“It is indeed true that as a party, we are going to flood the streets; accepting the streets of Zimbabwe as our second home because it is time for us to utilise our constitutional rights as enshrined in the constitution.
“We are going to simply put that constitutional provision into practice. So as a party, we are going to stage several massive demonstrations to send a clear message because we are sick and tired of the poor governance we face at the hands of Zanu PF,” Sithole said.
He said government would be making a big mistake to assume that people were afraid of demonstrating.
“We have rights and we will make use of those rights as given to us by the country’s constitution. No repression will defeat the people’s lawful rights,” said Sithole.
Zanu PF national political commissar Victor Matemadanda recently warned that violent protests will be met by deadly force from the army.
On Sikhala’s RTGS5000 dollar bail, Sithole said it was clear that the state was out to intimidate people through unjustifiable arrests.
“Sikhala did not commit any crime. What he only did was to amplify the voice that resonates with the people of Zimbabwean,” said Sithole.
Sikhala was arrested in connection with statements he made in Bikita to the effect that the opposition will overthrow Mnangagwa’s government before the 2023 elections.