A gropup of activists aligned to the ruling party Zanu PF say they will camp at the homes of MDC leaders until sanctions have been removed.
The group calling themselves Concerned Citizens said they will be camping at the homes of Nelson Chamisa, Tendai Biti and Job Sikhala as a way of protesting against the calling of sanctions by the MDC.
The protesters have said they will camp at Biti’s house in Glenlorne, Sikhala’s home in Chitungwiza while some will be camping at Chamisa’s home village in Gutu.
One of the coordinators Taurai Kandishaya of the Citizens Forum told Zim Morning Post that MDC leaders are responsible for Zimbabwe’s suffering.
“Sanctions have destroyed this country yet in 2018 Tendai Biti is on record saying that if they don’t win elections they will make Zimbabwe ungovernable through sanctions,” Kandishaya said.
He said trade restrictions and embargoes had robbed the youths of their future and had presented numerous hurdles for foreign direct investment (FDI).
“Opposition has the means to make Zimbabwe better but are too greedy hence they called for the sanctions. Therefore by protesting at their homes, we will put pressure on them to free us,” Kandishaya said.
“The truth is Zimbabweans have suffered and now everyone has to take responsibility for their actions or words and the only way we can do that is to hold Chamisa and Biti to account,” Kandishaya added.
Asked if they had sought police clearance for the protest Kandishaya said: “It’s a visit to a private home where we will take refuge from Zimbabwe’s dire economy, therefore, no need to seek police clearance.”
He further said the team has organised themselves and were expecting more than 2000 people to participate during the protest.
“On 28 February the Urban Transporter Association will give us three kombis per constituency and we are expecting people from various areas among them Budiriro, Highfield, Mbare, Epworth whilst others have promised to give us trucks to ferry people,” he said.
“Those in Chitungwiza will camp at the house of Job Sikhala in Chitungwiza and on 29 February we will be in Gutu where we are expecting the whole of Masvingo Province to gather at Chamisa’s village.”
The protests are being organised by various organisations including the Citizens Forum, Budiriro Residents Association, Youths Against Violence (YAV), Students Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ), Widows and Widowers Association of Zimbabwe (WWAZ), Arise Girl Child and Zimbabwe Workers for Justice (ZWJ) and the Urban Transporters Association