Zimbabwe Citizen Forum Leader Alex Gakanje has accused Western embassies of causing instability in the country by funding regime change demonstrations against the government of Zimbabwe.
Speaking at press conference in Harare on Tuesday, Gakanje said: “The American Embassy is good at infiltrating demonstrations in Zimbabwe by planting people who cause violence, damage to property, whilst they are sitting in their offices ready to tweet about their imposed brutality on citizens”.
“America is not on record of supporting developmental activities in Zimbabwe. They only appear when there are calls to sponsor anti-government protests” he said
He also shared the same sentiments with Zanu PF Political Commissar, Victor Matemadanda that the Western Embassies want to spread the global novel Coronavirus, on the day scheduled for anti-government protests.
“As you know that America labelled Zimbabwe their foreign adversary, they are in pain that they have the largest number of corona virus deaths hence the opportunity for them to spread the disease through sponsoring illegal demonstrations” he said
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime on Monday arrested a crusading journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and Jacob Ngarivhume, the leader of Transform Zimbabwe in a renewed crackdown ahead of the planned anti-government protests on July 31.
Instead of fighting systemic corruption by the government, Gakanje has urged hungry citizens to march from Ngarivhume’s residence on the 31st of July, accusing him of having been given US$350,000 by the American embassy to push for regime change movement on the day.
‘Zimbabweans must demonstrate against America on the 31st of July, we must gather at Ngarivhume’s residence and march into the streets to send a clear message to the Americans that their imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe are hurting our economy’ he said.
Mnangagwa’s jittery regime has in recent days launched raids at the homes of former Zanu PF activists Jim Kunaka and Godfrey Tsenengamu; MDC Alliance deputy chairman Job Sikhala as well as Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe president Obert Masaraure and harassed their families.
Ngarivhume started an internet campaign for nationwide protests against corruption on July 31, but authorities have accused him of being irresponsible as the protests would breach coronavirus lockdown regulations which prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people.
Ngarivhume’s protests call has been enthusiastically taken up by Zimbabweans who have popularised the hashtag #ZanuPFMustGo on Twitter. Many Zimbabweans say they will demand the fall of Mnangagwa’s regime, which is accused of stealing elections, unchecked corruption and plunging the country into its worst economic crisis in over a decade.