July 31 protests: ZanuPF declares war as Chinamasa calls US Ambassador Nichols a thug



Zanu-PF acting spokesperson and former Minister Patrick Chinamasa has urged the ZanuPF suppoters and sympathisers to be on high alert as the proposed July 31 protests nears, midlands news can report.

The ruling party has all but confirmed that it has indeed declared war on oppostion parties, civic society and perceived sponsores who are mobilising to take to the streets on July 31.

At yesterday’ press conference in the capital Harare, Chinamasa encouraged party supporters and sympathisers to stand up against the protesters adding that the protests are needless.

Chinamasa said the West is bankrolling the dissent in order to reverse the gains of the land reform.

“Zanu PF calls upon our supporters, cadres and sympathisers, wherever you are, to remain alert and ready to defend yourselves, defend our people, their property and most importantly defend peace in your communities against these malcontents, these hired hooligans and hoodlums who rejoice at burning properties and looting,”

“They must know that when they are being attacked, law enforcement agents might not be near. In those circumstances, their first line of defence is themselves and their families. They have a legal and constitutional right to defend themselves. Don’t ask for permission from anybody, it’s your constitutional and legal right.

“Don’t be intimidated by hooligans and mercenaries. Don’t be like sitting ducks as you were in August 2018, don’t be sitting ducks as you were in January 2019, phoning us (to ask what you should do). No, this time no. Use any means at your disposal to defend yourselves” charged Chinamasa.

Chinamasa also claimed that US ambassador Brian Nichols is an Uncle Tom being used to propagate values the US does not practice on its people. The acting Zanu-PF spokesperson warned the US that the party (Zanu PF) is aware of their coterie of gangsters and mercenaries disguised as diplomats

“Brian Nichols is a thug. He is not a super diplomat in this country. The US human rights narratives are just pretexts of undermining small nations”,

“Diplomats have no rights to promote actions that are calculated to subvert a constitutionally elected government in any country. Zimbabwe will not sit on it’s laurels and watch this happen” Chinamasa said.

According to the Zanu PF spokesperson the July 31 protests are being propagated by the MDC Alliance,who he said are being funded by the US embassy.

However, the July 31 protests were called by opposition Transform Zimbabwe leader Ngarivhume, who has met other opposition leaders and activists to canvass support.

The protest are said to be against corruption and misgovernance and the organisers insist that they will be a peaceful demonstration. However, Chinamasa claimed the plan is to violently oust President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“They want to delay the decolonisation of our country. The party and its cadreship will never allow this to happen. We will never allow any malcontents to take over this country, Never!” he charged.

The main organiser of the event Jacob Ngarivhume is now in remand prison following his arrest last week.  Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono who has been on a campaign to expose suspected corruption within the corridors of power was also arrested last week after being accused of inciting violence. Chin’ono denies the charges.