MDC-T, ThisFlag in anti-Mugabe United Nations demo
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is likely to be in the spotlight again during this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York as opposition supporters converge at the UN grounds in week-long protests against his government.
Supporters of Morgan Tsvangirai and followers of #ThisFlag movement will from this Saturday until Thursday next week hold daily protests demanding that Mugabe address Zimbabwe’s economic crisis and outrages against citizens by his government.
“(The protests are meant) to register our extreme outrage at the socio-political and economic injustices perpetrated against Zimbabwe citizens by a dispassionate Zanu PF regime,” Marias Shumba, MDC USA Provincial Information and Publicity Secretary in a statement released yesterday.
The protests come after countless similar in-country demonstrations staged over the past three months and saw hundreds of Zimbabweans either brutally treated at the hands of state agents or hauled before the courts.
Worried about the demonstrations degenerating into country-wide chaos, Mugabe was forced to publicly warn protestors that his patience was running-out and eventually seek to ban the protests.
He also blasted the judiciary system for rejecting attempts by the State to ban demonstrations.
Among the UN protestors demands are that Mugabe release all political prisoners, stop abductions, torture, partisan distribution of food aid, using security forces during elections and corruption.
The protestors will also demand that the Zanu PF government implement electoral reforms, establish a biometric register and an independent electoral body before the next elections, deliver justice to victims of political violence as well as extend voting rights to prisoners and people in the diaspora.
“Finally the MDC USA external assembly wants to make it clear that our demands are non-negotiable and that Robert Gabriel Mugabe and his corrupt and purchasable minions can ignore our demands at their own peril,” Shumba said.
Mugabe has previously escaped UN censure due to support of China and Russia who have, in the past, vetoed any action against the Zanu PF leader’s “misrule”.
Shumba said it remains the hope of Zimbabweans in the diaspora that such international organisations intervene to stop human rights violations including the disappearance of political activist Itai Dzamara over a year ago.
“We call upon the United Nations to set up a commission of inquiry that will look into the events and circumstances that led to the forcible disappearance of Dzamara.
“We urge the International Criminal Court to investigate and indict individuals in the Zanu PF government for crimes against humanity,” he said.