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Zimbabwe advised to ban any gatherings in the face of covid

17 Jul 2020 at 07:25hrs | Views
When people take action to resolve some ills or inequalities in their life or in their society, this action is called A demonstration. It is taken by a mass group or collection of groups of people in favour of a political or other cause or people. In most cases, the leaders of such protests are political parties or social groups these will be partaking in a protest against a cause of concern.  In most democratic societies a date of demonstrations is set aside and communicated to the authorities in advance. The two will sit together and plan the day together so that it will be a peaceful day. Even if the protest is against the authorities democracy demands that the demonstration must be allowed to go ahead. The demonstration often consists of walking in a mass march formation and either beginning with or meeting at a designated endpoint, or rally, to hear speakers. It will end with serving a petition or a list of grievances to the to those who are supposed to handle it. In some cases the demonstrations will take a very confrontational form when demonstrators feel that they are not taken seriously. This might result in actions such as blockades and sit-ins which might be meant to persuade those in office to act on grievances even if they are against them.  

Demonstrations can be nonviolent or violent or can begin as nonviolent and turn violent depending on the circumstances. Sometimes riot police or other forms of law enforcement become involved In other cases, to prevent clashes between rival groups, or to prevent a demonstration from spreading and turning into a riot.

The security forces are mostly gifted with a pre emptive foresight which allows them to stop the demonstrations on a hunch that it may become violent. A democratic society strives in a peaceful environment. So peace and democracy makes demonstrations society friendly.

Demonstrations are a form of activism, usually taking the form of a public gathering of people in a rally or walking in a march. Thus, the opinion is demonstrated to be significant by gathering in a crowd associated with that opinion.

Demonstrations can promote a viewpoint (either positive or negative) regarding a public issue, especially relating to a perceived grievance or social injustice. A demonstration is usually considered more successful if more people participate.

Despite the measures taken to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Zimbabwe which resulted in a large number of people being forced to stay in their homes, the opposition has created a great expectation of a life changing demonstration on the 31st July 2020. The theme of the demonstration is ZANU PF MUST GO.
The goal of these agitators is to put more pressure on the authorities to abdicate power while expressing their aspirations for a purported prosperous and bright future for all people, without exception.

Will the protesters observe the health protection requirements and work to keep a majority of the protesters in the country safe from Corona. This demonstration is coming at the time when Zimbabwe's COVID cases is skyrocketing and the deaths from CORONA is on a free ride upwards. Not even the law of gravity has been able to contain it. With our neighbours in South Africa dying like locusts will Zimbabwe have the audacity to slap COVID in the face with a demonstration which can be postponed to better times? 
Human rights defenders and activists continue to be like children who have picked up a greenade. With no care they are removing the link by emotionalising people and preparing them into a fight and pushing them in the killing zone of CORONA. All for their own selfish ends presented as national strife.

They would want to say people were killed by unidentified gunmen, as the authorities fail to protect people from targeted killings, this will be said in order to raise the interest of their handlers who will benefit very much in a government they personally appoint to protect their foreign interests.

The protest of the 31st July is clearly defining itself as an unlawful uprising which clearly begs for the armed forces to invoke their pledge and what they swore on their oaths to protect the sovereignty of the state. Zimbabwe can not be left in the jaws of the cruel chancers who are afraid of participating in a democratic election.

Zimbabweans have their wills, filled with sadness, they are being led to the alter to be killed only because they want to restore their homeland and maintain and keep and protect the gains of the independence.

Zimbabwe's independence is watered by the blood of the heroes fertilised by the flesh of our fathers our brothers and sisters our relatives and our own. We have dealt with the opposition with an open heart and imparted the gains of our independence.

Now the opposition are sworn to destroy it by Covid or by fire as long as Zimbabwe is disturbed. This cannot be allowed. Zimbabwe does not need this insult. We are fighting an epidemic why attack the nation which is already fighting for its citizens health.

We have man and women in Zimbabwe who are ready to do everything possible to serve their country, city, and defend its rights, fight corruption, and urge that demonstrations remain peaceful but at the right time. No one with his head between his shoulders can say there is no corruption. We all are hurt with corruption but we do not sacrifice people with COVID so that few people will gain international recognition in and falsely accepted as human rights defenders.

After the Covid-19 pandemic began, we expected the opposition to carry out relief campaigns for the country's needy and to providing food in during these trying times.

Zimbabwe and it's peace loving people have  been violently attacked and vilified and demonised by the demonstrators and their handlers.

Now the illegal organisers of the 31st July 2020 demonstration set out in the streets of most of the towns including Harare to emphasise that the overacted unpopular movement will continue after 31st until protesters achieve the comprehensive reform that they were still seeking which includes toppling the legitimate government.

The authorities must fulfill their constitutional obligations not to violate public freedoms, including the freedom to peaceful assembly, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press, which can be respected while protecting public health. This means if the freedom of others is achieved by restraining the freedom of the trouble causers so be it.

With the novel coronavirus exacerbating already dire socio-economic conditions in Zimbabwe the police there find themselves facing double the work. Even as Zimbabwe's government grapples with a deteriorating economy and financial crisis on one hand, and the COVID-19 pandemic on the other, unpopular demonstrations have threatened to resume. Many of those wanting to protest are ignoring measures aimed at guarding against the spread of the coronavirus. The innocent are caught in the middle.

"Now that protests and movements are back amid the coronavirus outbreak, the biggest challenge faced by our peace keepers is to penetrate protests where hundreds of people are to gather without maintaining physical distance or wearing protective masks, forcing the police and the army to risk contracting the virus.
It is in the interest of the general population of Zimbabwe to declare a state of emergency until this virus is either managed or the treatment is found or it is completely over.
Zimbabwe needs to be brave and stop this madness.

Vazet2000@yahoo.co.uk

Source - Dr Masimba Mavaza
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