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Zimbabwe Not Worried About the 31st July Demonstrations.

09 Jul 2020 at 17:37hrs | Views
Protesters may organize a protest as a way of publicly making their opinions heard in an attempt to influence public opinion or government policy, or they may undertake direct action in an attempt to directly enact desired changes themselves.

Since the President Mnangagwa's inauguration, protests have become ubiquitous in Zimbabwe. The day after elections, thousands gathered in cities around the country for a march. But do these protests matter? We do find that protests do in fact have a major influence on politics, just not in the way you might think. Experience shows that protest does not work because big crowds send a signal to policy-makers—rather, it is because protests get people politically activated. In democracies where demonstrators are peaceful, their demonstrations do appeal to the authorities. Unfortunately, the demonstrations always go upside down because they normally turn violent which is received and responded to in violence.

Evaluating the efficacy of protest is no easy task. It's challenging to untangle whether a big protest actually caused a change, or whether that change would have happened regardless, because a policy was unpopular, and the protest is a symptom of that unpopularity.

On the contrary violence by protesters normally leads the public to support them less and less. People are now accustomed to negotiations not violence. When a protest group with strong public support turns violent, people may perceive them as less reasonable. In turn, this leads people to identify with them less, and ultimately become less supportive Protestors are not helping their cause when they turn violent toward their opposition. In fact, their aggressions could increase support for the very people they're protesting against,

Zimbabwe has its majority in self-employment, so anything which removes them from their jobs becomes unpopular. The more you touch their pocket the more you make them angry and less interested in your course.

Violent protests have become more common in Zimbabwe. since the 2000 election. There has been rising diversity of protest tactics, including the use of violence, by the opposition. Given that people typically react very negatively to violence, Opposition protesters who use violence ae turning off the general public, inadvertently making their opponents more credible. Because the opposition is a widely despised group known for violence, they have little to lose if they can draw out violence from the 31st of July. Violence does little, if any, damage to their reputations, Conversely, violence by the opposition can not only damage public support, it can also increase support for the government itself.

We hope that for activists concerned with popular support for their movement, they must understand the value of ensuring protests remain peaceful. violent activism typically turns people off, including potential supporters, and that it builds opposition to those who use it. If people clearly understood the effects of violent protest on public opinion, they might try harder to convince other activists on their side not to use these tactics."
It is debatable whether the increasing culture of protests in Zimbabwe harms democracy, but the negative effect they have on the roads and traffic is undisputed. Coupled with a bourgeoning population, and unplanned cities, various protests offshoot for different reasons can make everyday traffic and roads an extreme nuisance.

While protest is a constitutional right, it must be questioned how much of it is in democratic character and what good one is serving the country, if the protests keep the workdays from going smoothly and disrupts everyday life.

The opposition is dominating all the space in social media advertising a demonstration on the 31st July. The opposition is not mincing its words it is clearly saying that ZANU PF must go. The opposition as we have always been saying they do not have a reason to protest but to remove the government which was democratically elected to the office by the people. The opposition always misses the point when it comes to their purpose. The purpose of the opposition is not only to oppose/ the opposition is not only to prove that the government has failed.

he Opposition's main role is to question the government of the day and hold them accountable to the public. ... The role of the opposition in legislature is basically to check the excesses of the ruling or dominant party, and not to be totally antagonistic.
That political parties are key pillars of good governance, the rule of law and the protection of human rights in mature democracies. Today, however, there seems to be broad agreement that democracy is a system of governance where power and civic responsibility are, ideally, exercised directly by all citizens. Unfortunately, the practice is different. The people" typically exercise their power indirectly through elected representatives. Thus modern democracy is described as a system of governance in which rulers are held accountable for their actions in the public realm by citizens, acting indirectly through the competition and cooperation of the elected representatives, it is the responsiveness of government to the preferences of its citizens who are, in theory, political equals of the rulers, that is the key characteristic of democracy. Such responsiveness requires that citizens have opportunities to formulate their preferences, articulate them and have them considered in the conduct of the business of government. These credentials of democracy are, in turn, dependent on the following institutional guarantees  Freedom to form and join organizations (such as political parties);  Freedom of expression;  The right to alternative sources of information, guaranteed, among other things, by a free press that is unencumbered by restrictive state legislation;  Right to vote or be voted into public office;  Regular, free and fair elections; and  The right to private property. More recently, the list has been expanded to include the right to good governance. The right to good democratic governance is guaranteed by the separation of powers between the five arms of the modern state – the executive, the legislature, the judiciary, the civil service and the military. The doctrine of separation of powers is designed to build institutions that guard against arbitrary rule via a system of checks and balances. The biggest danger to the separation of powers is usually the executive.
But in all this the people of Zimbabwe are granted all and are supposed to be left to enjoy their freedoms without disturbances.

The opposition has been disturbing peace, has been literally provoking the government so that they can claim intimidation and have an opportunity to present to their handlers' flimsy reasons to interfere in our internal affairs.

Soon after the elections the opposition became irrelevant and in order to be relevant, they came up with an idea to destabilize the nation in the name of a demonstration. So this call for demonstrations on the 31st of July is entirely a relevance seeking action. This demonstration is to benefit the opposition and take them out of their internal problems. This was never a people-oriented demonstration. The opposition is all out to use the people once again and claim oppression should the police step in to quell any violence. It is a duty of every Zimbabwean to resist the evil thoughts of the opposition. Zimbabwe is very peaceful, and it does note need these provocative antics. If indeed the opposition needs to remove ZANU PF they must live by their democratic principles and take the party to elections. This idea of abusing the masses by playing with their economic situation, is diabolic, demonic and indeed satanic. As for the MDC A and Ngarivhurwe ust be busy consoling Chamisa Musha uchiri mutema and give us a break.

The police will not just sit and watch while a group of thugs on red regalia are making holes in our peace and future. The police will surely step in and step up. So the demonstrations if they become out of hand the police will be ready.
Zimbabwe must brace for another waive of lies, we will hear stories of abductions, police brutality and the world will be fed with lies. Being that as it may Zimbabwe must not be left without protection. If the police need at their pleasure to maintain peace and apply very minimum force they are more than free to do so.
Zimbabweans must stay away from the demonstration which is only meant to boost the image of the opposition which is now taking a serious downturn.

Vazet2000@yahoo.co.uk



Source - Dr Masimba Mavaza
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