A number of weary Zimbabweans plan to join other President Robert Mugabe critics to stage a protest in the country’s city capital as a way of showing they stamp their feet against the president’s corrupt and tyrannical leadership in Zimbabwe
Despite the order for the protest match to go ahead, report from the state capital has it that the Zimbabwean security department has mounted its men all over the city to secure the arena.
The police deployed water cannons and anti-riot officers on the streets of the capital on Wednesday ahead of a planned demonstration by groups opposing the Mugabe-led administration and his party- ZANU PF.
Anti-government protests in August descended into some of the worst violence seen in the southern African nation for two decades as anger over economic hardship boiled over.
Not withstanding, the protesters are determined to take on their match to say no to the president’s numerous policies alongside his government’s decision to take over the purchase of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits from the United Nations.
A new group called NERA (the National Electoral Reform Agenda) initiated the protest match against government’s plans on the BVR kit needed to compile a new voters’ roll ahead of the 2018 polls.
NERA is not a formal coalition of Zimbabwe opposition parties, but the group has taken it upon itself to spearhead the fight for electoral reform in the country.
Zimbabweans were initially in support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to be in charge of the procurement only to be informed later on that government was taking over the process.
The new decision by the Zimbabwean government raised the fear that Mugabe’s ZANU-PF would use it to make it easier for President Mugabe who vows to return in 2018, to skew the list of eligible voters in his favour.