MDC lashes out at govt over journalists attack


Mlondolozi Ndlovu

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Professor Welshman Ncube has condemned the beating up of journalists by the police.

Several journalists were on Wednesday afternoon beaten up by overzealous police officers as they covered protesters in the capital, Harare.

The MDC said that the protests are meant to ensure President Mugabe resigns.

“The Movement for Democratic Change MDC unreservedly condemns the barbaric attack on journalists covering public protests in Zimbabwe that are meant to force President Robert Mugabe to resign unconditionally,” read their statement.

The opposition party noted that they was need by the ruling party to respect the journalists since they were conducting their constitutional duties.

“In their attempts to shield the Zanu Pf regime from collapse, the security forces including the Police should respect the rights of journalists on duty. Scribes stay where there is news and every journalist’s destination at the moment is Zimbabwe where citizens are under siege for calling on President Robert Mugabe to step down for failure to revive the economy,” they added.

The opposition party urged the journalists to continue covering the demonstrations urging the government of Zimbabwe to respect their constitutional rights.

“The MDC is urging journalists to continue writing stories on Zimbabwe without fear or favor. The brutal attacks on the media  and peaceful protesters by the Zimbabwe Republic Police remains an issue of major concern in Zimbabwe.

“It is  the responsibility of the state to protect non violent media personnel during the course of their duties if operating within the confines of the law. The MDC is greatly concerned by the abuse of the police by some Zanu pf politicians to silence the people who have either disowned President Mugabe or those that are calling on him to step down,” they said.

The people are speaking and they shall continue to speak until the Zanu government in Zimbabwe  steps down.