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MDC demo was peaceful, says Obert Mpofu

By Staff Reporter

HOME Affairs Minister and top Zanu PF official Obert Mpofu has given the MDC Alliance march a surprise seal of approval telling the national broadcaster Tuesday that the opposition protest was not violent.

The MDC-T and alliance partners on Tuesday staged a street march to demand electoral reforms from the Emmerson Mnangagwa government.

Mpofu, who is also Zanu PF politburo member, had warned the opposition Friday last week not to target President Mnangagwa’s Munhumutapa offices during their march to present a petition at the ZEC offices.

But after a largely incident free march by Zanu PF’s main rivals, Mpofu admitted the protest was clean.

“The demonstration went on according to agreed terms and there were no incidents; which is what we expect from a mature democracy. We want to continue appealing to political parties to exercise restraint in conducting their democratic political business and not to interfere with the rights of the public who are not involved with such actions,” he said.

The stance by a Zanu PF official is a surprise departure from the situation during former President Robert Mugabe’s rule as the party and its media were always keen on portraying anti-government protests in bad light.

Gary Murambiwa
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