Zim nationals march in solidarity with countrymen

18 Jan 2019 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 18 JAN (NAMPA) – About 100 Zimbabwean nationals living in Namibia marched to their country’s embassy here on Friday, to hand over a petition calling for an end to the crackdown on anti-government protests in Zimbabwe.
The attacks on civilians by the military followed demonstrations from Monday, sparked by an announcement that fuel prices would be doubled.
Reading the petition on behalf of the group, Luke Hari said they are concerned about their government’s obstruction of freedom of expression, repression of freedom of assembly and unconstitutional suppression of individual human rights of its citizens.
“We strongly condemn the government’s use of live ammunition on unarmed, lawfully protesting civilians, dissatisfied about the sharp increases of commodity prices triggered by the 150 per cent fuel price increase announced by president Emmerson Mnangagwa, just before he left the country for Russia,” the petition read.
The group has also called on Mnangagwa and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga to resign.
Group spokesperson Elisa Chambara told Nampa on the side-lines that there are many ways to maintain the demonstrators without shooting at them, stressing that the shooting may provoke and build tension among the people.
“At the end of the day it will just backfire on them. We want them to stop using brutal force,” Chambara said.
Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Namibia, Rofina Chikava did not receive the petition as she was not in office at the time, while entrance into the embassy by the group and the media was also restricted.
The petition was however handed over to an employee at the embassy offices.