Zimbabwe’s Home Affairs Minister, Ignatious Chombo, has warned that groups calling for a repeat of last week’s stay away will face the full wrath of the law.
The last week’s stay away started with an online activism ‘‘This Flag Campaign’‘ called by a young pastor. It resulted in closed businesses and a total shut down in most parts of the country.
The shut down was aggravated by a civil servants ‘ strike which saw nurses and teachers lay down their tools. The two groups had told the government that the only condition to return to post was to have their June salaries paid to them in full.
The evidence that we have gathered so far shows that the French Embassy in Harare and other Western embassies are part of this plot as part of their regime change machinations.
President Mugabe in an address to party faithfuls over the weekend said, the decision to strike over non -payment of salaries was not necessary, reminding the citizens that Zimbabwe’s problems were as a result of economic sanctions.
The Home Affairs Minister had earlier alleged that the protests in the capital Harare were instigated by the Western governments citing France in particular.
‘‘We have gathered from our intelligence that there is the involvement of Western embassies in all these disturbances that have been taking place … The evidence that we have gathered so far shows that the French Embassy in Harare and other Western embassies are part of this plot as part of their regime change machinations,” Dr Chombo was quoted by local media to have said.
The government is suffering one of its worst economic crisis with the inability to pay workers on time. There is also a currency crisis that has led to cash shortage. As a result, the government plans to circulate bond notes equivalent to US dollars in value.