The MDC is still pressing ahead with plans for popular protests to force President Mugabe to the negotiating table to end the current economic and political impasse, party leader Morgan Tsvangirai said yesterday.
“The main sticking poi
nt in resolution rests with Mugabe’s state of denial that Zimbabwe is in a crisis,” he said.
“The only way he can yield is to push him through public expression of discontent pronounced through a comprehensive programme of mass action.”
A series of meetings to lobby diplomats in Harare by the MDC before Tsvangirai’s tour abroad earlier this month had given the impression that the opposition party had put protests on the back burner.
Tsvangirai’s spokesman, William Bango, yesterday said the party was still on course with its plans to launch Ukraine-style protest and that the road map crafted recently did not preclude the party from holding protests.
Bango said the popular notion by the public that the MDC had time-framed the protest for this winter was mistaken.
“Tsvangirai was speaking metaphorically. The media has created wrong impressions that the party has abandoned its stated course of action,” Bango said.
“Even the Zanu PF government itself has failed to grasp the metaphor (and) they are in a perpetual state of panic and unsure when the protests will be launched.” Tsvangirai in March called on delegates to his party congress to “heed the calls from your leadership for a sustained cold season of peaceful democratic resistance”.