Courtney Matende Midlands Reporter
Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Larry Mavima has commended people here for ignoring the call to take part in demonstrations called by MDC-Alliance on Tuesday.
He said Government was dealing with the socio-economic challenges being faced by the nation and was working hard to bring joy to the people.
“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you the people in Midlands Province for ignoring in totality the call by MDC-Alliance to participate in civil demonstrations against the Government because of the austerity measures designed to correct the economic challenges that the country is going through at the moment,” he said.
Minister Mavima said it was prudent for the people to know that the Second Republic had the people at heart.
He praised the people in Midlands for making a wise decision to continue with their day-to-day activities.
“You all chose peace and harmony,” said Minister Mavima.
“I want to assure you that we will never tolerate any acts or civil disobedience in the Midlands Province that bring with them violence and destruction of private, public property and in some cases personal injury.
“Again, you demonstrated to the whole country, in fact the whole world, that as ‘Midlanders’ you are law-abiding citizens and you respect the rule of law and the constitutionally-elected Government.”
Minister Mavima urged the people to continue being disciplined, adding that demonstrations only result in destruction of property.
“May you continue promoting peace and let us find each other in dialogue and not in mass destructive demonstrations,” he said.
MDC-Alliance had tried to mobilise people to demonstrate against measures being undertaken to correct the country’s economic situation.
Previous demonstrations called by the opposition party turned violent.