MDC leader Nelson Chamisa. Picture: TIMESLIVE
MDC leader Nelson Chamisa. Picture: TIMESLIVE

Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC Alliance will on Thursday hold a demonstration to protest against economic hardships and push for national dialogue to resolve the crisis.

Party president Nelson Chamisa is expected to address supporters at the Africa Unity Square in the capital after the march.

The party says it is demonstrating against “the 2 percent tax, for all workers’ salaries to be paid in U.S. dollars and to push for a national dialogue to legitimacy.”

Finance minister Mthuli Ncube introduced the 2 percent tax on all electronic transactions of 10 dollars up to 10, 000 dollars last month to raise more funds to finance social services.

The tax caused a public outcry, with many Zimbabweans lamenting that they are already highly taxed and struggling to make ends meet.

The Zimbabwean government has since warned the MDC Alliance that it will be held accountable if the demonstration turns violent and results in loss of life and limb or damage to property.

The warning follows post-election violence that occurred on Aug. 1, resulting in the death of six civilians and damage to property. Enditem

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