Harare - The Zanu-PF Youth League has warned protesters against attempts to "disturb" President Robert Mugabe from delivering election promises, according to reports in local media on Thursday.
The NewZimbabwe reported that thousands of Zanu-PF youths took to the streets on Wednesday in support of their leader, while denouncing government critic, Pastor Evan Mawarire, and his followers.
Mawarire, leader of the #ThisFlag campaign, has emerged as a threat to Mugabe's regime through his successful staging of a job boycott in the country a fortnight ago.
Following protests against the Zanu-PF government, Mugabe told Mawarire he should leave Zimbabwe if he was unhappy with the current state of affairs.
Zanu-PF Youth League deputy secretary Kudzai Chipanga claimed Mugabe was delivering on the ruling party's manifesto and should get the opportunity to carry out his duties undisturbed.
Chipanga said youths would counter demonstrations intended to destabilise the constitutionally-elected government, The Chronicle reported.
Zanu-PF's national youth commissar, Innocent Hamandishe, urged Zimbabwe's police commissioner, Augustine Chihuri, to stand aside and allow the youths to deal with those seeking to create "trouble" for Mugabe's administration.
On social media, many Zimbabweans expressed disdain for the marching youths and mocked those holding counter pro-democracy marches in Harare.
I wonder if those Zanu pf youth understand anything, ask any of them why they are marching,NO CLUE @ all,feel sorry for them#ThisFlag
— Mr nice guy (@IChikonzo) July 20, 2016
Fully support ZANU PF's #RentedMob marching in support of poverty, injustice, corruption. Now #ThisFlag???? must be allowed to march too
— Trevor Ncube (@TrevorNcube) July 20, 2016
Zanu Pf energies are misplaced. Rather than fixing the economy they are busying roaming the streets marching and protesting for no reason
— Tinashe Nyaruwanga (@tnyaruwanga) July 20, 2016
Zanu PF madness, marching in support of oppression, poverty, injustice & corruption. Confused!!
— Ngonie Mkapikoh (@NMkapikoh) July 20, 2016
So are the ministers kids marching with their fellow zanu pf youths? Or are these fools marching to put food on someone elses table
— Cynthia (@proud_dissident) July 20, 2016