President Emmerson Mnangagwa issued a heavy threat to the country’s lawyers and doctors.

A seemingly furious Mnangagwa released veiled threat to doctors and lawyers whom he accused of being accessories in last month’s stayaway that turned violent.

Speaking at a Zanu PF “thank you” rally, Mnangagwa said rioters were buoyed by doctors and lawyers as they went about looting and burning public and private property.

“They told them that if anyone gets arrested, they should go to a certain place, there are lawyers waiting to defend them. If anyone gets hurt, they should go to a certain place, there are doctors waiting to treat them,” he said.

“We are now going after those doctors who were involved in those activities.

“Those lawyers that were inciting violence, we are now going after them. So those who choose violence, we are prepared,” Mnangagwa told the Zanu PF crowd.

According to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), an estimated 1,100 people were arrested – 441 in Bulawayo and 249 in Harare, while Midlands province recorded 201 arrests, with the rest coming from other areas of the country.

President Mnangagwa, at the same rally, claimed the MDC Alliance and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were preparing for a second round of riots.

The state was ready for them, should they go ahead, he said.

“We will sort them out. Those that want peace, stay at home, so that we deal with those that want violence,” he roared.