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Zimbabwe: Chamisa calls for confrontation against the government


The Nelson Chamisa led MDC Alliance has threatened to launch a fresh broad-based confrontation against the Mnangagwa led government in the wake of deteriorating socio-economic conditions. In a communique signed by party national spokesperson, Fadzayi Mahere after the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, the MDC Alliance reveals it is gearing towards a sustained confrontation against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration. “The party noted the democratic right of citizens to protest peacefully as enshrined in section 59 of the Constitution and places all citizens on notice with regard to the need for a broad front to challenge Zanu-PF and mass mobilisation because Zimbabwean Lives Matter and the march is not ended,” the party’s communique reads. The anti-government protests planned for July were thwarted by police and state security launching a crackdown on opposition members and arrested the organiser, Transform Zimbabwe President Jacob Ngarivhume. The MDC Alliance NEC also instructed the leadership to go on a nationwide consultation programme in trying to find the way forward in the midst of alleged heightening deterioration of the country’s socio-economic standards.

Concerns were also expressed over Zimbabwe’s multi-faceted governance, economic and social crises, and wage erosion which have been compounded by the closure of the democratic space. The party said it noted the efforts of the South African government and the ANC in trying to find a solution to the Zimbabwe crisis and pledged its commitment to dialogue centred on comprehensive reforms, national healing and a return to legitimacy and democracy. The NEC also condemned rampant corruption around the distribution of Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPEs) and medical donations and called on the donor community to avoid government in assisting needy communities. “We call for NGOs to give aid directly to communities to avoid abuse by Zanu-PF. We condemn corruption in Covid-19 procurement and the use of the pandemic as an excuse to clampdown on human rights.” The opposition went on to demand comprehensive electoral and political reforms as set out in its policy documents as the party considers participation in free, fair, and credible elections as a necessary zone of struggle.

Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News


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