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Chamisa's youths threaten protests after lockdown

by Staff reporter
06 Apr 2020 at 08:18hrs | Views
Militant MDC youths have threatened rolling protests soon after the 21-day national lockdown to force President Emmerson Mnangagwa to step down and allow the formation of the National Transitional Authority to prepare necessary reforms for fresh elections.

The youths said protests were the only way to end the current economic hardships, emanating from the persisting political grid-lock.

The Supreme Court ruling which on Tuesday ordered the MDC-T party to revert to its February 2018 structures and that MDC-T leader Thokozani Khupe convenes for an extraordinary congress within three months to elect a new leader.

However, the MDC Alliance leader has refused to comment on the matter since the Tuesday judgment.

But the MDC deputy secretary-general Jameson Timba said there was no reason why Nelson Chamisa should comment on the latest ruling as it did not concern him and had nothing to do with their party.
The MDC President Nelson Chamisa has been calling for a National Transitional Authority to be instituted to save the country from further economic collapse fueled by legitimacy crisis that continue to hang around President Emmerson Mnangagwa's neck as the 40 years old opposition leader remains adamant that the 30 July 2018 harmonised elections were stolen.

Chamisa says the country needs to embark on a political dialogue not for the purposes of government of national unity, but to restore legitimacy which he described as key in economic development.

"We are not going to accept a top down approach, but a bottom up approach.  It has involve clergy, civil society, communities and every concerned citizen of Zimbabwe."

He lamented how his predecessor the late Morgan Tsvangirai and his party were duped by Zanu-PF and war veterans on the political path the country should have adopted post Robert Mugabe era.

"Before the death of President Morgan Tsvangirai there was a unanimous agreement with our colleagues from across the political divide in Zanu-PF. The war veterans who were discussing this with President Tsvangirai Mr (Victor) Matemadanda would know this and (Christopher) Mutsvangwa would know this that there was going to be an arrangement of a transitional authority after dealing with our common man Mr Mugabe.

"But what then happen is that they reneged from that promise and then chose the path of elections without the transitional authority," Chamisa said.

Chamisa describes the 30 July elections as a coup which must be reversed as he maintains that President Mnangagwa is an illegitimate leader whose global re-engagement anchored on "Zimbabwe Is Open for business" mantra is not coming to fruition because of legitimacy crisis.

President Mnangagwa had since advised his political opponents in the opposition to refrain focus from politics and move one urging the countrymen to work together to develop the economy to which Chamisa said is self-defeating.

"Whoever would say we want to move on, are simply cheating themselves. We cannot move on under the circumstances of an illegitimate outcome of the elections which is not what people voted.

"If anything, instead of moving on we move around.  And when we move around we are then entrapped in this vicious circle of contestation and disputation around the elections and around the direction this country must take."

Source - newsday