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A long wait to freedom

05 Mar 2020 at 08:55hrs | Views
The road to political , economic and democratic space in Zimbabwe has never been so easy and rosy.

When the opposition labour party MDC was formed in 1999 following a spate of poor economic performance by Zanu PF government that is when all hell broke loose and life for the ordinary Zimbabweans has never been the same.

The Zanu PF Mugabe led government also claimed that the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the main opposition party was formed to protect the interests of the white communities and was standing in the way of achieving economic justice to the sovereignty country.

Alternatively more government ministers continued to milk down the country through stealing from the government coffers and some were involved in corrupt activities costing the government millions of dollars.

The main opposition political party MDC was not given a platform to air the grievances towards poor governance and always faced resistance.

Whenever opposition wanted to conduct a rally it was met with a lot of resistance from the police which worked under instructions from the ruling party. The POSA and AIPPA pieces of legislation were enacted and crafted especially for the main opposition party for mainly the purpose of twarting any opposition movements.

If you were a member of the opposition criticising government policies you were systematically tortured, harassed and abused.

In some other incidents the oppositon leaders faced some bashings from the police and at one time the late leader of MDC Mr Morgan Tsvangirayi, NCA leader Lovemore Madhuku and former MDC-M leader Auther Guzeni Mutambara were beaten at Zimbabwe groundsbin Highfield when they were conducting a poltical rally.

To date a number of people have been killed and over thousands of people have been treated for injuries sustained from politically related violence. Human rights groups in Zimbabwe have been unable to document all the cases of violence as their movements have been severely restricted and some of them have fallen victim to the violence.

Violence has been particularly concentrated in rural areas where Zanu PF is a stronghold. In those areas the opposition was not even allowed to go and campaign and would face stiff resistance from the ruling party.

Those who were supporting the opposition were severly punished by burning their houses and or denied food donations.

A number of farm workers were also disturbed as Zanu PF militias continued with their onslaught on members of the opposition accusing them of selling out to the British and the Americans.

The revolutionary party has been holding on to power through intimidation of voters and would unleash the youths with Operations like "Makavhotera papi" ( Where did you put your vote). The ruling party still uses food as a political weapon to attain its objective of luring votes.

Rice and maize meal is still distributed on partisanship and members of the opposition are told to go and get sanctions as part of their food because they asked for them.

The party has been battling for a long time with factionalism and tribalism on the expense of fixing the economy. The economy continued to worsen and this led to mass migration of professionals and other skills to neighbouring countries as they could not stand the harsh economic environment in the country.

When the late President Mugabe was ousted through a stunning military coup the whole country had a fresh political breath but alas life became worse. The new republic has failed to live to the billing.

Members of the opposition are still being harassed and the party is still expelling its members without going through a fair trial for speaking against corruption. There is chaos everywhere and all hope has been lost.


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