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Zanu-PF politicizing security forces to attack the opposition party

06 Jun 2020 at 18:38hrs | Views
The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has stooped to a new low, as security forces were sent descending on the MDC-A headquarters on Thursday night to help Thokozani Khupe's, MDC-T led party to take over Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House in Harare.

Armed Soldiers and police were used to help another oppositional political party which is being led by Thokozani Khupe to invade the MDC-A headquarters.

This can only happen in a mafia state, were there is no rule of law and the uniformed forces are used to intimidate the citizenry.

The battle between the two MDC's has been going on for ages. The death of one of the founding fathers, Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai intensified tensions within the party which led to the split and formation of two factions which contested the 2018 elections as separate entities.
Things have deepened ever since the March 30 court ruling which nullified the current MDC-A leadership.

The court ruling which was passed in March gave leadership powers to Khupe, who interestingly ran as leader for a different faction, under MDC-T in the 2018 elections.

Reinstating Khupe as leader of MDC-A is very unorthodox and validates the notion that ZANU-PF is behind all these squabbles. Khupe is being accused of being a ZANU-PF sympathiser, and having the uniformed forces help in her invasion of Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House only reaffirms these notions.

Two different MDC's took part in the 2018 elections, MDC-A and MDC-T. Both parties had different leadership and for a court to pass a judgement reinstating a political leader who ran under a different party brings to question the entire Zimbabwean judiciary as well as electoral system.

For a court to reinstate someone as a leader of a political party they contested against is perplexing, yet alone to send armed forces to help in the invasion of an oppositional political party is unheard of.

Fadzai Mahere, MDC-A spokesperson issued a statement highlighting that truckloads of armed soldiers and police had been used in this violent invasion of their offices.

This has ZANU-PF written all over it. Khupe has no mandate to instruct the unformed forces to bend to her will. The Emmerson Mnangagwa administration is playing a role in trying to cripple the MDC-A.

Khupe could not have managed to get the security forces to help in the invasion of the MDC-A headquarters. There is a man in the background pulling the strings.

The United States Embassy in Harare issued a statement, "We are dismayed by the politicized use of security forces to take over the headquarters of an opposition party and arrest its members. A healthy democracy requires a healthy opposition."

Mahere said the violent invasion and seizure of their headquarters, with the army and police being used, "puts to rest all falsehoods that the recent attacks on the MDC Alliance have been driven by an interest in constitutionalism and democracy."

The most disturbing thing is that the two MDC's ran as separate, independent political parties in the 2018 elections and a court ruling on March 30 denouncing Advocate Nelson Chamisa as the leader of MDC-A has been the root cause of all these atrocious acts.

The court ruling makes the entire 2018 electorate process null and void as the ruling states that the MDC-A was never a political party, but just a union.

MDC-A leadership were arrested during this invasion, but Zimbabwe Republic Police, Spokesperson, Paul Nyati said he was unaware of the arrests and police involvement.

Amongst those arrested were the MDC Alliance co-vice presidents, Tendai Biti and Lynette Karenyi-Kore. Denial of having knowledge of the arrest of such top dignitaries, by the ZRP Spokesperson tells a lot about the absence in the rule of law in the country.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, leader of ZANU-PF has been heavily linked with the Khupe outfit and his government has been heavily criticised for the erosion of human as well political rights in the country.

The indefinitely lockdown which Mnagagwa imposed on Zimbabwe is being heavily criticised as a political gimmick aimed at crippling the MDC-A.

Long distance travels were banned in the country, but Khupe has been seen travel all over, trying to mobilise supporters. Her recent long-distance travel was when she visited the late iconic leader's gravesite, Dr Richard Morgan Tsvangirayi.

The indefinite lockdown has banned public gatherings, including political rallies or protests and long-distance travels.

All these rules seem to only apply to certain Zimbabwean citizens and others are exempted. Such behaviours are an indication of how the ZANU-PF administration turns a blind eye on things that fall in-line with their agendas.

It is not normal for any political party to invade the headquarters of another party with the aid of the police and the military.

This can only happen in a mafia state, were the rule of law is twisted to suit the will of the dictator.

Source - Prince Njagu
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