National People Party’s spokesman Jealousy Mawarire has refuted the allegation that his party snubbed the Nera demonstration that was held yesterday at Freedom square in Harare. In a facebook post, Mawarire said that most of the senior leaders were unable to make it due to preparations for the upcoming national elections. He went on to say that members of the party were at the demonstration.
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We have learnt that a lot of people are concerned why some of our leaders did not attend the Nera demonstration today. I am sure Zimbabweans are aware that we have national elections to elect a substantive leadership for our party in two days time, a very important exercise in our democratic journey to ensure we effect the change of regime we envisage in 2018. Our people, however, attended the demonstration in their numbers and we really appreciate the spirit of togetherness and the unity of purpose they showed.
Those that believe the absence of particular individuals among our leaders is a snub of Nera make a grave mistake of thinking a political party equals it’s leader and therefore should always be represented by it’s President.It holds sway in a dictatorship, not in a people’s party like ours. There are parties where nothing happens in the absence of the President and it is that culture, entrenched in the political psyche of many Zimbabweans, that we seek to deconstruct as NPP. Our Vice Chairperson for Harare Province, Reverend George Chaparika, chaired the last preparatory meeting for the demonstration yesterday (21 March 2017) and if this isn’t participation at the highest level, then nothing can ever be.
Our people, the most important stakeholders in our organisation, took party in the demonstration and our youth wing, through our able youth leader, Farai Marvelous Kuvheya, mobilised our supporters to participate in the demonstration and issued out a statement distancing our party from disinformative statements insinuating that we were not participating in the demonstration. We were ably represented by party supporters while our leadership was busy preparing for our internal party elections on Saturday 25 March 2017.
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Jealousy Mbizvo Mawarire is a Zimbabwean politician, founding member and current spokesperson for the National Patriotic Front. He is also a journalist and the executive director and founding trustee for the Centre for Elections and Democracy in Southern Africa (CEDSA). Mawarire is well known for... Read More About Jealousy Mawarire