The National Patriotic Front party, known for being backed by the former president and his wife, has issued a statement calling for the resignation of President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The call comes after a day of violent protests in Zimbabwe that result in some deaths, several injured (some from gunshots) and about 2-0 arrested.
We post the full statement below:
NPF calls President Emmerson Mnangagwa to resign
Harare-14 January 2019- The National Patriotic Front (NPF) wishes to register disquiet over reports of loss of life in Harare, Chitungwiza and other parts of the country in the ongoing demonstrations against the debilitating economic decay bedevilling our country.
We note with concern the deteriorating economic conditions in the country since the unconstitutional takeover of government by the Zanu-PF Lacoste faction in November 2017 which culminated in the blatant rigging of the July 30 2018 harmonised elections.
The NPF believes in human rights, constitutionalism, rule of law and the sanctity of human life and therefore condemns the loss of lives we have been lately witnessing whenever citizens have sought to excise their right to peacefully demonstrate as enshrined in section 59 of our national constitution.
The current demonstrations are not an act of terrorism, but an expression of the general polity’s concern over our politics, last year electoral fraud and the effects these have had on our economy, quality of life and the security of individuals.
We hereby call President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government to resign en-mass and pave way for a broad-based platform for different social groupings in the country, including, but not limited to, political parties, civic organisations and the church to negotiate for modalities to institute a democratic transitional government tasked with returning the country to constitutionalism and prosperity.
We therefore urge Zimbabweans to intensify their calls for an end to the current socio-economic and political problems. We have a right, enshrined in our constitution to demand the resignation of the president and his government.
In doing so, we urge our members and the general public to demonstrate peacefully and respect property rights, the sanctity of life and the rights of others as we pursue our democratic and legitimate call to end the despotic and unconstitutional Mnangagwa government.
We believe every Zimbabwean has a divine duty to ensure we create an environment in which our people do business peacefully, enjoy their civil liberties and generally pursue their economic endeavours and happiness unhindered by the current despotic regime.
We owe it to the next generations to arrest the current economic free fall and as the late General Josiah Magama Tongogara correctly observed, “Zimbabwe does not belong to us, it belongs to the future generations” therefore, we should leave it a better country for them.”
It is our duty, in lieu of our posterity, to safeguard the very social and economic fabric that makes us, and defines our nationhood. ‘Iwe Neni Tinebasa. Umsebenzi Lo Umkhulu.’
Thank you and God bless Zimbabwe.
Spokesperson National Patriotic Front
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