Deputy Minister for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Energy Mutodi, said that MDC president Nelson Chamisa has to step down in line with a recent High Court ruling.
In an interview, with Newsday senior reporter Blessed Mhlanga, Mutodi said that the opposition party should exercise democracy. Said Mutodi:
Chamisa has been ruled illegitimate and we are saying he must step down.
What we are saying is, the opposition may be there, but it has to stick to its democratic principles, it has to stick to the expectations of Zimbabweans so that it can contribute meaningfully to the success of Zimbabwe.
As it stands, the MDC has actually deviated from its democratic principles and we urge it to actually go back to the principles that were left behind by Morgan Tsvangirai.
… As a government, we know the importance of the opposition. The opposition is very important in shaping legislation, in ensuring that the country can be recognised as a democratic State.
It actually points to cases that we may have an oversight, issues that we may not be considered as very important, the opposition can talk about those issues and we take them seriously and build our democracy.