MDC president Nelson Chamisa on Thursday said that his party is going to engage in demonstrations to have a change of leadership in the country.
Chamisa said the MDC would invite trade unions, churches, and like-minded parties to come together to build political pressure using peaceful citizen action.
He made the remarks while launching the MDC’s new policy document, RELOAD, in Harare. Said Chamisa:
The world over, illegitimate governments are always fought. What makes people fight illegitimate governments is because they don’t derive their authority from the constitution and from the people.
Doing so is not a crime, it’s a duty of every citizen.
Wherever you go, we have a duty to perform that historic task, that revolutionary mandate to make sure that we have a legitimate government per the constitution, per the people.
… We’re going to have a peaceful and radical engagement with the problems of our country including confronting what has to be confronted in terms of the constitution.
The constitution allows for a demonstration. Leaders are changed through political pressure, and also through an election.
Where an election fails to do its mandate, political pressure becomes a necessity as in our circumstances.
Chamisa said that Zimbabwe is has a serious political and socio-economic crisis whose solution requires extreme urgency.
He called for bold action to be taken to avoid an impending catastrophe.