MDC Demands That Govt Re-imburse Money ‘Stolen’ From Citizens Through The 2% Tax [Full Text]

The MDC leadership of the National Standing Committee met for seven hours in Harare today and took stock of the deteriorating economic situation that has affected ordinary citizens, particularly with respect to weekly fuel price increases that have triggered further increments on the prices of basic commodities.

Of concern to the leadership was that the illegitimate government of Mr Mnangagwa has failed to deal with the burgeoning national crisis and the party resolved to take robust action in the near future on the side of the suffering people of Zimbabwe.

In any case, the leadership noted that the Mnangagwa regime was the biggest threat to the safety of the citizenry, judging by the regime’s clampdown on ordinary citizens and the proscription of their basic rights.

The party noted that there has been State capture as evidenced by cartels comprising top State players and a politically connected business elite.

It is these cartels that are stealing taxpayers’ money through illegal deals and other nefarious activities that have brought the economy to its knees.

The leadership also took note of the recent court judgement which ruled that the Mnangagwa administration had stolen from suffering Zimbabweans by collecting a 2 per cent transaction tax for over six months outside any legal framework.

The Mnangagwa government must simply have the decency of reimbursing Zimbabweans the money that it illegally collected from them.

Of major concern was the deteriorating predicament of the ordinary citizen as characterized by 18-hour power cuts as well as declining social services particularly in the health and education sectors.

Transacting platforms for ordinary citizens such as the ecocash platforms have been virtually banned, further affecting despondent citizens who now can barely afford public transport costs and other basics.

The party leadership resolved that it will soon embark on a robust programme to respond to the national crisis through peaceful and constitutional means.

Luke Tamborinyoka
MDC Deputy National Spokesperson


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