Opposition MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa has indicated that it is planning to protest against the recalling of its Members of Parliament (MPs) by rival MDC-T.
Clifford Hlatshwayo, the party’s deputy spokesperson said plans were underway to stage protests as a response to “abuse of state institutions” by the ruling ZANU PF.
Allegations are that although the recalls are being made by the opposition MDC-T led by Senator Douglas Mwonzora, the ruling party was the one calling the shots.
Hlatshwayo makes the remarks as 48 MDC Alliance MPs including former Finance minister Tendai Biti, Willias Madzimure, Settlement Chikwinya, Kucaca Phulu, Sichelesile Mahlangu, and Regai Tsunga, were recalled from Parliament. He said:
Right now people are mobilising each other for a citizen convergence for change.
It’s about the people, not the looting elite in a dying party Zanu PF.
Zanu PF can’t survive on its own without abusing state institutions, and in fact it’s non-existent.
I challenge them face to face, no police, no soldiers, no courts, no state funds, no government inputs, no abusing of government ministries, no guns etc. They are dead.
This regime is illegitimate, it crooked it’s way to the state house, using the Supreme Court, Zimbabwe Election Commission, military and other institutions of the state.
Hlatshwayo added that recalling the legislators who were chosen by the electorate was an illegal move that will, however, haunt the ruling party in the near future.
The incumbent government has in the past blocked or ruthlessly dealt with protests and is likely to do it again this time.
Since 2019, a number of MDC Alliance planned national demonstrations were blocked while state security forces used sheer force to disperse anti-government protesters.
Reports of abductions surged immediately before the MDC Alliance plans with some arguing that it was the government’s way of inculcating feat into members of the public.
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