Dethroned Chief Ndiweni Calls For Diaspora Vote

Calls for the government of Zimbabwe to allow citizens in the diaspora to vote have intensified with MyRight2Vote, a Zimbabwean group led by the dethroned Ntabazinduna Chief Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni, the latest to add its voice to the demand.

In a recent document, MyRight2Vote accused the government of hypocrisy by enjoying huge diaspora remittances while denying those who give it the remittances the opportunity to choose their government representatives through actualising the diaspora vote.

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya recently announced that diaspora remittances for 2020 hit US$1 billion. MyRight2Vote said:

This is very significant. This figure equates to the totality of reserves, which the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has.

It is the full Zimbabwean mortgage, as a country. Our total worth as a country. Profound indeed.

Yet this Zimbabwean diaspora is by policy, denied the human Right to vote in all Zimbabwean plebiscites.

This position by the government of Zimbabwe amounts to ‘Taxation without representation’. Democracy, by definition, completely rejects such a position.

MyRight2Vote seeks to give the Zimbabwean diaspora a voice since they are taxpayers in Zimbabwe even though they live in the diaspora.

In this regard, there will be initiatives by MyRight2Vote, the Zimbabwean diaspora and the international arena to effect ethical financial services, with respect to these remittances.

The group seeks to have the diaspora allowed to vote in legislative and presidential polls in the next general election in 2023.

The ZANU PF government has been accused of stifling efforts to ensure the diaspora voted for fear the numerous economic refugees domiciled outside the country could tilt the vote in favour of the opposition.

More: Zimbabwe Independent

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4 comments on “Dethroned Chief Ndiweni Calls For Diaspora Vote

  1. The ex chief is hoping for self recovery if the governing party loses elections. We do not need diaspora votes to validate our democracy. We have adequate democratic voters at home. The issue is that our government is sovereign. It should have freedom from neo colonial forces on how it run elections. Why should we expect our government to conduct elections in hostile sanctions supporting diaspora? Cui bono? Politically, we have electoral quorum at home to validate elections. Sanctions brewed the diaspora vote issue. Why did the issue not rise before the sanctions induced diaspora? Why did Ndiweni not raise the issue when he was in the diaspora? Kkkkkkki.

  2. I am told that the country-wide impending power loadshedding is not due to sanctions, but totally due to gross mismanagement of govt and Zesa since independence.

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