Wednesday, June 5, 2019

ED in a state of emergency of his own making


Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Nelson Chamisa has alleged that Zimbabwe is now under an undeclared state of emergency following the deployment of state security personnel in most cities and towns where public protests are imminent following the rise in prices of most goods and services.

Chamisa’s MDC alleges that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has deployed soldiers in cities over looming public protests due to the deteriorating economic crisis.
In a statement, the MDC said recent developments in the country have “exposed a failed government that is running scared of citizens’ demands to be governed differently and effectively.
“The country is effectively on military lockdown. Soldiers have pitched tents in high density suburbs, no reason of deployment have been brought to Parliament in line with Constitutional requirements; there is also an unconstitutional attempt by the illegitimate government to ban demonstrations and industrial action. Is Zanu PF declaring a State of Emergency through the back door?”
“Just last night, suspected state security agents raided Crisis Coalition in Zimbabwe chairperson Rashid Mahiya’s home, refused to identify themselves and banged at his doors. This is unacceptable.”
Seven civic society actors, Stabile Dewa, Farirai Gumbonzvanda, Gamuchirai Makura, George Makoni, Frank Nyasha Mpahlo, Rita Nyamupinga and Tatenda Mombeyarara are facing charges of attempting to unseat Mnangagwa’s government.
“The MDC is concerned by this dictatorial attitude by the failed government and its incapacity to lead this nation in any positive direction.
That is why we have insisted on dialogue as a way forward, premised on truth telling and an objective analysis of our national socio-political and economic problem, including answering the legitimacy question and dealing decisively with corruption.
“Zanu PF must know that any commands that stand against the people will not succeed. What is needed is a lasting solution to the economic woes arresting this country. An iron fist approach will not work, simple.”