Zimbabweans should march against dictatorship and not support tyranny

Robert Mugabe

The African Union (AU), formerly the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), was formed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 25,1963. Thus, May 25 is a very important and significant day on the African continent.

It is a day that the whole of Africa commemorates the formation of the Pan-Africanist continental organization, the AU. On Wednesday, May 25,2016, the MDC, as a patriotic, social democratic political party, will be joining the rest of Africa in commemorating the historic and sacrosanct 53rd anniversary of the formation of the AU.

It is very ironic and indeed, extremely disturbing, that on such a historic day, the faction-ridden and beleaguered Zanu PF regime intends to stage a so-called million men march in support of President Robert Mugabe, a man who has single-handedly destroyed and trashed the hopes of millions of Zimbabweans by running down Zimbabwe's economy as well as establishing a personality fiefdom in which the fundamental human rights and liberties of ordinary Zimbabweans are routinely disregarded and disrespected. Thanks to more than three decades of the Zanu PF dictatorship, Zimbabwe has virtually collapsed into a failed State in which more than 85% of the population are living in abject poverty and destitution. It is a notorious fact that the majority of Zimbabweans are living on less than US$2 per day. In the land of plenty, only a few thousand people, mainly members of the ruling Zanu PF elite, are enjoying the fruits of our hard won independence.

The MDC unreservedly and strenuously condemn the proposed Zanu PF so-called million men march that is supposed to take place on May 25, 2016. If anything, whoever is going to march on May 25 should be marching against poverty, joblessness, hunger, destitution and corruption.

It is these ills that have been the hallmark of Robert Mugabe's unparalleled mismanagement of the national economy over the past few decades. Instead of massaging the personal ego of the man who has caused the pauperisation of millions of Zimbabweans by staging a totally puerile, purposeless and wasteful so-called million men march, the Zanu PF regime or whichever of its factions is organizing and funding this thoroughly discredited march, should actually be staging a march to publicly apologise to Zimbabweans for ruining and destroying a country that used to be the bread basket of Southern Africa. They should also be staging a march to call upon Robert Mugabe and his clueless and corrupt regime to immediately step down from office in order to save the people of Zimbabwe from further suffering.

We know that peace-loving Zimbabweans are going to be commandeered and force-marched to join the so-called million men march that is essentially fascist and dictatorial in nature. The MDC would like to call upon Zimbabweans to resolutely refuse to be abused and enslaved by the collapsing Zanu PF regime. The people of Zimbabwe deserve to be governed by a legitimate, responsible, accountable and transparent government that will assume political power through free, fair and credible elections. The Zanu PF regime is essentially illegitimate after it unashamedly stole the people's vote and rigged the elections that were held on July 31,2013.This is a rogue and renegade regime that has neither the political nor moral authority to remain in power a day longer.

Zimbabweans should draw a line in the sand and thus proceed to resort to all lawful and constitutional means that will ensure that the morally repugnant and insipidly corrupt Zanu PF regime is send packing sooner rather than later.

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Obert Chaurura Gutu
MDC National Spokesperson
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MDC’s emergency national executive meeting set for Thursday

MDC Vice President

The MDC national executive holds an emergency meeting on Thursday following the economically disastrous decision by the Zanu PF government to bring back the Zimbabwe dollar through the back door.

The party’s shadow cabinet convened today expressed revulsion at the decision to print bond notes which comes after a similar decision resulted in a meltdown in the country eight years ago. Today’s meeting expressed concern at the plight of the ordinary people due to bad policies and noted that the situation was likely to get worse, especially for ordinary Zimbabweans most of whom are now in the informal sector. The shadow cabinet meeting heard detailed presentations of how the cash crisis and the proposed bond notes would impact on all the sectors of the economy and the ordinary citizens.

After three-hours of intense deliberations, the MDC Cabinet resolved that the matter had huge national implications, prompting President Morgan Tsvangirai to urgently summon the party’s national executive on Thursday to enable the executive political organ of the party to sculpt a comprehensive political response to the economic madness. It is the party’s executive political organ, the national executive that will craft the political response to this imminent danger that threatens to plunge the whole country into instant instability and chaos.

Government’s decision to print the so-called bond-notes, with a value of up to $20, signifies a return to the stressing national times nine years ago. Ordinary Zimbabweans lost their savings; pensioners lost their life-time savings while companies and other institutions were shortchanged as the economy tumbled until the MDC presence in an inclusive government brought stability and unprecedented economic annual growth figures, which peaked at 12percent in 2012. It is the MDC’s position that the cash crisis which led to the decision to print bond notes stems from a crisis of confidence. There is no confidence in both the economy and in the banks, largely stemming from policy discord and the crisis of legitimacy arising out of the stolen election of 2013.

Unfortunately for Zanu PF, the printing of bond notes cannot be a panacea to what is essentially a political crisis that needs a political solution.

This government cannot mask illegitimacy under the veil of bond notes that are essentially sanitized newsprint. Bond coins, bond notes all point to the cluelessness of what has become a “bond” government that is running the affairs of State.

The MDC’s national executive holds its extra-ordinary meeting on Thursday, well aware that the country is on the brink of serious instability and that the bond notes will be the death knell to the country’s economy. Zimbabweans have walked this road before. They have not forgotten the dark days when they were poor “quintillionaires.” President Tsvangirai and the party he leads will do all they can to save the country and to return it to logic and common sense.

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