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'MDC risks losing public trust'

by Mandla Ndlovu
06 May 2020 at 16:18hrs | Views
The opposition party MDC risks losing public confidence if they do not challenge ZANU PF's   abuse of public institutions, a legal expert Alex Magaisa has said.

Magaisa made the remarks in a Twitter thread when commenting on the legal hustle between the main MDC and the smaller faction of the MDC led by Thokozani Khupe.

Read the full statement below:

A known unknown: the ruling party and parliamentary leadership haven't forgiven the MDC Alliance for sustained acts of defiance such as refusal to acknowledge ED when he comes to Parliament. It hurts him. They've just found convenient proxies to enforce punishment

It would be foolhardy for MDC Alliance MPs to imagine it can still be business as usual. Speaker Mudenda has just placed them under the guardianship of Thokozani Khupe, who was their rival at the elections. It's an insult to voters who overwhelmingly rejected her and her party

It's only in deeply corrupt Zimbabwe where you can contest and win elections under one party & one leader but, with the help of the state and the ruling party, another leader and another party can remove you from Parliament and it's considered perfectly lawful.

You have Khupe who is unelected; Mwonzora and Komichi who are in the Senate by virtue of proportional representation have the audacity to recall MPs who were voted directly into office by the people. For no reason except a claim to power. The absurdity doesn't even occur to them

If it was a matter of principle, Mwonzora and Komichi, who were elected to the Senate on the basis of a party-list system (that party being the MDC Alliance) would have resigned since they chose to abandon that party. But it's not about principle. It never was.

ZANU PF under ED is not up for gentlemanly politics anymore. The strategy is one of asphyxiation of the opposition, using willing instruments within the opposition and political referees. Short of radical measures, we're witnessing a slow and painful death of opposition politics

If the MDC Alliance does not yet feel the asphyxiation that we are witnessing, when it does it will be too late. ZANU PF under ED has broken all the taboos; the things that even MPs always a club across party lines, would not do to each other. They've crossed the Rubicon.

The MDC Alliance will lose public trust if it does not take a firm stand against plain abuse of institutions by ZANU PF and its surrogates. Since the surrogates think they have the power of recall, the best way to disarm them is to take it away. Restart the system.

Source - Byo24News

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