Chaos as Zanu PF thugs clash with police at MDC Alliance vice president Tendai Biti’s offices


ROWDY Zanu PF members yesterday gathered at MDC Alliance vice-president Tendai Biti’s offices and disrupted the opposition party’s Press conference on its roadmap to ending Zimbabwe’s international isolation.

The youth, led by party activist Alex Gakanje, haggled with the police, refusing to vacate the private premises until the law enforcement officers threatened to arrest them.

MDC Alliance condemned violence against its members following two assassination attempts on its leader Nelson Chamisa by suspected ruling party supporters and State security agents while on his rural voter mobilisation tours in Masvingo and Mutare last week.

Addressing the Press conference, MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said despite the attacks in Masvingo and Mutare, Chamisa was determined to conduct rural outreach programmes in other provinces throughout the country.

“The key message that we get from the citizens that we engage is that Zimbabwe’s crisis continues to deepen. The crisis is characterised by poverty, injustice and chronic corruption,” Mahere said.

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“We continue to see the political implosion which calls for deep systematic political reforms. We continue to call for electoral, political and economic reforms so that Zimbabwe can return to legitimacy and democracy.”

MDC Alliance co-vice-president Welshman Ncube said there was need for respect of human rights to guarantee good international relations.

“We are aware that Zimbabwe has lurched from crisis to crisis, a political crisis for a very long period of time — a crisis of legitimacy,” he said.

“Over several decades now, we have had disputed elections after disputed elections, which arise because of the huge deficit in governance manifested mostly during elections. There are issues to do with the capture of the law, which have reached unprecedented levels which we never reached during (the late former President Robert) Mugabe’s rule.

“The violence which is taking place continuously and violation of basic rights established shows that all that is wrong with Zimbabwe.”

– NewsDay

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