MDC President Nelson Chamisa, who was in his rural Gutu home over the holidays, says he was shocked by the level of poverty and the collapse of his family’s small business.
He says the ruling Zanu-PF party is using food as a political weapon. Chamisa assures his supporters that the new year 2020 will see him turning the heat on President Emmerson Mnangagwa “in the fight for freedom and a decent life for every Zimbabwean.”
Says Chamisa: “I was at my rural home in Gutu this Christmas and I’m deeply concerned by what I saw. We are called to ensure that no one is left behind, to make sure that we protect the weak, poor and vulnerable.
“Poverty should not be used as a tool for oppression. The crisis in Zimbabwe is man-made.
“I also visited relatives in Bikita and Zaka. Where we once had small businesses and thriving townships, we are left with abandoned buildings and deserted towns. Parents cannot afford to take their children to school. Teenage preg_nancies are increasing.
“Crops in the fields are wilting and dying. Food continues to be used as a political weapon to sow divisions, hate and instil fear. Clinics have totally collapsed. There is no money and no food. This can’t continue.
“The solution to this crisis is political. It’s time for real change and reform.
“We will roll out plans and action aimed at restoring dignity, promoting development and pushing for real change in Zimbabwe, particularly in the rural areas. 2020 we will leave no stone unturned.
“We will turn up the heat in the fight for freedom and a decent life for every Zimbabwean.”
Chamisa has been under pressure from his supporters to take them to the “promised land”.
— Zim Voice