MDC Alliance’s parliamentary Caucus met at Harvest House this morning to give an overview of the current crackdown on its members and activists and ED’s call to a National Dialogue.
ED triggered last week’s protests
Prosper Mutseyami, the Chief Whip of the Caucus highlighted that about 5 MDC Alliance MPs have been detained and denied bail at Central Police Station. He added that one of these MPs Godfrey Sithole is in hiding and his younger brother was abducted again by Zanu PF. This gives a hint on the torturous nature of the ruling party who continuously break the law and get away with it. Mutseyami highlighted that last week’s protests were a result of ED’s announcement of the new fuel prices. He further attcked ED for starting the fire and jumped off on a joy ride.
MDC-Alliance faced more deaths: Mutseyami
In addition, Mutseyami pointed out that the government violates constitutional Human rights by persecuting citizens. He added that last week’s violence was multi-faceted.Zimbabwean security forces, Zanu PF vigilante and rogue thugs took part in the violence. Mutseyami is not certain of MDC Alliance members who died last week but according to their sources, 15 died. He also strongly believes that most of these are their members.
A dialogue needs people that really wish to get a solution: Komichi
Chamisa’s deputy Morgan Komichi ridiculed ED’s call for National Dialogue. “A dialogue is a platform that can be used to resolve challenges, however, a dialogue needs people that are serious people that really wish to get a solution.” Said Morgan Komichi. MDC-T’s spokesperson Linda Masarira also responded to National dialogue’s call from Zanu Pf’s leader, “The MDC-T led by Doctor Thokozani Khupe has always put the interest of Zimbabwe above individual selfish political interests, we are ready and willing and able to play our part in ensuring that Zimbabwe’s myriad political and socio-economic challenges are promptly and peacefully addressed and resolved.” Masarira said. MDC Alliance seems skeptical about this dialogue however MDC-T is more than ready to participate.
A GNU can be an option if agreed to by all stakeholders
Komichi made it a point that they are not concerned with Zanu PF’s factional fights but they are more than ready to support a party that stands by the people. During the press conference, Komichi alluded to the fact that if all the stakeholders agree on GNU then it will be taken.