STAFF WRITER 19 April 2018
HARARE – The US-based Zimbabwe Diaspora for Democracy Inc. and the South
Africa-based Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF) is petitioning government against
it’s decision to bar expatriate Zimbabweans from voting from their foreign
bases in the forthcoming key 2018 vote.
The two organisations, representing the interests of well over 4 million
Zimbabweans living abroad, have said they will petition Zimbabwe Chamber
of Commerce (ZNCC), government, political parties, and war veterans –
entities that the Diaspora group said represent the economic and political
stakeholders of the nation.
The groups said the Zimbabwean Diaspora vote is crucial due to the
economic contribution being made Zimbabweans living abroad.
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has reported that the Diaspora
contributed $120 million in remittances this year alone.
“It is incumbent upon the stakeholders who are going to receive the
petition to take the necessary political and legal steps to address this
constitutional violation and ensure the outcome of the upcoming plebiscite
will be adjudged free, fair, credible, and inclusive,” the groups said in
a statement. – Staff Writer