The Pan-African research network Afrobarometer says the majority of Zimbabweans are in favour of a coalition government as a way of resolving the country’s political and economic problems.
Political analyst Ernest Mudzengi said that, by opting for a coalition government, citizens had indicated they had lost hope for reforms under a Zanu PF government. ‘Calling for a coalition government is a sign of desperation. They are speaking from history where they saw a change during the unity (coalition) between the now late MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Robert Mugabe’, Mudzengi said.
But Zanu PF secretary for administration Obert Mpofu said: ‘Our party does not recognise the so-called opposition party led by Nelson Chamisa’. He said it was only prepared to work with the participants in the government-created Political Actors’ Dialogue (POLAD).
Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda said Chamisa wanted a unified nation just like his supporters do. ‘But there is a difference between a genuine coalition and a bastardised one’, he said, accusing POLAD of being a bunch of useless people pursuing material benefits (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/09/fresh-push-for-coalition-govt/),
In a statement ahead of the MDC’s 22nd anniversary today, Chamisa said the party would survive despite Zanu PF’s determined efforts to destroy it. ‘The oppressor has used surrogates masquerading as opposition to impersonate us, usurp the people’s assets and to expel people’s lawfully-elected political representatives from elected bodies. They have even diverted public funds that we rightfully earned based on our performance in the 2018 elections. This money is dished out to their preferred opposition. The idea is to suffocate us politically and financially and drive us into extinction.’ (See: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/state-machinery-wont-destroy-us-chamisa-speaking-ahead-of-mdcs-22nd-anniversary/.)
The Herald tells us every day that things are getting better and better in Zimbabwe. It is always a cheerful read: the economy is about to boom and we are well on course to be a middle-income country by 2030 thanks to the wisdom of our visionary leader Comrade Mnangagwa.
It takes a cynical former finance minister like Tendai Biti to spoil the party. He says the Zanu PF regime is ideologically bankrupt and cannot transform the lives of suffering citizens. He accuses Mnangagwa of advancing a ‘dangerously unpatriotic agenda’ through rewarding the Russians and Chinese with secret mining deals (see: https://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/biti-exposes-mnangagwas-secret-deals-with-china-russia/).
Lovemore Moyo, a former speaker of parliament and now leader of the opposition United Movement for Devolution, says Zanu PF is unwilling to Implement devolution of power for fear it would deny its officials the opportunity to loot public resources (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/09/govt-fears-devolution-may-plug-looting-holes/).
- The Zimbabwean justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi says government workers who do not want to be vaccinated against Covid 19 should resign. Ziyambi said that, while Zimbabweans would not be forced to get vaccinated, those in the public service had a responsibility to protect the public by getting vaccinated. He added ‘ there will come a time when we will not want any teacher who is not vaccinated’. (See: https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/get-covid-19-vaccine-or-please-quit-zimbabwe-tells-government-workers-2021-09-07/.)
- Today we met outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. For the moment we are meeting outside the Embassy every other week and our next gathering will be on 25th September 2021. On the alternate Saturdays we will continue with the virtual Vigil. However, it was agreed that because we are now able to meet physically and the Vigil is about making the effort to join together in protest, it is not appropriate to continue the virtual Vigils in the same way as they were conducted when we weren’t able to meet. To be recorded as participating in a virtual Vigil your photo, taken with a poster with a message reflecting the situation in Zimbabwe, must be taken at one of the actual Vigils. There will be a small charge to cover admin costs, the ongoing upkeep of the Vigil and our support for the human rights work of ROHR, our sister organisation in Zimbabwe. The photos will then be labelled with your name, uploaded on our website, Flickr site and Facebook pages. Thanks to those who came today: Casper Nyamakura, Dambudzo Marimira, Ephraim Tapa, Jacob Mandipira, Jonathan Kariwo, Joyce Mbairatsunga, Margaret Munenge, Philip Maponga, Richard Munyama, Rose Benton and Rosemary Maponga.. Photos of today’s Vigil can be accessed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157719830708662.
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- The next Vigil. Saturday 25th September from 2 – 5 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London.
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- The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded as seen by the diaspora in the UK. It chronicles the economic disintegration, violence, growing oppression and political manoeuvring – and the tragic human cost involved. It is available at the Vigil. All proceeds go to the Vigil and our sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe’s work in Zimbabwe. The book is also available from Amazon.
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