via GNU compromised opposition, students – New Zimbabwe 06/09/2015
THE inclusive government demobilised the opposition and pro-democracy organisations by “compromising” and “weakening” them to the extent of taking a back seat while the country continues “burning”, a student leader has said.
The Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) leader Gilbert Mutubuki said this Friday in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com.
This was during ZINASU’s first stakeholders meeting at the University of Zimbabwe held with the aim of “mobilising” students to challenge government to address the “suffering” workers.
“The Government of National Unity demobilised our members and greatly compromised the opposition and the civil society but as students what we are doing to bring back the spirit of protesting and shaking government is that we shall be holding weekly meetings and labour forums meant to revive the old spirit,” said Mutubuki.
Mutubuki said the on-going job cuts have a direct negative effect on students who are the children and siblings of the workers and, as such, the students have an obligation to act.
“We are geared for demonstrations but we need first to mobilise and take everyone on board before getting into the streets and here today we are orienting first years so that they know where we are coming from,” he said.
“We are going to witness thousands of students dropping out from the country’s universities because the already stressed parents will now not be able to raise fees and to us this is very disturbing and we are saying action should be taken now.”
The power sharing government between Zanu PF and the MDC formations which lasted for five years from 2009 to 2013 divided the civil society.
Close opposition allies of the MDCs such as the National Constitutional Assembly and ZINASU which were synonymous with protests divorced themselves from the MDCs during that period.