Saturday, 19 November 2016

COPS BREAK UP DABENGWA CEREMONY

Welshman Ncube’s MDC condemned police for breaking up a signing ceremony where Dumiso Dabengwa’s Zapu was set to formally join the Coalition for Democrats (Code).
Calling the reaction a sign of a regime that is engulfed in fear and confusion, one party to the Code sought to show their anger at the police high-handedness.

Police claimed the ceremony had not been given the green light by authorities under the Public Order and Security Act. Dabengwa eventually inked his signature on the Code document at the Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe offices in the capital.

The MDC said yesterday it unreservedly condemned the disruption of the Code press conference at a Harare hotel on Thursday.

“This, in our view as MDC, is a sign of a regime that is engulfed in fear and confusion,” MDC spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi said in a statement.
The MDC said they were badly prejudiced by the disruptive behaviour of the police and State security agents.

“We view the disruption of the Zapu signing ceremony  as an abuse of authority and serious misinterpretation  of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.”
Code is working hand-in-glove with other opposition political parties uniting under the banner the National Electoral Reform Agenda in seeking electoral reforms ahead of the crunch 2018 general election.

Code now comprises Zapu, Ncube’s MDC, RDZ, Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, Democratic Restoration Assembly (Dare) and Zimbabwe Union for Democrats (Zunde), with Tendai Biti’s PDP tentatively endorsing the coalition but still to sign the agreement.
Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC and Joice Mujuru’s ZPF are not part of Code.

The MDC berated authorities for attempting to stop the signing ceremony.
“This attempt to scuttle coalition building in Zimbabwe by Zanu PF through its agents dotted across the country will never work  and efforts to unite the Zimbabwean family shall continue unabated,” Chihwayi said.

“The MDC is committed to a united voice and united action against the corrupt Zanu PF government. As a coalition partner, the MDC will in future fight those shielding the regime from the embarrassing constitutional or political ouster.

“There is no deviation from the original regime change plan in Zimbabwe and any attempt to frustrate efforts meant to free the oppressed masses shall be resisted.”

For policy makers, they need to seriously look at withdrawal of investment,” Gundani warned. “Investment can be wiped out. It’s a concern for everybody.”

He said the supermarket industry is faced with the challenges of maintaining market share and profits in the face of competition from SA retailers who have access to cheap finance and funds for long term investments. Daily news

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