Breaking News

Mnangagwa's govt recognises MDC's 2014 structures

by Staff reporter
20 May 2019 | 5335 Views
ZANU-PF has been accused of meddling in the affairs of the main opposition MDC party.

These accusations intensified following a High Court ruling that appeared to stall the MDC congress preparations and hand the leadership of the party to Thokozani Khupe. After the ruling, Information deputy minister Energy Mutodi immediately called on Nelson Chamisa to step down, raising suspicion that Zanu-PF has a dog in the MDC fights. Our senior reporter Blessed Mhlanga (ND) caught up with Mutodi (EM).

Below are the excerpts.

ND: There is a High Court ruling on the MDC, what are the views of government on it?

EM: Chamisa has been ruled illegitimate and we are saying he must step down. What we are saying is, the opposition may be there, but it has to stick to its democratic principles, it has to stick to the expectations of Zimbabweans so that it can contribute meaningfully to the success of Zimbabwe. As it stands, the MDC has actually deviated from its democratic principles and we urge it to actually go back to the principles that were left behind by Morgan Tsvangirai.

ND: Why are you playing that role, in what capacity do you, someone from another party, speak to the other?

EM: As a government, we know the importance of the opposition. The opposition is very important in shaping legislation, in ensuring that the country can be recognised as a democratic State. It actually points to cases that we may have an oversight, issues that we may not be considering as very important, the opposition can talk about those issues and we take them seriously and build our democracy.

ND: The opposition accuses you of trying to weaken it by getting involved in its internal issues.

EM: We are not involved in any opposition politics, we are a ruling party and we are not going to be involved in whatever way. What we are simply saying is that if it is an opposition preaching democracy; that democracy must manifest in its processes. The democracy must be seen in its day to day running. The opposition takes time to criticise the government, to allege that the government is illegitimate, yet they themselves are not practicing democracy.

ND: Are you, as government or party, involved in this recent High Court judgment, because the MDC accuses Zanu-PF of capturing the Judiciary.

EM: Government is in three parts, Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary. This is a process of the Judiciary. There was an aggrieved party who went to court and I am sure this person is a bona fide MDC member. He approached the courts, saying the appointment of Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri to the deputy presidency of the party was unconstitutional and the court had to take its decision based on the litigation that had been initiated by a bona fide member.

ND: … and the allegations that Zanu-PF having manipulated the Judiciary?

EM: Zanu-PF does not manipulate the Judiciary. If anything, we want a Judiciary that is corrupt-free, a Judiciary that is well-equipped and that is what we are promoting. So, there is no way we could have interfered with the judgment of Justice Mushore. We are all aware that this judgment has come from the facts of the matter, from the merits of the matter. The issues have been determined in accordance with the laws of Zimbabwe and it is a requirement that the courts determine on those issues that a citizen raises, be it on political parties, be it on public law. So these are issues that were determined legitimately by the courts.

ND: Is this not the case of the pot calling a kettle black in the case of Zanu-PF? Is this is not the same manner we saw the takeover of your party from former President Robert Mugabe?

EM: This is not a Zanu-PF ruling, this is not a government ruling, this is the ruling of the courts, so there is no way Zanu-PF is trying to meddle in MDC politics, but once the court has given its judgment, we as Zimbabwean people who are concerned about our country, we are bound to make a commitment, an observation that; look the MDC has been saying President (Emmerson) Mnangagwa was not legitimately elected, he is there by virtue of having been declared by the courts. Now we are seeing that the MDC leader himself is an illegitimate leader because he imposed himself on the people of the MDC, now the courts have ruled. Chamisa, as a democratic person, should comply with the court ruling and ensure that the party is back to the 2014 structures.

ND: You have not answered the question; I am saying, did you not grab power in the same manner that Chamisa allegedly did?

EM: Zanu-PF has always gone to its congress every five years to elect a leader.

ND: Mugabe was not ousted at congress.

EM: That was not a Zanu-PF process; that was certainly not Zanu-PF. Zanu-PF had to come in after the (former) President had been earmarked for removal by the military. There was a military intervention, there was no way Zanu-PF could have intervened in that and there was no way Zanu-PF could remain without a leader because Mugabe had been removed by the military.




ND: He had been removed from government not the party; the military was not involved in the party, was it?

EM: No! No! That was not a Zanu-PF issue.

ND: Let me try and break it down. Chamisa was installed to power, rightly or wrongly, by the party national council, Mnangagwa was installed to power by the Zanu-PF central committee (CC) and there were arguments that the CC which installed Mnangagwa was unconstitutional because a number of people like Christopher Mutsvangwa and Victor Matemadanda had already been fired from the party but attended that meeting.

EM: For Zanu-PF, I can assure you that this is not the same issue because there were intervening issues. First of all, the President of the Republic, then Robert Mugabe was facing impeachment for allegations for having given his wife certain executive powers and Parliament taking measures to impeach him. The military had intervened in the process of government on a very clear issue that the status quo had broken down so that is why the central committee had to sit in a formally-constituted meeting to determine who would be elected as the leader or interim leader of Zanu-PF and then substantive leader. That is how Mnangagwa's name emerged. So this cannot be the same or some kind of replication or similarity of what is happening in the MDC.

ND: Indulge me on this: Zanu-PF has been campaigning for someone who is not Chamisa to lead the MDC. For instance, some of your party leaders were backing (MDC secretary-general) Douglas Mwonzora to lead
the party. What is your interest in appointing the coach of a rival team?

EM: That is not true.

ND: Victor Matemadanda, a deputy minister and member of Zanu-PF central committee, Douglas Mahiya and a number of youth league members were open in that campaign until Mwonzora was forced to distance himself from those statements.

EM: I am sure if they did that, they were expressing their own personal opinions and not the opinion of Zanu-PF because we would not interfere in the operations of the MDC. If they did, then of course, as Zimbabweans, we are related here and there. They are a lot of relationships that occur in politics behind the scenes and I am sure that is a personal opinion and not the view of Zanu-PF.

ND: Given this judgment, does government recognise the MDC as led by Chamisa.

EM: We recognise the MDC opposition, but the recognition comes through the law, it comes through the recognition of their own constitution. Now this is the constitution that has taken them back to the 2014 structures and those structures are what we want to recognise.

ND: Where do you get the 2014 structures because the judgment does not speak of 2014 structures?

EM: The judgment, in our view, said the genuine structures are those which were there in 2014.

ND: Can you take us to the point where it says that because it only spoke to the legitimacy of Chamisa and others and did not aver to structures.

EM: It says up to the time Chamisa was made vice-president and also Mudzuri and those structures and activities by the former MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai are unconstitutional, so what then it means is that, the structures that preceded the appointment are the legitimate structures.

ND: So the MDC MPs who ran with Chamisa as their president risk losing their seats.

EM: The election of MPs has nothing to do with political parties, once they are elected they are in Parliament.

ND: So why then can they be recalled by political parties.

EM: That is why we are saying the legitimacy of the MDC leaders is important because in case they want to recall an MP, it has to be done by a leader who is going to be respected by the Speaker of Parliament.

Mutodi Mnangagwa MDC


Disclaimer:
All articles and letters published on Bulawayo24 have been independently written by members of Bulawayo24's community. The views of users published on Bulawayo24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Bulawayo24. Bulawayo24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Source: newsday

Comments

Latest News

Zimbabwe's Educate partners with UK's SympliFi - Educate, a Zimbabwe-b...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Marvelous Nakamba set for big things with Aston Villa

by Staff Writer | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Cleric 'reveals' Mnangagwa plot

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 2 Views

Chamisa goes for the kill

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 2 Views

Mnangagwa top advisor quits

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 2 Views

'Zanu-PF won people's mandate and will not share it with MDC' - illegi...

by Patrick Guramatunhu | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Mnangagwa warns Zacc against abuse of power

by newzimbabwe | 23 August 2019 | 2 Views

Court throws away RTGS$ challenge - THE High Court has dismissed with ...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 2 Views

'Sanctions frustrating Mnangagwa's plans to upgrade riot gear' - JUSTI...

by Sytaff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 2 Views

2 die in Birchenough road accident - TWO people died on Tuesday when t...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Old Mutual adopts hyperinflationary accounting for its Zimbabwe unit -...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Beitbridge runs dry - BEITBRIDGE town has run dry following a major br...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Biti sues First Mutual Holdings for $15m

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 2 Views

Chamisa's MDC under siege

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Gweru shelves prepaid water meter project - GWERU City Council says it...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Chief Ndiweni finally applies for bail - NTABAZINDUNA Chief Nhlanhlaya...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Business partner seeks dismissal of Mombeshora's property claim - HARA...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Gunmen open fire on MDC MP's house - MARONDERA Central MP Caston Matew...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Dabengwa Foundation seeks hero status for Lesabe, Moyo - THE Dumiso Da...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Are Zimbabwe MPs doing us any good? - CITIZENS who take the time and p...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Bees sting woman to death - A 35-YEAR-OLD woman from Tsholotsho, who i...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Lulu ready for Chitembwe - HIGHLANDERS' head coach, Mandla Mpofu, is r...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Probe underway on Gonyeti 'kidnapping' - Government is concerned about...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Likukuma fired as ZTA boss - ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) acting c...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Prophet 'kidnaps' baby for prayer session - A GWANDA self-proclaimed p...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Demand for solar doubles DPA client base - DISTRIBUTED Power Africa (D...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

US ambassador dodges Mnangagwa govt

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 3 Views

Bulawayo woman brutally killed in UK - A UNITED Kingdom-based Zimbabwe...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2019 | 1 Views

Entertainment

Top 5 PS2 ISOS to play with friends you can get right now

by Staff Writer | 21 August 2019 | 143 Views

Rebecca Malope retires

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 August 2019 | 5610 Views

Zimfest delivers another 'phenomenal' festival

by Tidi Kwidini | 07 August 2019 | 638 Views

Should you be betting on reality TV show outcome too?

by Staff Writer | 05 August 2019 | 88 Views

WATCH: Jah Prayzah featuring Iyasa Sadza nemuriwo song

by Mandla Ndlovu | 23 July 2019 | 5735 Views

Muvhango star Marang Phala visits Prophet Sovi's church

by Mandla Ndlovu | 22 July 2019 | 9656 Views

Pure Black set to take Africa by storm

by Mandla Ndlovu | 04 July 2019 | 1002 Views
iBlog

Samsung Gear Vr Innovator Edition For S6: The Perfect Vr Intro For Professionals

we're drenched in talk about the impending wave of consumer-facing vr headsets about to hit the market, starting at the end of 2015. by contrast, you can walk into a best buy right now and pick up the samsung gear vr innovator edition for the galax... Read More
Sergey 20 June 2015 ago

What To Look For In Video Converter Software

looking for the best video converter software? you have to compare different video converters before making a purchase.the ability to watch video on different types of devices is a wonderful thing. not so wonderful are the compatibility issues that ... Read More
Sergey 19 June 2015 ago