from SAVIOUS KWINIKA in Johannesburg, South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – A ZIMBABWEAN opposition party has lamented influential Western countries for the alleged meddling in the country’s domestic affairs and fellow opposition parties’ complicity.
Zimbabwe Communist Party (ZCP), which is based in neighbouring South Africa, also lambasted the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) Alliance for the recent visit to the United States where they allegedly advocated for sanctions to be sustained against the new government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa took over as Zanu (PF) and national leader after the military’s ouster of veteran leader, Robert Mugabe, in November.
“The visit of MDC leaders to the United States, now under the leadership of the not-too-bright, ultra-right Donald Trump demonstrates their infantile understanding of politics very clearly,” ZCP General Secretary, Ngqabutho Mabhena and National Commissar Ian Beddowes blasted.
The officials denounced the US’ role in the worst atrocities in history in such countries as Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Iran, Libya and Saudi Arabia, which are beset by conflict.
ZCP said in conjunction with its ally Britain, the USA ensure that Mugabe and ZANU (PF) came into power in 1980.
“And now they (MDC) are asking the United States to oversee our elections. Such is the country that the MDC leadership wants to assure a free and fair election in Zimbabwe,” Mabhena stated.
The party pointed out Britain sent its Minister of State for Africa, Rory Stewart, to engage with the new government of Zimbabwe even before it was formed.
“It has become very clear that the economic recovery of Zimbabwe under the leadership of Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Lacoste faction will now be
assisted by the former funders of the MDC,” ZCP alleged.
Ironically, the administration of Mugabe lampooned the MDC led by former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai as British-sponsored party seeking regime change on behalf of the former colonial master.
“Imperialist monopoly capitalist interests will now be served by the new ZANU (PF) government. The MDC is now redundant. They should now get over it rather than making fools of themselves,” Mabhena stated.
Last week, the opposition, led by Tsvangirai’s deputy, Nelson Chamisa, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Tendai Biti and Human Rights
Watch director for Southern Africa, Dewa Mavhinga, met US deputy assistant secretary of State for Africa, Stephanie Sullivan, where they allegedly called for more restrictive measures on Zimbabwe.
These measures have been in place for some two decades owing to alleged human rights violations and electoral fraud.
The sanctions greatly contributed to the country’s economic collapse, with companies closing down owing to shortage of the desperately required foreign currency.
– CAJ News