by DANAI MWARUMBA
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWE’S ruling party suspects influential western nations are eager to effect regime change to culminate in the country undergoing similar instability as those in Libya and Venezuela.
A senior official of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) raised fears in China during a meeting with officials from the governing Communist Party of China (CPC).
Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, ZANU-PF chairperson and Zimbabwe Minister of Defence, alleged Britain, European Union (EU) and the United States were working with the opposition and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to stifle economic revival and spark a revolt.
“We are really under siege,” she said in Beijing where she led a 12-member delegation of ZANU-PF.
The delegation met the Chinese minister of international relations, Song Tao.
“After what has happened in Venezuela, what has happened in Libya, we remain cautious because we continue to be under serious bashing, even on social media.”
Libya and Venezuela are suffering instability, which is partly blamed on the influence of the West, mainly America.
Muchinguri-Kashiri alleged in Zimbabwe, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) was working with 35 000 NGOs funded by America, Britain and EU to implement regime change.
These, she said, had disputed the outcome of last year’s general elections won by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and were fuelling unrest.
MDC is reportedly planning another round of protests to express displeasure at the economic crises. The military shot dead 12 protesters in January.
Muchinguri-Kashiri appealed to CPC to assist Zimbabwe’s economic revival.
Zimbabwe has sought partnerships with China and the East following isolation by Western nations over the years.
“We are here on the realisation that China is our largest and also a key international ally in our development since the time of our liberation struggle we continue to enjoy fraternal and cordial relations between the two countries,” Muchinguri-Kashiri said.
Tao urged ZANU-PF to adhere to a people-centred development approach in order to defy the Western-sponsored NGOs
“CPC takes people’s aspirations for a better life as the goal of the whole party. A party should cause institutional building to manage financial and personal affairs and keep the exercise of power within the cage of institutions,” Tao said.
– CAJ News