Mugabe listens to Studio 7: Chamisa

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has accused President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF of trying to outlaw radio stations that they listen to and comment on.

Nelson Chamisa, MDC organising secretary told thousands at a rally in Chitungwiza some 30 km outside Harare, that his party was extremely worried by the behaviour of the police.

“How can they honestly arrest people for owning a radio yet Mugabe listens to studio 7?” Chamisa said. “He told me the other day that he had heard me speak on the station and was actually appreciating my mastery of Shona.

“You cannot successfully stop people from seeing because the people of Zimbabwe are much cleverer than you think. Mvura inorambidzwa ndiyo inotapira saka vanhu vanotonyanyanya kuteerera Studio 7. (The forbidden fruit is the sweetest, and people will continue listening to Studio 7)”  

While appearing before the parliamentary committee on Home Affairs yesterday, police bosses claimed that they are banning Studio 7 along with other extraterrestrial radio stations arguing they are enforcing provisions of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) which calls on parties to the inclusive government to ensure an end to their operations.

Chamisa criticised the police’s heavy handedness in confiscating the radios and cracking down on civil society groups.

Chamisa said Zanu PF’s behaviour exposed it to international scrutiny.

“There is no law in the country that outlaws ownership of radios, NGOs are harassed by Zanu PF agents but one wonders what harm they think Jestina Mukoko who used to read news for them and Okay Machisa can possibly do to them,” Chamisa said. “The international community naturally gets interested and they will blame the MDC for sanctions.

“Please stop preaching peace but practicing violence because we have always been victims of violence. Zanu PF will never win an election that is free and fair but we will never participate in a violent election. We however will not be intimidated because they can only kill some of us but certainly not all of us. They cannot stop an idea whose time has come.”

MDC Chitungwiza provincial chairperson Alexio Musundire said his party’s failure at the previous elections to unseat Mugabe was because of a flawed Constitution, adding the new draft charter set to go to a referendum in March is the “key to State House”.

“We are concerned with the next generation as opposed to the next election and the key to a new Zimbabwe is this constitution,” Musundire said.

“We must adopt it in order to deliver our president to State House because it deals with institutions of dictatorship. This constitution is our baby and not Zanu PF’s that is why we must overwhelmingly vote for it.”

A tripartite parliamentary select committee commonly referred to as Copac crafted a new draft constitution that is set to pave way for a free, fair and legitimate election. - Mugove Tafirenyika

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