MDC-99 to boycott poll, says Sikhala

HARARE - MDC-99 leader Job Sikhala, has vowed to boycott the forthcoming elections labelling the poll a “charade”.

The former University of Zimbabwe student leader told the Daily News that his party’s National Executive Council (Nec) will not contest the forthcoming vote.

“It is a well-known fact that Mugabe is a political bully who has no room for defeat in his heart. We are not going to participate in this charade, we are calling for a total boycott,” said Sikhala.

“...participating in the elections will not bring change to us,” Sikhala told the Daily News.

“As MDC 99, if Mugabe wins elections we know that he will have rigged them and we are going to take action after elections. We will plot a lot of mass demonstrations fighting for a new Zimbabwe. We will confront Mugabe’s dictatorship. There won’t be any foreign countries to help us, but we should stand up for our own fate as Zimbabweans.”

Sikhala attacked the coalition government which he said had done nothing to implement crucial reforms.

“The terms agreed upon when the inclusive government was formed were never addressed only to try to squeeze them in now. We want a country where the security sector is extricated from making political announcements.”

He claimed he had lined up candidates countrywide but they were no longer going to contest following his Nec’s decision.

“We are Democratic Party and if any one among our party members feels he or she is thirsty to participate in these elections, they are free to join parties which are going for these charade elections,” he said.

“We don’t want to be associated with a smelling skunk.” - Bryn Gumbo

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