'Dismantle violence infrastructure'

BULAWAYO - Sekai Holland, ex-National Healing and Reconciliation minister has warned civic society organisations to think twice before engaging the Zanu PF government.

Addressing civic groups in Bulawayo during the Open Society Initiative  for Southern Africa (Osisa) civic society’s conference on the future of Zimbabwe under Zanu PF rule, Holland who is also MDC Senator for Harare metropolitan, said Zanu PF was behaving like Ian Smith’s UDI colonial regime.

“Civic society organisations should be careful when dealing with Zanu PF because this is a military dictatorship in place,” Holland said.

“The infrastructure of violence is still in place in this country and civic groups should focus on how to deal with this disease before engaging Zanu PF.

“Don’t just talk about engaging without dealing with the disease of violence as this will strengthen the military regime.”

Holland also said Zanu PF was attacking the western donor countries but these were the same people who supported the liberation struggle.

“The donors which they are fighting and attacking now are the ones who supported us during the liberation struggle”.

Holland said the MDC will remain a viable opposition and will continue fighting for democracy in Zimbabwe.
Speaking at the same meeting, former deputy minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development  and MDC MP Jessie Majome said Zimbabwe was a highly militarised state and every state institution is being led by an army chief.

“The number of soldiers and police who are now in Parliament is so amazing.

“Even the prisons are now led by a military chief. This alone shows we are under military government,” said Majome.

In the past decade Zanu PF government has been accusing civic society groups and non–governmental organisations (NGOs) of being used by the West in the regime change agenda.

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa once accused NGOs and civic groups of receiving “dirty money” from the West to help remove President Robert Mugabe from power.

At its congress in the Midlands provincial capital of Gweru last year, Zanu PF passed a resolution to “flush out” NGOs and civic groups accusing them of being a security threat and working with MDC formations.

Majome said Zanu PF has already violated the new constitution just few  months  into government.
“By appointing the provincial ministers and demolishing  people’s houses in Chitungwiza and Ruwa, Zanu PF has already violated the new Constitution.”

Comments (4)

Sekai Holland that stupid girl who is close friends with a Zanu-PF faction and leading a 'history project' at MSU with Mnangagwa and Ngwabi Bhebe. Does she think we're fools this old lady. She is now saying this because she was dropped by His Excellency from Cabinet. If you think I am lying you should have spoken to this confused woman after July, 31....she had lots of praises for Mnangagwa and His Excellency, exaggerating her own liberation credentials but now she says this. These people are hypocritical, its about their personal interests more than anything else

AMAI SEKAI HOLLAND - 28 November 2013

How is Zanu PF behaving like Ian Smith's UDI colonial regime Sekai Holland? Did you not know you wee dealing with a ZanuPF miltary dictatorship all along? Foolish woman.

Musona - 28 November 2013

But Smith did not have youths who roamed the streets terrorising people so this one is worse than Smith;s regime. Smith would sent armed police to arrest you but currently you are abducted by thugs. They are vebally and phisically violent.

Maita Manyuka - 29 November 2013

What violence are these MDC-T activists talking about. Everyone knows they were bruised on the 31st of July. Every time they talk about violence it sounds hollow - it no longer sells.

godfrey gudo - 29 November 2013

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