MDC should denounce Zwambila, Makuvise

EDITOR — The move by Ambassadors, Hebson Makuvise and Jacqueline Zwambila, who for the past four years represented Zimbabwe in Germany and Australia respectively, to seek asylum status in the respective countries in which they represented Zimbabwe, should be condemned in the strongest of terms by their party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai.

It is shameful to have such high profile members from the MDC turn against the country they represented and come up with flimsy reasons portraying the country as not safe to live in.

The MDC should show the international community and the people of this country that political shenanigans by its top officials are not welcome and the party should come out from its shells and denounce such political mischief by its former trusted envoys.

The party should issue a statement rubbishing such behaviour by Zwambila and Makuvise.

It should show the world that Zimbabwe is a democratic country which allows existence of other political parties hence the composition of the House of Assembly in which three political parties and independent candidates are found.

The party should seek relevance in the country by clearly disassociating itself from such claims by Zwambila and Makuvise who are trying to portray Zimbabwe as unsafe for them.

A party like the MDC, which has some of the best lawyers as Members of Parliament, should see that the era of cheap politics in which its members used to claim false allegations of persecutions by Zanu PF is no longer welcome in these days.

Its members and supporters, who used to apply for asylum in countries like the United Kingdom (UK), Australia, Germany, and United States of America (USA) and even in South Africa claiming persecution at the hands of Zanu PF, should realise that the issue of asylum is no longer a saleable idea that would bring their stay in those countries.

The cases of Makuvise and Zwambila applying for political asylum in countries which they worked as ambassadors are bizarre incidents which the MDC-T should feel betrayed by its nominees.

It is wise for the MDC-T to be clear and straightforward in trying to clear its name for its benefit as 2018 harmonised elections are fast coming.

It is no longer necessary for the MDC-T to be silent and think that the people would buy Zwambila and Makuvise`s allegations that the country is not safe and that opposition members are still facing persecutions from Zanu PF supporters.

Mukachana Hanyani,

Harare

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