Nera demonstrates in Chitungwiza

HARARE - Opposition political parties uniting under the banner National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) have vowed to shut down the satellite town of Chitungwiza today as the anti-President Robert Mugabe protests continue.

After the police ban on demonstrations in Harare’s central business district (CBD), it seems as though Nera is taking the anti-government war to another front.

Nera organising committee chairperson Joelson Mugari said the demonstrations will take place in Chitungwiza only.

“Chitungwiza will be at a standstill tomorrow (today) as we will be demonstrating in all parts of the town from St Mary’s to Zengeza, Unit L, Makoni and other areas. People will march from various areas before they are addressed by Nera principals at various designated points of assembly,” Mugari said.

Nera principals include MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and former vice president Joice Mujuru, who now leads the Zimbabwe People First.

The call for protests in Chitungwiza comes at a time when the country’s law enforcement agents have been ruthless in crushing protests.

Nera’s head of legal affairs and MDC secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora, said given police’s response in previous occasions they would not seek clearance to hold their functions.

“We are going ahead with the demonstrations; with or without their (police) blessing. We don’t need their permission. We have the law in our favour.

“We are not about to negotiate the Constitution with (President Robert) Mugabe because the Constitution was negotiated in 2013 and Mugabe signed it.

“We are enforcing that which he signed, we are sure we are right,” Mwonzora said last week.

The Nera parties that are pushing for electoral reforms ahead of the 2018 elections had  a scheduled meeting with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission  to discuss the matter ending in deadlock last week after the process was  allegedly hijacked by “rented bogus political groupings”.

Mugabe has since declared that his party would not countenance any electoral reforms, insisting the 2018 elections will be held under present conditions.

Comments (1)

There should be nothing to negotiate with Mugabe and his group. We all know they are illegally occupying the position they are in. They have not won any elections against the MDC, whatsoever, they are thieves. We should do anything we wish to do, anytime. There is no law in Zimbabwe and the fight is about restoration of the rule of law in the country, among a plethora of other matters.

Yeoman Thomas - 23 September 2016

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