Don't monopolise Independence Day: Chamisa

BULAWAYO - MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has warned President Emmerson Mnangagwa against monopolising national events saying those days are over as this time around, they will share the platform during the Independence Day celebrations.

Zanu PF has in the past turned such events as Independence Day and Heroes Day into Zanu PF events, making it impossible for opposition parties to take part.

Former president Robert Mugabe also took advantage of such events to castigate his political opponents while entrenching his rule which ended in November last year after 37 years.

But Chamisa said this should come to an end.

“Independence is not a Zanu PF affair, independence is a people’s affair,” Chamisa told thousands during his address at White City Stadium on Saturday.

“I have told Mnangagwa that when we are celebrating the independence this year, we will share the platform. Chinhu chedu, kana usingadi abayiwa ngaabude (It is our thing. If you do not want it that way, then bow out).

Unfortunately, he (Mnangagwa) easily gets angry and the other one who deputises him (Constantino Chiwenga) is very aggressive,” he said referring to how the two are likely to react to the move for him to join them on the celebrations.

He said as MDC Alliance, they have since declared the month of April as independence month.

“We have declared the month of April the month of independence. Unlike these guys (Zanu PF) who think independence is worth a day. We feel that independence is worth a lifetime.

“That’s why we must dedicate the whole month to celebrating our independence,” he said.

Comments (11)

Chamisa should stop behaving like a sulking child after older kid refuse to play nhodo with her. Throw your own "bigger party" and bus in crowds from Bulawayo.ED can't spend a month celebrating independence when the country's business requires haste. Zimbabwe is in dire straits and you think we should spend a whole month dancing in the streets? Grow up young man, running a country is very much unlike running a Student government or even a trade union. Where are your priorities? Do you really think a Zimbabwean in Kadoma needs to ride a "bullet train" to go sell madomatisi pamusika ku Harare?

Order - 11 April 2018

Order hauna order muDZORO rako iro.unofunga zvekutamba chete,tikati celebrate hazireve kutamba mustreet .Uri dofo mfana.Wakafonyorwa pfungwa neBorder Gezi

MUTEKEDE - 11 April 2018

Truly agree with the you Mutekede,Order hauna ORDER

cade - 11 April 2018

all we can do is to sit and wait

Cosmas Ncube - 11 April 2018

I wish Chamisa could stop campaigning for ED by continuously mentioning his name even where it's not necessary. He must just do away with the other party's style where firing broad sides at other people and political parties is the order of the day. He must have his own Chamisa style and brand. That way he will become unique and more appealing

mabhengeza - 11 April 2018

But is right independence is for Zimbabweans;and political parties are not real enemies but siblings arguing for some point to their common good,their heritage- once belonging to parents is shared together with associated responsibilities like independence celebrations but however is political gimmicky to pretend to want to celebrate it for whole months when there are more important issues;it comes fr an idle mind

addmore gudo - 11 April 2018

Yeah agreed on Chamisa not using ED name each time he addresses his supporters. He just has to sell his policies. If he has a good cause the whole universe will conspire to help him out. ED this, Ed that is not the way to go. Nyama inonaka inotaura yega.

fatso - 12 April 2018

saying April should be the independence month doesn't mean people won't be going to work but we remember independence in April. Nzwisisai vakomana. Chamisa is right. No business will be brought to a halt. This is political language, don't literalize facts.

LMMD - 12 April 2018

i do wonder kana maZimba achinzi they are educated what that even means. to celebrate doesn't only mean toyi toyi mumastreet shouting names of ana Chitepo, it means we recognise them through interactive discussions, throught tv programmes, we respect even our parents who fought the war. and yes independence should not and will not be a ZANU affair, are they the only ones who fought in the war. If ZANU wins maZimba should never complain to God or anyone again becoz we all know those guys will never change. they spend time talking about nyaya yebullet train yakataurwa once and no one is discussing about the 5 pillars of governance he has been talking about. sometimes we truly are own worst enemy, not the devil or mweya yetsvina

doc - 12 April 2018

@Matekede, LMMD: Independence is everyday veduwee, On 18 April is the day events reached the peak but we cherish it daily and every hour! It's absurb to say we dedicate the whole April, as if during other days there is no independence. You should understand the meaning here, not running around confusing the whole nation

Objection - 13 April 2018

Why don't you then dedicate the whole year, if you can do it for a month?

Observor - 13 April 2018

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