I'm not a dictator — Chamisa

HARARE - MDC president Nelson Chamisa, has rubbished accusations that he is a dictator, saying he is only out to protect his party from Zanu PF’s bid to overtake MDC party mayors.

Chamisa recently axed mayors in Victoria Falls, Chitungwiza, Masvingo and Bulawayo barely weeks after they assumed power, a move some say show the MDC leader’s dictatorial tendencies.

“Many people are saying Chamisa is a dictator; he is this and that, what have I done. I’m not a dictator, I am not confused either and I am such a sweet guy who deserves all the good things.

“Some people are saying I am tribal but I figure that only weak people hide behind tribe, race colour, class and all that.”

He added that some are saying he refused devolution, when in actual fact he is a champion for devolution.

On the issue of MDC mayors, he said Zanu PF connived with certain people to bribe their councillors because it has no councillors.

“They have turned some of our mayors and councillors to be theirs,” he said.

“A prospective mayor who is a councillor has to apply to be considered, they go through interviews and panels and we are given recommendations.

“The process is simple but I see there is a lot of confusion and I do not know where it’s coming from.”

Meanwhile, the MDC has vowed to go ahead with its planned demonstration despite recent government warnings against such actions.

MDC organising secretary Amos Chibaya told the Daily News it is the democratic right for every disgruntled citizen to protest and nothing will stop them in their quest to express their displeasure.

He rubbished recent statements by Home Affairs minister Cain Mathema who told State media on Tuesday that the police were on high alert following his pronouncements over the weekend (while addressing his supporters in Beitbridge) that his party will soon be embarking on demonstrations to force government to take note of suffering Zimbabweans’ pleas.

Chibaya described it as total madness. “In this country nobody is above the law. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It’s the democratic right for each and every disgruntled person to demonstrate. It’s not as if we are going to engage in a violent process, we are going to engage in a peaceful way.

“These threats are meant to intimidate the people when we call for the demonstrations, but Zimbabweans are intelligent, they know their rights. The demonstrations are definitely going ahead as planned.”

He said they will this week give an update on the actual date and how they are going to conduct the demonstration.

“We will do everything that is required in terms of the law, we are not going to fight the police. The Supreme Court ruled that the police have no power to deny people the right to demonstrate. The law says, you simply notify the police,” he said.

He also said the MDC is now seeking donations to fund campaigns for the upcoming Mutoko North by-election.

Chibaya said: “Our supporters know how to help the party and we are looking to our supporters to fund the struggle in Mutoko North.

Zanu PF has taken all national resources to fund their programmes. The State of the economy is not good but Zanu PF has all the resources to use. The playing ground is not level they are still abusing State media.”

The party has launched an EcoCash platform in order to get donations from supporters.

Comments (8)

These are the signs of fatigue and loss of direction in the MDCA. Everything they do is just childish! They alowed tajamuka to say a lot of rubbish at their anniversary rally - has anything happened!? Chamisa is clearly a dictator because he claims the majority of Zimbabweans support his crazy politics! MDCA leadership can say what they want in newspapers, but clearly on the ground, they have lost ground!

Mhofu Chaiyo - 8 November 2018

Vafana veMDC muchenjere kufa muchishandira musangano. Zvineproof here yekuti Mari iyoyo irikunoinda kwayakafanira uye kunodiwa marii ende pachasara chenji marii uye ichainda kunaani, kunodii? ZANU iparty yakare isingadi Mari dzavanhu isi inotobatsira vanhu. Chamisa anonzi akaba Mari inosvika kuma$300,000,00 pamari yema campaigns emapresidential apfuura Mari ikasakwana kuti vaite macampaigns avo akakwana akadzokazve oaccuser hurumende nekupuwa Mari shoma. Kana musingazvigoni munozvidireyiko? Munodeyi panokamwa mbwa kana musingazodi kurumwa? Plus the young man is a dictator. The councillors are not working together with Zanu ti uncertain him but its actually because they are backing Mudzuri on presidential so its clear that there is no democracy in MDC circle as long as Chamisa is part of the officials, Chamisa is clearing his way to be officially elected after he grabbed that position. Khupe would have been the president of MDC if Chamisa wasn't tribalistic today.

Chamboko - 8 November 2018

Vafana veMDC muchenjere kufa muchishandira musangano. Zvineproof here yekuti Mari iyoyo irikunoinda kwayakafanira uye kunodiwa marii ende pachasara chenji marii uye ichainda kunaani, kunodii? ZANU iparty yakare isingadi Mari dzavanhu isi inotobatsira vanhu. Chamisa anonzi akaba Mari inosvika kuma$300,000,00 pamari yema campaigns emapresidential apfuura Mari ikasakwana kuti vaite macampaigns avo akakwana akadzokazve oaccuser hurumende nekupuwa Mari shoma. Kana musingazvigoni munozvidireyiko? Munodeyi panokamwa mbwa kana musingazodi kurumwa? Plus the young man is a dictator. The councillors are not working together with Zanu it's only because those who are falling victims would uncertain him, because they are backing Mudzuri for presidential so its clear that there is no democracy in MDC circle as long as Chamisa is part of the officials, Chamisa is clearing his way to be officially elected after he grabbed that position. Khupe would have been the president of MDC if Chamisa wasn't tribalistic today.

Chamboko - 8 November 2018

Chamisa is the instigator of the suffering we Zimbabweans are going through now. He stated it categorically and unequivocally during his rallies that if he didn't win; it would mean that the elections were not free and fair and hardships would visit the country. Now his prediction has come to pass. The multi million US$ question is, "did Chamisa actually win the election as he claims?" I do not think he won because in the parliamentary polls, ZANU (PF) won more than two thirds of the seats and Chamisa said the parliamentary election results were a true and fair reflection of the people's wishes. Mnangagwa got 50,7% of the total votes cast, clearly less than what ZANU (PF) got in the parliamentary poll yet Chamisa still insists that ZANU PF rigged the presidential poll!!! Chamisa should understand that he got more votes than his party, MDCA only because former president Mugabe endorsed him. Some ZANU PF supporters voted for him in the presidential poll but opted for a ZANU PF candidate in the parliamentary poll. It is illogical to think that the majority of ZANU PF supporters would have voted for Chamisa against their party presidential candidate!!! I think Chamisa knows that he lost to Mnangagwa but wants to create economic chaos for two reasons: 1. he thinks that the economic chaos will precipitate a coup like the Nov 2017 coup resulting in him being accommodated in some form of unity government may be as Prime Minister. 2. He thinks the economic meltdown will cause an early election or that he will benefit from it in the next election in five years time.

Ben Maricho - 8 November 2018

Ben......how much time did you spend to type nonsense iyo.

Too Bad - 8 November 2018

This mambara boy called Tshamisa is a raw and unashamed dictator, period!!

Takalani Matibe - 8 November 2018

kana usina zvekutaura better keep quiet. hakuna asingade better life . mhofu chamboko na ben better go and sleep

kadhimba - 9 November 2018

This is DEMAGOGUERY! Mururimi rwedu tinoti "mavara a shato tinoaziva, nyangwe ikazvonyongoka nerupi rutivi, shato tikaiwona tinoiziva" Chamisa is a demagogue.

Will Blackman - 9 November 2018

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