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Regime change calls legal: NGO
Dude, Daily News
November 04, 2013
civic groups have vowed to continue calling for regime change despite
Zanu-PF’s overwhelming win in
the July 31 election.
This was revealed
at a civic society exhibition last week.
society it is our role to push for regime change. There is nothing
illegal, that is why we have elections in the country. Why would
we go for elections if you don’t want to change government
or governance? We are really proud to push for regime change,”
Crisis in Zimbabwe
Coalition (CZC) spokesperson Thabani Nyoni told participants
during a three-day civic groups’ Ideas Festival exhibition
show in Bulawayo last week.
He said the
group’s thrust is to force government to be accountable to
the general populace and deliver on its promises.
not apologise for our push for regime change because there is nothing
wrong with that, in fact we are now seeing the fruits of regime
change. I was in rural areas in Tsholotsho recently and I saw Zanu-PF
people telling their colleagues not to politicise food aid.
is something that was unheard of,” Nyoni said.
Nyoni said the
Ideas Festival showed there was a platform for citizens to engage
government on various socio-economic and political issues.
have come and gone and left many realities that we have to deal
with. It is therefore important as a country that we stop and think
about what kind of republic we want and what kind of Zimbabwe will
work for us,” he said.
CZC is a broad
based civil society network comprising churches, women’s groups,
social movements, residents associations, labour unions, human rights
lawyers, and health professionals.
In the past
decade, the Zanu-PF government has been accusing civic society groups
and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) of being used by
the West in the regime change agenda.
Patrick Chinamasa once accused NGO’s and civic groups of receiving
“dirty money” from the West to help remove President
Robert Mugabe from power.
At its congress
in 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.
This was followed
by threats on civic groups’ officials, with former Masvingo
governor and resident minister Titus Maluleke banning
29 NGOs from operating in his province after accusing them of
not being registered with his office and the Labour ministry.
In May this
year, former Bulawayo governor Cain Mathema who is now the Matabeleland
North provincial minister called on government to ban most NGOs
blaming them for advancing imperial “interests”.
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