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MDC Youth Assembly strongly condemns the expulsion of the Libyan envoy from Zimbabwe
MDC Youth Assembly
September 06, 2011

The MDC Youth Assembly condemns in the strongest terms possible, the expulsion of the Libyan envoy in Zimbabwe announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi on Tuesday 30 August 2011. The expulsion is ill-informed, irrational and out of touch with the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people, who seek to establish for themselves, a democratic form of government, responsive to the needs of the Libyan people.

The MDC Youth Assembly supports the people of Libya in their genuine aspirations to establish a responsive and responsible government of the people, for the people and by the people. While the violence and loss of innocent lives in Libya is regrettable, it will be recorded in history that the regime of Muammar Gaddafi responded with violence to peaceful protests, compelling the protesters to resort to armed conflict as the only available route to express and enjoy their fundamental rights and liberties. As a member of the United Nations the fallen regime led by Muammar Gaddafi ought to have taken time to read the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which categorically states in part as follows "it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse as a last resort to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected." The internal armed conflict in Libya is a precise exemplification of how the denial of human rights can lead to rebellion against tyranny and oppression. This is a lesson, not only to the fallen regime of Muammar Gaddafi, but also to all other tyrants and oppressors worldwide. The MDC Youth Assembly urges these tyrants and oppressors to respect fundamental rights and liberties lest the scourge of rebellion visits them on their doorsteps.

The MDC Youth Assembly also takes note that Zimbabwe, at least in principle, as expressed in Section 3 (a) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13) recognizes that the authority to govern derives from the will of the people. The clear will of the Libyan people is to achieve an alternative form of governance as expressed by the peaceful protests transformed into an armed conflict thanks to the unpopular regime's violent reaction to the peaceful protesters. Muammar Gaddafi has lost the will of the Libyan people to govern them and by virtue of it, lost legitimacy to govern Libya. The new will of the Libyan people is clearly to be governed by the NTC until a time a proper government is put in place. It is not for Zimbabwe to deny the Libyan people their will as this is tantamount to interfering in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation. We need not remind Mr. Mumbengegwi that Muammar Gaddafi himself took over power through a military coup, and that it is none other than Muammar Gaddafi who pioneered the proclamation of Libya as a "Jamahiriya" meaning "a state of the masses". The will of those masses ought to be respected and in this regard, we applaud the Libyan envoy for accepting the clear will of the people of Libya. Mr. Mumbengegwi ought to be aware that diplomats do not represent the interests of particular individuals but of the nation. Expelling the Libyan envoy from Zimbabwe is clear testimony that Zanu PF and its ministers are keen on subverting the will of the people and seek to impose unpopular governments on the people.

We call upon the full Zimbabwean Cabinet to reconsider the meddling into the internal affairs of Libya that has been done by Mr. Mumbengegwi and recall that decision. We also urge the people of Libya to remain resolute in their quest to achieve democratic transition and rally behind them fully on this quest.

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