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MDC rejects Human Rights and Electoral Amendment Bills
for Democratic Change (MDC)
October 12, 2011
The MDC National Executive Committee met today in Harare, to discuss
various pertinent issues affecting the party and the people of Zimbabwe.
The National Executive has condemned in the strongest terms, the
continued the state sponsored violence that has taken precedence
in our societies.
the funding and use of violence by Chipangano, a terrorist group
in Mbare, Harare, must stop. Police must act professionally and
fulfil their constitutional mandate. In most rural areas, night
vigils are being held which are characterised by rapes, intimidation
and violence. The police are aware of these activities but they
turn a blind eye on these criminal activities.
ceased to be a place of worship and spiritual solitude but have
become havens of political patronage and violence. The Anglican
Church community has, since 2007, been traumatised as the police
and Zanu PF side with a group loyal to renegade Bishop Nolbert Kunonga
to destabilise parishes and ordinary people.
yearn for their freedom and dignity. As such the National Executive
Committee expressed its displeasure with the current form of the
Human Rights Bill and the Electoral
Amendment Bill because they seek to curtail, not to extend,
the people's freedoms.
The MDC in parliament
will exercise its power to redress these Bills before they are enacted
into law to enable an environment of tolerance, sensitivity and
peace. Such an environment will facilitate for the holding of free,
fair and credible elections. For that to happen, as the MDC we demand
the conclusion in the Constitution
making process and the implementation of necessary steps as
agreed by the election roadmap before the next election is held.
We urge Robert
Mugabe and his Zanu PF party to implement the remaining outstanding
issues in the Global
Political Agreement (GPA) and to ensure the roadmap is followed
to its finality.
Executive Committee congratulated Zambia's former president
Rupiah Banda for demonstrating political maturity and accepting
his loss in the recent elections before he facilitated a smooth
The MDC hopes
Robert Mugabe would follow such a commendable example and accept
that there is life after his impending defeat. The party noted with
pleasure a successful 12th anniversary celebration it held on 10
September 2011 at Gwanzura Stadium, Harare. Similar rallies well
attended rallies are taking place in all the provinces, districts
and wards, reaffirming the political supremacy of the party.
Executive Committee therefore resolved to embark on an aggressive
voter registration campaign to ensure that the people, who are constantly
and undeniably supporting the cause of real change, exercise their
right and be heard in the next election.
As MDC, we demand
that the people of Zimbabwe in the Diaspora be allowed to vote as
it is their democratic right to do so. Our mandate in the inclusive
government was to ensure that the economy is revived; that food
is on the table; that basic services like health, transport and
education are resuscitated. That we have done.
Executive Committee shall, as soon as possible, launch a campaign
for jobs, investment and upliftment of the generality of Zimbabwe
so that everyone has a stake in the development of this country.
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