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blasted for confusing and mixed messages
Karimakwenda, SW Radio Africa
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The MDC-T has been criticized
for “confusing their supporters” by sending mixed messages,
at a time when strong leadership is required. This follows the party’s
decision to boycott the opening of parliament next week.
The opening session will
be addressed by Robert Mugabe and the MDC-T insist that their participation
would be tantamount to legitimizing an “illegal” leader
who “stole the election” through rigging.
But MDC-T legislators
will attend the swearing in ceremony on Tuesday. Elected MDC-T officials
will also participate in parliamentary and local government activities
as part of government.
MDC-T spokesperson Douglas
Mwonzora is quoted as saying: “Attending the official opening
ceremony and listening to the speech is tantamount to legitimising
the manner Mugabe was elected, yet we know the election was stolen.”
But political commentator
Lameck Mahachi blasted the MDC-T, saying they were “flip-flopping”
and changing colours “like a chameleon”. Mahachi explained
that the decision to boycott should apply not only to parliament
but to participation in government as well.
“Mugabe is the
head of government and if he is illegal then government is illegal.
What applies to one must also apply to the other. Participation
in government also legitimizes Mugabe’s electoral victory,”
He added: “They
are confusing their supporters and it seems that they don’t
know what to do. It is a shame that there is no other viable opposition
in Zimbabwe. The MDC-T would perish.”
We were unable to contact
the MDC-T for comment.
According to the independent
Newsday newspaper, Innocent Gonese will continue his role as the
MDC-T chief whip in parliament, but the party said they will not
be fielding any candidates for Speaker of the House of Assembly
and Senate President.
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