Govt continues to flout Sadc protocol, says Tsvangirai

Gift Phiri

MOVEMENT for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said the government has continued on its warpath, closing down the remaining pockets of political space despite committing itself

to the basics of a free and fair election.


Tsvangirai, writing in his weekly message, said the Mugabe regime had continued to raid MDC offices, harassing party staff and pro-democracy activists.

“The regime continues to arrest all assumed opponents, as in the case of Dr Lovemore Madhuku of the National Constitutional Assembly and Honourable Nelson Chamisa, our youth chairperson,” Tsvangirai said.

“Without any formal charges, these actions are making people wonder as to Mugabe’s intentions. Does he want political reform or is he bent on perpetuating repression?”

Last month Mugabe signed the Sadc protocol on democratic elections. In this he committed himself to free and fair elections. The MDC has suspended involvement in all elections until government implements the agreements it signed in Mauritius.

Tsvangirai said there were no signs that government was going to fulfill its new obligations.

Two weeks ago heavily armed riot police forcibly broke up a non-governmental organisation (NGO) demonstration in Harare and arrested scores of people.

“Whatever Mugabe may think or feel about the MDC, this time his regime has to be dragged, kicking and screaming to a stage where it has to address the fundamental needs for free and fair elections,” Tsvangirai said.

The MDC has dispatched delegations to Sadc leaders to explain the party’s decision to shun next March’s parliamentary election.