Hypocritical Chamisa must not live in two worlds

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THERE were worrying scenes this week when MDC vice-president Elias Mudzuri was confronted by parliamentarians from his party at a local hotel, publicly scolding him in a video that went viral for attending a meeting for legislators with President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House.

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Mudzuri, who is the leader of opposition in the Senate and a member of the Parliamentary Standing Rules and Orders Committee (SROC), was also booed yesterday during introductions of the party leadership at the start of the MDC march at Africa Unity Square. The party vice-president was drowned out by jeers upon taking the podium, as thousands booed and sang “tengesa uone mashura” (sell out and you will see how we deal with you). Mudzuri’s attendance was seen as an endorsement of Mnangagwa’s presidency when MDC has refused to recognise his victory, claiming that their party leader Nelson Chamisa won the presidential polls held on July 30.

These scenes painted a disturbing picture of a growing culture of intolerance in the MDC.

It would have been valid if the MDC had totally boycotted parliament so that its legislators would not have to be villified for attending some state occasions. The meeting at State House was meant to fulfil parliamentary procedures, which require National Assembly and Senate presiding officers to present themselves to the President on assuming their duties. The provisions are covered by Standing Rule and Order Number 11.

This intolerance is now worrisome. Mudzuri, together with the party secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, were also last week condemned for meeting with Chief Justice Luke Malaba recently. The two survived the chop over the meeting and also for having ambitions to challenge Chamisa for the presidency. It is disturbing to note that this is not the first time that senior party supporters have been attacked publicly by colleagues. On some occasions, party supporters have resorted to violence to deal with those with opposing views.

MDC-T leader Thokozani Khupe and her supporters were violently attacked early this year as she fought with Chamisa for control of the party following the death of founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai in February.

Three mayors, who were not the preferred candidates, have been fired so far since the mayoral elections, while 10 councils were suspended for defying a directive on mayoral polls.

This is a serious threat to democracy. They are threatening to silence every dissenting view. Because of the manifestation of intolerance, MDC is fast becoming the opposite of democratic principles it purports to represent. It is amazing that some people have already developed amnesia of how former president Robert Mugabe became an autocrat over four decades of oppression.

Chamisa spoke very well, like a true statesman, when he appeared before the Commission of Inquiry on the shooting by the military of six civilians on August 1 and even added that he is ready to come to the negotiating table with Zanu PF.

To then chastise Mudzuri for talking to the same person he is trying to reach out to is not only strange but smacks of shameless hypocrisy.

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6 thoughts on “Hypocritical Chamisa must not live in two worlds”

  1. Mafirakureva Tinotenda says:

    Hapana zvawataura apo muZanu iwe

    1. takavarasha shumba says:

      zimbabweans we have adopted a culture of swearing foul mouthing

  2. Wezhira says:

    For the Chamisa led MDC-A the D in MDC seems to mean something else not democracy….Just see how the comment above refers to the Writer as a ‘ZANU’ for simply criticising Chamisa….This is how we got Mugabe but Zimbos don’t learn they crawl out of a pit of their own making and seemingly out of boredom or perhaps not knowing any better immediately start digging themselves another new pit….Most literate nation in African my foot

    1. HILTON TAFADZWA MUSVOSVERI-216078474 says:

      taura hako maZimba hatizivi zvatinoda mkdz ataura chokwadi pamusoro pachamisa vanhu vakumhanyira kungoti maZanu zvigobatsireyi Chamisa anoda hukuru anotya chiii in a democratic party

  3. Daniel 5 says:

    True, Zimbos we need to rise above the petty partisan differences and put the nation first. It was humbling to see friendship that developed between former US President Bill Clinton and the late former US President George H.W. Bush, though they were of opposite camps. Chamisa sounds like he is more on an ego trip and wants to be the leader (of his party) and Zimbabwe no matter what / who stands in his way. If properly groomed he could have become an illustrious leader but on his current trajectory I see another Mugabe (also with the gift of garb!) in the making. He is very mercurial.

  4. Cephas C says:

    i think Chamisa should nip this in the bud if he a true statesman that he says he is
    He should stop the juniors when they attack a senior like that ,wether he is wrong .
    Also i think MDC should go and represent us in Parliament than go and boo or boycott …by booing and boyctting it kinda show immaturity or lack of seriousness ….go and give us a voice and have things changed
    Also they should STOP BEING LAWYERS FoR ZANU (PF) MINISTERS IN COURT ,hanti they are saying these guys are corrupt ?

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