HARARE – The Zimbabwean government has issued a warning to the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), cautioning them against taking actions that could potentially lead to an uprising under the guise of democracy.
Apart from dissociating the government from the CCC recalls and suggesting that only the self-proclaimed secretary-general Sengezo Tshabangu could reverse them, Minister Murwira subtly accused CCC leader Nelson Chamisa of “undemocratic conduct.”
He referenced Chamisa’s refusal to accept the results of the August 23 presidential election.
Minister Murwira stated, “It is a matter of public record that one presidential candidate in the just-ended harmonized elections declared, well ahead of the polls and, brazenly in the presence of election observers and the media, that the candidate would not abide by any other result except one which pronounced the candidate as the sole winner.”
He further elaborated, “This type of conduct is an attack on our democracy, constitutionalism, and the rule of law. Regrettably, some countries have tended to support this undemocratic conduct.”
“As in previous instances, the government will not tolerate any actions aimed at disturbing the peace under the guise of ‘democratic political processes.'”
Minister Murwira emphasized that Zimbabwean law mandates the Speaker of the National Assembly and the President of the Senate to promptly act on any communication from political groups brought before them to effect a recall.
He stressed that only the authors of such communication can cause a reversal.
Regarding political prisoners, despite opposition claims, Minister Murwira stated that there are none in the country.