Democracy is dead: MDC A
By STAFF REPORTER
THE MDC Alliance has castigated the recent suspension of by-elections announced midweek by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who is also doubling up as Health and Child Care minister, as a politically inspired decision that is a direct assault on the will of the people.
Chiwenga in his capacity as the Minister of Health through Statutory Instrument (SI) 225A of 2020 banned the holding of by-elections citing the coronavirus ahead of by-elections scheduled for December 5.
The MDC Alliance on its official Facebook page said the suspension of by-elections in circumstances where Zanu PF and its proxies continue to recall lawfully elected MPs and councillors was a vicious assault on the will of the people and the greatest threat to the country’s democracy in as many decades.
This comes after the MDC-T interim leadership led by Thokozani Khupe also recalled 31 MPs and over 84 councillors countrywide including MDC A vice president Lynette Kore.
MDC A treasury-general David Coltart also commented on the suspension of the by-elections and said they were meant to avoid an embarrassingly low turnout at the MDC T court-sanctioned congress.
The move by government means that the MDC-Alliance would have to wait longer in its bid to return its legislators and councillors who were recalled by MDC-T interim leadership led by Thokozani Khupe.
Curiously, analysts said, country’s like Malawi have held elections at the peak of the global pandemic but Zimbabwe is banning elections while easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions that include the opening of schools.