Zvor­wadza slates ‘self­ish op­po­si­tion’

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tendai Mu­gabe Se­nior Reporter

THE Na­tional Ven­dors Union of Zim­babwe (Navuz) yes­ter­day sav­aged op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties, brand­ing them hyp­ocrites of the high­est or­der fight­ing Gov­ern­ment for per­sonal ben­e­fit.

Navuz pres­i­dent Mr Stan Zvor­wadza, a known Gov­ern­ment critic, yes­ter­day said op­po­si­tion par­ties were bit­ter that they were left out of the new Gov­ern­ment af­ter Op­er­a­tion Re­store Legacy.

He said their bit­ter­ness was driven by a self-en­rich­ment men­tal­ity and not a de­sire to work for the peo­ple.

Ad­dress­ing stake­hold­ers at a sym­po­sium on peace and the 2018 har­monised elec­tions in Harare yes­ter­day, Mr Zvor­wadza said the in­cum­bent Gov­ern­ment was a prod­uct of all Zim­bab­weans who par­tic­i­pated in the pop­u­lar demon­stra­tions that re­sulted in the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer pres­i­dent, Mr Robert Mu­gabe.

As such, Mr Zvor­wadza said Zim­bab­weans should give Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa and his ad­min­is­tra­tion a chance to implement their eco­nomic poli­cies.

“The re­moval of for­mer pres­i­dent saw the con­ver­gence of all sec­tors across the coun­try and this uni­fi­ca­tion meant that we wanted a new dis­pen­sa­tion to move us from Egypt to Canaan and we did so,” he said.

“We anointed it (new dis­pen­sa­tion) on Novem­ber 24, 2017. The cur­rent Gov­ern­ment is ev­ery­one’s con­tri­bu­tion there­fore cit­i­zens are the stake and stock­hold­ers of this new dis­pen­sa­tion. We all came to­gether on 24 Novem­ber (2017) to anoint the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Zim­babwe Cde ED Mnan­gagwa and on that day I saw crit­i­cal politi­cians. I saw op­po­si­tion politi­cians who took the seats of the in­for­mal worker(s) to anoint Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa.

“In that process of anoint­ing they did not just do it be­cause they wanted to. They ex­pected to be roped in and be brought into this Gov­ern­ment which did not hap­pen. The truth has to be

said. If the op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship were brought into of­fice and Cde Mnan­gagwa had brought them on board, they would not be talk­ing of any­thing at all. They would be pos­si­bly en­joy­ing but not en­joy­ing on be­half of the cit­i­zens of Zim­babwe.”

Mr Zvor­wadza con­tin­ued: “I am one per­son that is geared to fight against poverty than to join hands with op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship that is bent on ly­ing to us that they rep­re­sent us but when the time comes to do it they do not do it.

“The for­mer pres­i­dent (Mr Mu­gabe) is dif­fer­ent from the cur­rent Pres­i­dent. The pres­i­dent of the repub­lic, who is now for­mer, vowed that the gun was might­ier than the pen but Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa is say­ing the pen is might­ier than the gun.

“You ex­pect me to say what you want to hear. What you want to hear here is that the Zim­babwe po­lit­i­cal fray has a lot of hyp­ocrites who do not rep­re­sent the con­stituen­cies that they should be rep­re­sent­ing.

“When it comes to elec­tion time, they mourn and wince and cry. Let us go for elec­tions in July and see who wins and who wins is cred­i­ble be­cause ha­pana munhu ari kuro­hwa pari zvino.

“Our mem­ber­ship has suf­fered phys­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally at the hands of the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion, but we have not suf­fered so far at the hands of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion so let us give them a chance,” Mr Zvor­wadza said.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s as­cen­sion was wel­comed across the world with the lo­cal op­po­si­tion lead­er­ship grac­ing his in­au­gu­ra­tion.

The new Pres­i­dent did not dis­s­ap­point as he went on to implement a num­ber of re­forms to make Zim­babwe at­trac­tive to in­vestors and also open the demo­cratic space, a de­vel­op­ment that has seen the main op­po­si­tion MDC go around the coun­try, cam­paign­ing with­out in­ci­dent.

Mr Zvor­wadza

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