The MDC UK & Ireland Province is gearing up to hold a peaceful protest in solidarity with fellow Zimbabweans globally on Friday, 16th August 2019.
President Nelson Chamisa made the bold announcement declaring 16th August as a day of peaceful national protests in a video address to the nation on 5th August following a week of prayer and fasting.
The protest is against the government’s handling of the economy, which is at its worst in a decade and has plunged most citizens into poverty. The economy deteriorated even further since the regime came into power in a coup in November 2017.
Despite promises by the government to turn around the economy, no change has materialised. Instead cases of high level corruption have come to light such as the NSSA forensic audit which revealed how the former Zanu PF Minister Mupfumira misappropriated funds.
Added to this are issues of unemployment, power and fuel shortages. The government has also failed to usher in meaningful political reforms and are known to politicise aid, with reports of partisan food and farm input distribution which favour Zanu PF members reported from many parts of the country. This disadvantages other citizens not aligned to the regime.
These national challenges facing the country are a result of governance and legitimacy crisis arising out of the disputed election of July 2018.
Fellow Zimbabweans, it is time to come together to stand up against tyranny and bad governance.
Change must come to Zimbabwe!
UK & Ireland Province Secretary for Communications
9th August 2019