By Nkosana Dlamini
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) has called on SADC and AU to exercise their brotherly influence on Zimbabwe amid concerns Monday’s attack on MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa and his convoy in Masvingo by Zanu PF supporters signalled an emerging conflict in the troubled country.
In a statement, CiZC also condemned the country’s police force for failure to stop the attack on the opposition leader and his entourage while blatantly proceeding to use teargas on the opposition chief and party officials at their private meeting later.
The pro-democracy group accused the current Zanu PF led administration of visiting brutalities on opponents in attempts to impose a one-party state in the country.
“We note with concern the fact that Zanu PF continues to use violence and coercion as means to cling to power.
“Events currently unfolding expose the determination by Zanu PF to decimate the opposition through unorthodox means while creating an uneven playing ground ahead of the 2023 elections.
Added CiZC, “The Coalition is deeply concerned over the partisan nature of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), which, according to witnesses and video evidence, stood by and watched as Zanu PF supporters blocked Chamisa’s motorcade. The teargasing and disruption of a private meeting by the police speaks volumes on the partisan conduct of the police force.”
In comments directed as SADC and AU, the organisation said Zimbabwe was at a real risk of degenerating into conflict if the situation on the ground was not taken seriously.
“We do hereby raise the flag, once again to the SADC and the AU, that present day Zimbabwe is in serious risk of conflict. This brutal closure of political space raises fears of violence and clampdown on the civic and opposition actors of the 2023 polls.
“The most worrying indicator is that President Mnangagwa internationally plays the “growth, and reform” narrative whilst domestically pursuing a one-party state agenda. Various recommendations on upholding peace and democracy from the SADC, including former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe have been ignored.
“Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition reiterates its call for genuine dialogue facilitated by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as a means to unlock the country’s multi faceted crisis.”