Aspiring Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) chair Samuel Wadzai Mangoma has called for the reconvening of the civic group’s electoral process after the initial attempt was Wednesday disrupted by alleged Zanu PF supporters.
Some delegates, among them women, were injured after the rowdy group stormed a Bulawayo hotel, venue for the process, to disrupt what later became an inconclusive AGM.
In a statement Friday, Wadzaii, who is also Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation director, expressed regret that some of his civil society colleagues went through the violent ordeal.
He urged the reconvening of the voting process to put the outstanding leadership question to rest.
Said Wadzai, “The Secretariat, working closely with the membership should convene an urgent credible voting process.”
The Harare based civil society leader promised to revisit the unfortunate incident if voted into the influential position with plans to punish perpetrators of the skirmishes.
“As soon as we assume office my Board will launch an inquiry into the disturbances, punish perpetrators and institute means to avoid recurrence of the same,” he said.
Reports within the civil society circles have not ruled out the possibility of some of their colleagues having hired unruly elements to disrupt the event.
The chairmanship of the multi-NGO grouping remains a highly influential job within the country’s broader civil society space with politicians reportedly keen to have their allies control the coalition that also co-birthed MDC in 1999.
READ FULL STATEMENT BY SAMUEL WADZAYI BELOW:
Revolutionary greetings Cdes. Wednesday the 15th of December was the darkest day in the history of our great Coalition. 20 years on since our formation we
failed to run a smooth AGM, the disruption and subsequent injuries of our dear Cdes could have been avoided.
It is common knowledge that ZANU PF has a keen interest to destabilize our institution. It follows that we should always be thorough with our security planning.
My heart bleeds for the Cdes who were injured, particularly my brother James who still needs serious medical attention, the female Cdes who were forced to run in high heels and all members whose hopes of a successful AGM were crushed.
- The Secretariat, working closely with the membership should convene an urgent credible voting process.
- As soon as we assume office my Board will launch an inquiry into the disturbances, punish perpetrators and institute means to avoid recurrence of the same.
- My Board will lead the devolution agenda, push for constitutional reforms to accommodate the Change Management Strategy and make the Coalition a safe space for Women and all sections of our society.
The Coalition is for all of us not for a few!
Comradely Samuel Wadzai Mangoma