WITH President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government slowly, but surely closing the democratic space by banning most of the opposition MDC’s activities, including demonstrations and rallies, analysts have suggested that the party’s leader Nelson Chamisa should seek cooperation with his rival.
Following Mnangagwa’s ascension to power in November 2017, many hoped he would craft a new path and make a clear departure from the late former President Robert Mugabe, his predecessor.
However, months after he occupied office, Mnangagwa’s government is following in Mugabe’s footsteps by charging civic society organisation (CSO) leaders and political activists with treason as well as virtually outlawing MDC’s activities.
Political analyst Maxwell Saungweme told the Daily News on Sunday that when dealing with problematic situations like the political quagmire the nation is facing, as an opposition and alternative, the MDC had to consider whether or not it had the capacity to change the situation or bear it.
Saungweme said the MDC is in a catch-22 situation.
Another analyst, Admire Mare, commiserated with the opposition with regards to the shrinking democratic space, describing the situation as regrettable.
United Kingdom-based political analyst and former aide to the late MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai, Alex Magaisa, said the opposition and civil society needed to be resolute on what to do next.
Writing on his blog “The Big Saturday Read” recently, Magaisa said the closure of democratic space had proved that the system and its laws are unjust and there is little possibility that the opposition will get justice.
MDC deputy organising secretary Happymore Chidziva, who was supposed to be the convener of the planned demonstration last month, told the Daily News that his party would continue to fight for its space.
Source – dailynews