MDC chief Nelson Chamisa yesterday mentioned he was barred from seeing incarcerated celebration deputy nationwide chairperson, Job Sikhala, charging that the state of affairs within the nation will now drive folks into taking motion in opposition to the rule of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
BY TATENDA CHITAGU
Sikhala is going through subversion expenses and was remanded in custody in Masvingo to July 24 after being dramatically whisked out of Harare the place celebration supporters had gathered on the courts to protest his detention.
Chamisa, who was addressing a rally at a packed 10 000-seater Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo, mentioned he was barred from seeing Sikhala and that police had been deployed to guarantee that he doesn’t get into the jail.
“I wished to see my brother Job Sikhala, so I went to Masvingo remand and was advised he’s at Mutimurefu,
so I drove there and I used to be advised he’s at Masvingo Remand, so I went again once more. At Masvingo Remand, they barred me from seeing him. It is vitally unlucky,” he mentioned.
“The jail guards mentioned they got directions to first name their seniors. They then known as their superiors and advised me ‘we will probably be fired if we allow you to in’. I waited for 30 minutes as they known as their seniors in Harare.
Possibly their seniors had been calling ED. I stored on ready until they mentioned they have no idea what to do.
“Later, riot police and the Dispol got here, they mentioned they wished to verify the state of affairs as they feared there perhaps commotion. However although I’m the president of the MDC, I’m additionally a lawyer by occupation. Once more, arrested folks nonetheless have their rights. So I advised them I’ll not trouble you, will take different measures,” Chamisa mentioned to thunderous requires quick demonstrations.
The MDC chief additionally known as on International Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo’s spouse, Loyce Matanda-Moyo, who heads the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Fee (Zaac) to analyze and arrest deputy Defence minister
Victor Matemadanda and Well being minister Obadiah Moyo for collaborating in electoral fraud.
This follows a letter that Matemadanda wrote to the Well being minister asking him to supply medication to well being establishments in Lupane forward of a by-election in order that Zanu PF wins.
The letter signed by the Well being minister, addressed to Matemadanda and copied to NatPharm managing director Flora Sifeku, everlasting secretary Agnes Mahomva and director of pharmacy R Hove was titled: Request for help in respect of the Lupane East by-election marketing campaign.
“Your letter of two July 2019 requesting for medicines for Lupaka, Gomoza, St Paul, Lake Alice, Lusulu and Lupanda clinics refers. I’ve instructed the everlasting secretary Dr Mahomva to activate Natpharm to provide the clinics talked about with medicines,” reads the letter signed by Moyo.
Chamisa mentioned: “The issue with our nation is corruption, corruption, corruption. I used to be studying right this moment about Lupane the place there’s a by-election. Matemadanda writes to the Well being minister looking for medication in order that Zanu PF wins and Moyo replies saying he’ll present medication in order that (they) win.
“It’s abuse of political public workplace. Instantly, he should resign and step apart for investigations by Zaac, although we don’t recognise them.
“That degree of corruption is severe. Such a minister ought to instantly step apart for investigation and Zaac should examine and arrest that particular person. My brother ED will simply be speaking about zero tolerance to corruption, however that’s one case of corruption. Doesn’t he see that?” Chamisa mentioned.
He mentioned MDC will probably be embarking on a programme to pile strain on Mnangagwa.
“We’re beginning a programme to convey strain on this nation and diplomatic strain.”
Chamisa advised his supporters to mobilise and brace for extra demonstrations to pile political strain on Mnangagwa to resolve the political disaster going through the nation following disputed elections held in June final yr.
“We’re saying be ready. We plan our issues collectively. The Structure permits for demonstrations. If I say these not joyful to stand up, will you stand up? Will you reply to the decision? I wish to see these which are prepared to reply if we make the decision,” Chamisa mentioned.
“Now I’ve heard that you’re prepared, we have to do it peacefully in a non-violent, constitutional method. The day is coming, the time is coming, within the not so distant future, it’s best to give us assist. Not so lengthy.
“Zimbabweans should be free and Zanu PF should go. We don’t want those who backtrack, we would like you to provide us assist. We now have been quiet for too lengthy as Mnangagwa destroys our livelihoods,” he added.
Chamisa additionally mentioned he was disturbed by Vice-President Chiwenga’s lengthy absence from public look.
“I’m actually fearful about my brother Chiwenga, actually fearful. The place is he?”
Chamisa additionally famous: “We now have learnt, sure, [that] people should go, however the basic factor that should go is the system. A system that represents darkness, a system that represents unhealthy governance, a system that celebrates corruption and a system that’s accountable for your starvation.” The youthful chief then accused Mnangagwa of studying a guide of dictatorship that was beforehand utilized by his predecessor Robert Mugabe.