The MDC Alliance condemns the recall of nine of its MPs as announced by the Speaker of Parliament today.
This recall is a violent onslaught on the will of the people who elected MDC Alliance MPs into Parliament. We take the firm view that state institutions, including Parliament, are being abused to reverse the will of the people and replace it with an unholy alliance between Mr Mnangagwa and Ms Khupe.
This great reversal of the people’s will by Zanu PF is a continuation of the electoral theft of 2018. The block recalls are a regrettable act of intimidation of MPs who have refused to align themselves with the Zanu PF agenda. The thinking is that our MPs will be guided by material interests not by their conscience; however, unlike those who have chosen political expediency we firmly believe that the majority of our MPs, who represent the true will of the people, will be guided by conscience.
The firing of our MPs is an act of coercion by Zanu PF and its proxies because our MPs have refused to support them freely and voluntarily. They are targeting proportional representation MPs because they want to create space for their handpicked surrogates, including their leader, Thokozani Khupe, who lost dismally in the 2018 election. They want to hand her a free ticket into Parliament to make her an
opposition stooge in Parliament even though she has no mandate from the people.
The MDC-A, in line with the people’s mandate, is seized with issues of fundamental national concern that are affecting the livelihood of ordinary Zimbabweans including, but not limited to, corruption, violations of human rights, and an economy in decline. This despicable ploy to enter the corridors of influence through underhanded and insincere tactics using borrowed state powers to distract and cause unnecessary havoc should be condemned by all. This attempt by Zanu PF, and all its manifestations, to
subvert the will of the people shall be defeated.
We will not be distracted but remain firm in our resolve to win Zimbabwe for change.