Democracy celebrations meaningless to Zim:MKD

Simba Makoni's Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) party says the International Day of Democracy- commemorated on September 15, is meaningless to Zimbabwe owing to the present state-of-affairs.

Simba Makoni
Simba Makoni

The International Day of Democracy was recognized as an annual event by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007.

It is meant both to celebrate democracy and to serve as a reminder that the need to promote and protect democracy is as urgent now as ever.

Silver Bhebhe, the MKD spokesperson however told The Zimbabwean that Zimbabwe is still far from being a democratic country despite having been holding elections since independence.

"In Zimbabwe, while we have seen regular elections, they have been far from being free and fair, with the last national election, the presidential runoff, being a farce earning the description of being sham.

"Elections have been held not as a means to afford the electorate a chance to choose their representatives and at the same time punish those who would have performed dismally, but as a way of legitimizing a clique of politicians’ continued rule," Bhebhe said.

President Mugabe has been accused of being an electoral fraudster. All poll results since 2000 have been contested by the MDC amid widespread condemnation of rigging by ZANU (PF).

Bhebhe said elections in Zimbabwe have become synonymous with violence which is used to intimidate the electorate and crash opposition.

Human rights groups have produced reports linking the former ruling party to organized violence.

At present ZANU (PF)'s Mbare based hit squad-Chipangano, continues to persecute citizens suspected to be supporters of the MDC.

The freedom of speech, assembly, movement and choice which is basis of democracy has therefore been virtually swept off.

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