MDC ‘no’ to elections

HARARE - The newly elected MDC Provincial Chairman for Manicaland Province, Roy Bennett, has said the opposition party will not be participating in any elections. The news comes as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is embarking on voter education for the forthcoming council elections scheduled

for January 14. “As far as I know the sentiment among the people is that there are no more elections. There is no time to play games with a dictatorial, oppressive, human rights abusive government. It’s time for the MDC to consolidate and show its power and strength by people power and show Mugabe and Zanu (PF) that their days are numbered. It’s over.” The outspoken MDC official and commercial farmer was recently elected Provincial Chairman for Manicaland at a regional congress attended by over 850 delegates . He becomes the first white person to hold such a position since the formation of the MDC in 1999. MDC rebels, led by Professor Welshman Ncube, say the only way of removing the regime is through the ballot box, but Bennett said the MDC would only go back into elections when the process was free and fair. He added, “the minute the people elect people into power, like they did with the mayors and the councillors, they are immediately victimised or fired.” – SW Radio Africa

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