MDC-T put pressure on Zuma

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MDC-T activists in the Diaspora are planning protests next week at all South African embassies worldwide to put pressure on President Jacob Zuma to “straighten up” issues in Zimbabwe’s shaky unity government ahead of impending elections.

Organiser of the protests, MDC-T’s Den Moyo, United States chapter, said the South African embassies would be targeted since the country is the facilitator to the inclusive government.

Yesterday, Moyo said during protests, a petition would be handed to South African authorities and demonstrations would continue on a monthly basis until the Global Political Agreement (GPA) facilitators heeded their demands.

“As the Sadc-appointed mediator, South Africa is responsible for ensuring the GPA is implemented in the letter and spirit of its intent,” said Moyo.

“South Africa together with China and Russia prevented discussion on the Zimbabwe crisis at the United Nations Security Council thereby taking over all responsibility.

“South Africa has always maintained to the world the Zimbabwean crisis is an African problem that requires African solutions, so we want to hold them true to their word.”

Moyo said South Africa was a dominant power in Africa and had the economic muscle to get President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF to respect the wishes of the Zimbabwean people.

The demonstrations were against rising political tension and violence in the country, alleged disrespect of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s office by security apparatus, disruption of MDC-T rallies and continued incarceration of MDC-T members.

MDC-T Harare province spokesperson Obert Gutu said such pressure was imperative as Zanu PF had reduced the MDC-T to a “subordinate and junior partner in the inclusive government”.

“As MDC-T, we are fully in support of peaceful and democratic demonstrations whereby people express their disappointment and disgust with the manner in which our hostile partner in this forced marriage, Zanu PF, has continued to abuse, misuse and trample on the people of Zimbabwe’s inalienable right to peace, tranquillity, prosperity and good governance,” Gutu added.