"MDC Learnt Very Little From Its Previous Demos"

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Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:02:41 GMT
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"MDC Learnt Very Little From Its Previous Demos"

The opposition MDC led by advocate Nelson Chamisa has been criticised for failing to effectively communicate the objectives and plan of its planned demonstrations.

The MDC’s Harare demonstration slated for the 16th of August is expected to open doors to a spate of demonstrations in other parts of the country.

News Day’s Nqaba Matshazi observes, however, that unlike in 2003 when the party properly arranged the “Final Push” demo, the party has failed to communicate to its supporters the objectives of the protests. Matshazi said:

With this MDC demo that is due tomorrow, I find all these necessary conditions missing and, even if the government, which is notorious for being trigger happy, leaves it to go ahead peacefully, I am afraid I do not see what the endgame is.

There is need for the MDC to communicate its plans and objectives better and let its supporters know what they are getting themselves into.

This must not be a demonstration for the sake of holding a protest, or to assuage restive hawks in the party that have been calling for protests.

Rather, the MDC should have a clearly mapped out path with contingency plans on what happens if Zanu PF ignores their demands and what it expects of their supporters.

The protests which are over the deteriorating state of affairs are meant to force president Mnangagwa to the table for a dialogue.

Matshazi fears that it could take the MDC several years to bounce back if the current demo fails.

More: News Day



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