MDC Celebrations Off
By Kundai Maponga
In the wake of former President Robert Mugabe’s death the MDC has postponed its 20th anniversary celebrations in what the party leader Nelson Chamisa said was a show of ubuntu and solidarity.
Speaking at a press conference in Harare Chamisa said the celebrations which were due to take place at Rufaro Stadium this Saturday had now been moved to 28 September 2019.
“As you may know and you may recall the MDC was due to hold it’s important 20th anniversary on Saturday the 14th of September, 2019 at Rufaro Stadium here in Harare. This was a national event to commemorate and celebrate two decades of existence and our theme; celebrating courage, growth and the people’s victory,” Chamisa said.
Mugabe’s death has gone into the way of the celebrations leaving the MDC with no choice but to cancel.
“It’s clear that this day has now been on account of deliberation by the leadership and on a unanimous position by the leadership to postpone this day so that we set aside this weekend and the coming days for national mourning and in line with the national memorial that has been set aside by our nation as a gesture of not just nation building but also making sure that we respect our principles of Ubuntu,” he said.
Chamisa said his party would not compete with Mugabe in his death.
“We have decided to postpone this important anniversary to the 28th of September, 2019 so as to allow the funeral proceedings and events not to compete with our anniversary celebrations,” he said.
The MDC said it will not use the death of Mugabe to score cheap political points and in the spirit of oneness would not spit on the dead.
“The MDC does not want to use the death of Mr Mugabe to score cheap political points we have avenues and platforms to address our political problems we are facing as a country and we will use those platforms for appropriate engagement and not at Mugabe’s Funeral, as a social Democratic Party we don’t take our differences with our political competitors, our adversaries to the grave and beyond death, hate and hatrad is not part of our agenda and therefore the passing on of former President Robert Mugabe should be a reminder to the leaders of today, tomorrow and the future on how we must treat each other as. Zimbabweans,” he said.
There are fears that Chamisa could be barred from the funeral after he indicated, he would attend and pay his respects, but he said if that happened he would respond appropriately.
He however said his political differences with President Mnangagwa had to wait another day and let the National event take precedent.
“It would not be in good standing for also not to provide the necessary leadership in the country, yes we have differences with Mr Mnangagwa that are well documented, this is not the opportunity to set our political prons,” he said.