Chamisa wants elections
By Kundai Maponga
MDC leader Nelson Chamisa said only the people of Zimbabwe have the power to defer elections which are constitutionally slated for every five years.
Responding to the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD) who had called for a 7 year electoral sabbatical to allow politically bruised and battered Zimbabwe to rebuild confidence and trust, Chamisa said his party believes in elections.
In a letter sent recently to the executive secretary of ZHOCD, Dr Kenneth Mtata, the MDC said that they will not part ways with the democratic values of the party.
“Our position is and has always been guided by the best interest of Zimbabwe and our party’s founding democratic values and principles which include, but not limited to, holding of regular, free and fair elections,” Chamisa wrote.
However, Chamisa said he appreciated the efforts by the ZHOCD in trying to build this nation which is suffering from political divisions that have crippled this nation.
“I am humbled by the effort you put into this call and by your desire and commitment to Zimbabwe’s well-being and success during this period of great difficulty. Personally, both as a man of faith and leader of our party, the MDC, I’m greatly indebted to the scriptures and it is good to see the clergy providing a guiding hand,” wrote Chamisa.
ZHOCD called for the national Sabbath on the 7th of October this year to allow rebuilding of trust and confidence by halting elections for seven years to all political parties.
The call by the ZHOCD was also defied by many citizens who see it as beneficial to the Zanu Pf party.