Security sector reform an urgent matter — MDC-T

June 6, 2011 at 1:14 am Leave a comment

by MOSES MATENGA
The MDC-T believes security sector reform is an urgent matter that needs the forthcoming Sadc summit intervention, party organising secretary Nelson Chamisa has said.

The party said reforms would assist in reining in overzealous security services personnel including the police who have turned themselves into self-appointed Zanu PF commissars.

Chamisa said: “We are expecting two things at Sadc. We want what was agreed in Livingstone, Zambia to be cemented at the Sadc Summit.

Troika resolutions should be endorsed and we want security sector reform and have a roadmap to elections. If all this is followed, elections cannot come this year. An election without MDC-T is not an election.”

He added: “Soldiers and police officers should know that we respect those national institutions and they should be servants of the people. You should not be in Zanu PF armpits. Even chiefs should not be used by Zanu PF, otherwise they lose respect.”

MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, said: “Generals should stop passing statements like what (Douglas) Nyikayaramba did. That is why we are calling for security sector reform. CIOs should stop disturbing drunkards in beerhalls and spying on people having their beer. We want to deal with them on the security sector reform.”

While the MDC-T is pushing this week’s gathering to endorse the Livingstone meeting resolutions, Zanu PF politburo member Jonathan Moyo on Sunday made a scathing attack on South African President Jacob Zuma, the Sadc-appointed mediator on Zimbabwe accusing him of playing “Big Brother in the Zimbabwean crisis.”

“Many will be disappointed not least because President Zuma is nobody’s big brother and Sadc does not conduct its work by reducing itself to the level of political parties from member states some of which like the MDC-T are foreign-funded by ganging up against one of their founding members,” said Moyo in the State media on Sunday.

Meanwhile, three MDC-T supporters were severely attacked by suspected Zanu PF youths at a botched party star rally at Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare on Saturday.

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