Madhuku Urges Zimbabweans To Take To The Streets
Constitutional law expert and National constitutional Assembly (NCA)
Chairman Dr Lovemore Madhuku has urged Zimbabweans to turn their
anger towards bad governance into “Libya Style” street protests.
Madhuku said this while speaking at the fourth anniversary of People’s
Charter organised by the Committee of the People’s Charter in Harare on
The Committee of the People’s Charter is a grouping of like minded
Zimbabweans who subscribe to the principles of the People’s Charter which
was adopted by the country’s civic society organisations on 9 February 2008.
The charter outlines the virtues by which the country should be governed.
“I wonder why as Zimbabweans we are not doing what other people in other
countries are doing. They have done it in several countries and they are
doing it in Senegal right now but we are quiet as if everything is ok. We
should demonstrate our displeasure,” said Madhuku who himself has organised
several street protests for more than a decade fighting for a new democratic
constitution of the country.
Madhuku also told the meeting that there was nothing to fear because
Zimbabweans just like citizens of other countries where government business
is being mismanaged must take the fight to the rulers.
He dismissed the notion that the coalition government between President
Robert Mugabe and his former ally Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has
turned around the country for the better.
“There should be no comparison, this country, our lives must be judged on
the basis of what it should be, and our lives must be ok not what we have.
That’s what is giving us problems here in Africa. The lives of Zimbabweans
must be well and the People’s Charter is about how people’s life should be
and how we should live,” said Madhuku adding that the coalition government
“must be fought.
A representative of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU), Jorum
Chikwati also urged Zimbabweans to take to the streets and demand their
“Its nice to have these meetings in these hotels but we also have to get
onto the streets and fight. if they fight back thats an inch of a victory.
we should continue going back into the streets until they stop fighting us
back and arresting us like they did in other countries,” said Chikwati.
Speaking at the same meeting Takura Zhangazha took a swipe at the coalition
government for ignoring submissions on the People’s Charter which were
brought before it.
“We have submitted the charter to the political parties but they have not
taken heed of it,” he said.
The People’s Charter which was signed by a host of the country’s civic
society groups call for a violence free political environment, a people
driven democratic constitution, free and fair elections, an economy that
responds to the needs of the people, a society that is caring to the needs
of the youth and recognise gender equality.
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