A Zimbabwean pressure group has expressed scepticism over the prospects of the holding of free and fair elections in Zimbabwe next year
By a Changezimbabwe correspondent
As Zimbabweans prepare for the elections that are scheduled to be held in the country in March 2013, the chairman of a United Kingdom based Zimbabwean pressure group, Zimbabwe Let’s Unite, Herbert Moyo has said that it is difficult to imagine how free and fair elections can be held in a country where people are not free to express themselves.
Addressing a meeting that was organised by the pressure group in the UK city of Leeds, Herbert Moyo said freedom of speech is a vital democratic tool.
“We need all fellow Zimbabweans to come together to build the country back to where it used to be” the chairman said. He added that the pressure group is encouraging the people of Zimbabwe to raise their voices for change and to put pressure on President Robert Mugabe to relinquish power. The vice chairman of the group Siduduzile Ngwenya echoed the chairman’s sentiments by stating that “unity is power and when we are united as Zimbabweans no one can break us”
The Zimbabwe Let’s Unite secretary, Kevin Ngwenya said the situation at many Zimbabwean hospitals is still appalling since people are dying of treatable conditions due to the absence of medication in the country’s medical institutions. He also expressed dismay at the deteriorating standards of education in Zimbabwe.
An activist with the pressure group, Gertrude Kugura said time has come for Zimbabwean women to actively contribute to the task of helping the men folk by coming up with ideas as to how they can assist each other in the event of a bereavement in the United Kingdom Diaspora or when a fellow Zimbabwean becomes destitute due to immigration problems or other issues.
“We do want violence but advocate for the constitutional removal of President Mugabe” said another activist Dominic Gama of the Bulawayo based pressure group, the Mthwakazi Liberation Front in his address at the meeting.
An immigration solicitor who spoke at the Leeds meeting, Andrew Nyamayaro of Bake and Co Solicitors updated the people who attended the meeting on issues related to deportations, the Zimbabwe country guidance information and fresh claims.
Any Zimbabwean or members of any Zimbabwean political party are free to join the Zimbabwe Let’s Unite pressure group. For more information please contact the group’s vice secretary Siduduzile Ngwenya on Zimbabweletunite@gmail.com
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