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Mthwakazi hints at 2018 poll boycott, cites state persecution

16/04/2017 00:00:00
by Bulawayo Correspondent
 
 
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GWANDA: The secessionist Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) has hinted at a possible boycott of the 2018 elections citing continued harassment by the State.

MRP spokesperson, Mbonisi Gumbo told New Zimbabwe.com weekend that the pro-Matebeleland party was being frustrated at every turn as it tries to organise public meetings within its target provinces.

He further threatened court action against the police for what he said were extra judicial means to subdue the party, which is yet to contest any election since formation.

What has further annoyed the party is last Tuesday’s action by police in Gwanda to summon party provincial organiser, Nqabuto Mpofu to explain MRP’s operations in the area.

“Gwanda police has denied us clearance to hold our road show. So, we have since decided not to go back to them. Instead, we have resolved to approach the courts,” Gumbo said.

“We view the actions by Gwanda CID as intimidation and we are worried that those who are calling for extra judicial means to gain our self-determination as opposed to the peaceful means that is MRP is trying to follow could be right.”

Because of the recent developments, Gumbo said, his party was reviewing its position on elections.

“How can we participate in an election where the process is not free and fair?

“We go to Matebeleland North, you (police) arrest us. In Bulawayo, you arrested us; in Plumtree, you arrested us, and now in Gwanda you deny us our constitutional right to hold a sensitisation road show. Kanti liyasihlolela yini (you are being bad omen on us),” he said.

Gumbo said Mpofu was ordered by the CID Law and Order section in Gwanda to report this past Friday with documents which contain details about the party’s full structures, something he said was tantamount to intrusion into their affairs.

MRP seeks the partitioning of the country into two geographical halves to allow the predominantly Ndebele western provinces of the country full autonomy.

The party accuses the Harare administration of marginalising the region in resource distribution and suppressing its culture.



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