By Staff Reporter
CITIZENS Coalition for Change legislators have snubbed the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the opening of the 10th Parliament.
According to a source, the decision to steer clear of the SONA along with the official opening of the 10th Parliament came from the party.
This is the latest protest by the opposition party following the conclusion of the general elections in August.
President Mnangagwa emerged winner with a 52,6% share of the vote while Chamisa got 44%.
CCC has since disputed the election results while calling for a rerun.
“We have been told to remain in our constituencies. The directive came as a party position,” revealed the source.
Opposition spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi said: “We are boycotting the processes that Mnangagwa wants us to undertake on the basis of the fact that we as CCC do not recognize an election that put him there. The election was a sham, it did not go well. If fell abysmally short of the expected standards of a free and fair election in terms of the laws of Zimbabwe as well as in terms of SADC and AU protocols on free and fair elections.
“Accordingly, we are not attending that process. We want to send a clear message that there should be a free election in Zimbabwe under the auspices of SADC. So, that is the message that will be sending out.”
After the contested 2018 general election, then MDC-Alliance MPs walked out as soon as Mnangagwa began his SONA in protest.