MDC Alliance Vice President Tendai Biti’s response on behalf of the MDC Alliance led by Advocate Nelson Chamisa.
“The speaker of parliament Jacob Mudenda purporting to act on a letter of recall written by MDC-T recalled the participation in parliament for four of our members of parliament.
As MDC Alliance movement we stand in solidarity with Nelson Chamisa, and members of parliament Thabitha Khumalo, Chalton Hwende and Prosper Mutseyami and Lilian TeviosWe are aware that the basis of these shenanigeans emanate from the events of 31 July 2018 when he lost to Nelson Chamisa. This is a predatory response by Emmerson Mnangagwa because he lost the elections.We continue to say Mnangagwa you are illegitimate and we will never bestow the elgitimacy you lack.
We are greatly concerned by the capture and abuse of state institutions to pursue personal vindictiveness. It emanates from the court ruling by the supreme court judgement that was made in the middle lockdown. The parliament today sat for 15 minutes to recall our members of parliament.
We want to tell Mnangagwa that throughout history, authoritarian regimes have constantly strove to destroy people’s projects but that doesn’t work. It failed to work when Smith tried to destroy the people’s project but he failed.”
We consider what has happened today as a declaration of war, as the end of normal politics. We as a people we will defend ourself. we have given peace a chance and we have given dialogue a chance. Emmerson Mnangagwa has shown that he is not interested in dialogue. There is no struggle without scars, there is no struggle without bruises. we dust ourselves and face the beast in the eye.”
History is fully of people who have been judged harshly by the people like Moïse Tshombe. Mr Mnangagwa has closed the doors of dialogue, so we are changing gears and he must accept the consequences of shutting that door. Everyone in Zimbabwe knows we are MDC Alliance. No judgement can change that and you cannot force MPs to suddenly be members of the MDC-T. We will defend in the water, in the air, on the ground.
It is a matter of regret that the authoritarian regime of ED Mnangagwa continues to capture state institutions including Parliament and the Judiciary to pursue his agenda of trying to destroy the MDC Alliance. The People’s Project can’t be destroyed. The people will defend it.
The regime has declared war on us. We gave dialogue a chance but Mnangagwa refused to take the olive branch. We will constitutionally exercise our right to safeguard our Movement and Nelson Chamisa. There’s no struggle without scars. We will not rest until Zimbabwe is free