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Keeping The Govt Under Check: Local Pressure Group Hits The Ground Running


After Zimbabwe’s disputed polls, the country’s economy is apparently on a downward trend while the ruling party, Zanu PF is suffering from a legitimacy crisis.

Prospects of economic revival are quite dim and prices of basic commodities are spiraling at a time unemployment is very high.

To the ordinary Zimbabwean, especially considering events obtaining on the ground, promises of economic revival under the Zanu PF government are nothing but mere politicking.

In light of the challenge, grassroots organization, Zimbabwe Yadzoka/Mayibuye iZimbabwe has launched a project aimed at educating ordinary citizens to demand accountability from the new government.

The programme also seeks to empower ordinary citizens to pressure the government to deliver on their election promises.

Zimbabwe Yadzoka/Mayibuye iZimbabwe leader, Dr Victor Chimhutu said the official launch of the programme will be held in Manicaland.

“It’s the responsibility of citizens to see whether elected officials are keeping up their promises and in that regard, the programme will seek to raise important issues of accountability and servant leadership. As usual, the movement will continue to push for citizens’ participation in the political and developmental agenda of the country.

“We will be urging citizens in the margins to be actively visible in the mainstream. We will continue to facilitate the agency of those in the periphery using various strategies such as Nhimbe/Ilima, pungwes as well as door to door campaigns,” said Chimhutu.

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He said as part of the programme, Zimbabwe Yadzoka/Mayibuye iZimbabwe will be distributing fliers translated into different vernacular languages.

Prior to the July 30, 2018 elections, Zimbabwe Yadzoka/Mayibuye iZimbabwe held a series of programmes countrywide during which they urged ordinary citizens to vote for able leadership.

Going forward, Chimhutu said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission needs to be reconstituted if ever the country is to hold credible polls.

He also said that it was prudent for the Zimbabwe National Army to stay away from politics adding that the judiciary must be free from any political interference.

Following the human rights violations in the aftermath of the July elections, Chimhutu said establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission was critical “to heal our broken nation and restore trust”.


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