Crisis Coalition fires salvo at state media – ZimEye
Crisis Coalition fires a salvo at state media
Crisis Coalition is not concerned with the now usual propaganda of state media
In recent times, the state-controlled media has published a predictable series of defamatory propaganda articles alleging that civil society organizations (CSOs) under the banner of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition seek to destabilize and overthrow the government. . Their running theme is that we want to effect regime change in the country.
The latest of these unsubstantiated allegations appeared in The Sunday Mail on May 22, 2022 under a malicious headline: ‘NGOs plot to destabilize exposed Zim’. The Coalition’s proposal documents and account numbers published in The Sunday Mail, purporting to be a scoop, are in fact documents that the Coalition has submitted to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority in accordance with the country’s tax laws.
We have noted but not surprised that the regime can stoop so low that it uses private information submitted in confidence to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority to score cheap propaganda points. So much about ‘open for business.’ It is shameful.
The malicious allegations contained in state propaganda articles are nothing but a desperate attempt to find a scapegoat for the inability of the ZANU PF government to run the country and its economy.
The outgoing ZANU PF government is clearly in panic mode as evidence of failure mounts. These are clearly desperate attempts to scare and intimidate those who speak out against his failures. They now seem more determined to close any remaining democratic space.
For the record, the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition is an umbrella body bringing together members from across the church, labour, women, youth, students, farmers, ex-combatants, the informal sector, formal businesses and social movements working broadly to see democratic and economic development. developed Zimbabwe.
Again, for the record, we remain non-partisan but very political. The issues we collectively engage in span the political, economic and social spheres – and the constitution of the republic provides for our varied mandates, hence our existence.
We are not and have never been agents of terror. In fact, much of what we see, experience and fight in Zimbabwe is state-sponsored terror dating back to the 1980s, when an estimated 20,000 civilians lost their lives; many more suffered rape, kidnapping, displacement and torture under the ZANU PF government.
This pattern of rapes, kidnappings, wrongful arrests, detentions and public slander by ZANU PF propagandists has become familiar business to a desperate regime. All who challenge the excesses of the ruling ZANU PF party, including those within ZANU PF itself, face the same consequences.
We want to set the record straight and affirm that all our activities as a Coalition, those of our members and other civil society actors are legitimate and legal; the ZANU PF government often sends its state security officers, particularly police Homeland Security Intelligence, informants and Central Intelligence Organization duty officers to assist with civil society activities, and we always welcome them. It’s because we have nothing to hide.
It is evident that a small clique within the ZANU PF government wants to turn this country into a one-party state, in their mistaken belief of turning Zimbabwe into a mini communist kingdom without elections.
This little clique, averse to history, has slowly derailed the post-independence dream country of a Zimbabwe that offers all its citizens a decent life, equal opportunities and access to basic goods and services. . This quest of the small clique of ZANU PF goes against the popular values for which we fought during the long war of liberation.
Father Zimbabwe, Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo’s statement remains true, 42 years after independence, that “…the people of Zimbabwe live in fear, not of enemies, but of their own government”.
We have taken note of these shameful efforts by state-controlled media to fuel the persecution of human rights defenders through malicious and false allegations. This is clearly intended to deter human rights defenders from holding the small kleptocratic clique of ZANU PF to account. However, we will not be discouraged.
Our interests are legitimate as well as constitutional. Article 7 of the national constitution empowers and mandates us to educate Zimbabweans about their rights.
• Fighting for workers’ rights is not regime change.
• Fighting corruption and stripping of the state is not regime change.
• Fighting for women, youth, children, disabled people is not regime change
• Fighting for decent and affordable education or health care is not a change of regime.
• Fighting for clean, portable water is not a change of regime.
• Fighting for a decent and safe transport system is not a regime change.
• Fighting for inclusive and coherent economic policy is not regime change.
• Fighting for a non-partisan police force that provides human security for all citizens, regardless of political affiliation, is not regime change.
• Fighting the mutilation of our constitution through unwarranted amendments by a selfish clique wanting to retain political power for the sake of it is not regime change.
Above all, fighting to maintain the constitution is not regime change.
To set the record straight, citizens have the right to participate in political processes, in accordance with article 67 of the constitution. On the contrary, Article 67 of the constitution of the republic actually allows citizens to change any regime or government in this country. According to this section, and as read with others, changing a regime or government in this country is not illegal and is not a crime. This is the very essence of going to elections.
Zimbabwe’s constitution therefore provides for regime change by allowing citizens to vote and choose a government of their choice. The small ZANU PF clique needs to know this and know that citizens are aware of this right and therefore will not hesitate to exercise it.
Again, citizens have the right to hold the government to account through peaceful protest, as stipulated in Article 59 of the Zimbabwean constitution.
So, the small ZANU PF clique and its propagandists must know that these routine threats through malicious and false reporting will only strengthen our resolve, rather than subdue us. We have done nothing wrong and we will continue our work in defense of the constitutional rights that we should all enjoy.
The defense of these fundamental rights and freedoms is our small contribution to keeping alive the value and virtues of the liberation struggle and our hard-won independence.
In this regard, we remain FIRM and UNBLOCKED in our resolve to fight for a democratic, corruption-free and economically developed Zimbabwe, where progress is inclusive and benefits all citizens.
We encourage President Mnangagwa and his government to uphold the principles and spirit of our national constitution. The rule of law and constitutionalism must be the common denominator of how our country is governed. Zimbabwe is for everyone, regardless of political party, ethnicity, gender or race.