Bad Governance Is Another Pandemic Tormenting Nation- President Chamisa
10 March 2021
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Tinashe Sambiri|MDC Alliance leader President Nelson Chamisa has said Mr Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration is now dangerous to citizens.

President Chamisa made the remarks during his Agenda 2021 address to the nation on Tuesday afternoon.

President Chamisa bemoaned the rampant violation of human rights by the Zanu PF regime.

See part of part of President Chamisa’s Agenda 2021 statement:

Fellow Zimbabweans,
I come before you at a time when our nation and the rest of the world are facing a
deep crisis due to the COVID19 pandemic.

To date, the world has lost 2.54 million people to the pandemic, with 114 million
recorded cases of infection. Our continent has lost over 100 000 lives and we in
Zimbabwe have lost over 1400 people because of the pandemic.

The last few months
have been particularly terrible for our communities.

I commend our healthcare
workers and all those at the frontline in this fight against the pandemic.

All of us have been affected by the pandemic, due to the lockdowns and associated
rules which have been imposed as part of measures to curb the spread of the
pandemic. We are not alone in this fight.

Virtually every nation has had to respond to
a scourge that became an existential threat to humanity.

However, it has reminded all of us members of the human family of our shared
vulnerabilities and the importance of enhancing our networks of cooperation and
assistance in the face of a common enemy.

I commend the excellent work of everyone
who has worked hard and invested much to find solutions to protect humanity from
this pandemic.

In our context, Zimbabwe is weighed down by twin crises – the Covid-19 pandemic
and a bad governance pandemic.

Rising authoritarianism has rendered the State
unstable and saddled with serious contradictions.

Unstable oppressive regimes are
dangerous to their own citizens.

The gross human rights violations against regional
and international instruments must be seen within this context.

But we must not lose
hope. Storms make us stronger yet they never last forever.

It is in this context that I present to you Zimbabwe agenda for 2021.

However, before
I do that, I must comment on how we fared in the past year.
We are Survivors.

2020 was a difficult year, but we survived adverse forces that we trained against us,
itself strong testimony of the strength of the idea that we represent and the undying
spirit of our people. In 2020, we faced crises from two sources: The first was the
crisis that I have already referred to, namely, the crisis of the COVID19 pandemic.

The second was the crisis of authoritarianism whereby the regime embarked on a
relentless assault and onslaught upon democracy and our party.

This assault involved the use of state machinery to subvert democracy and the will of
the people.

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