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Chamisa blames ED for violence

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa of abrogating on his duties and resorting to violence in the face of demands by people that he fulfils his constitutional mandate.

By Everson Mushava

MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa consoles relatives at the funeral wake of Kelvin Choto who was allegedly killed by police in Chitungwiza on Monday. Picture: Shepherd Tozvireva

Speaking at the funeral of one of the victims of the security force’s heavy-handed response to last week’s protests, Chamisa said if Mnangagwa ignored the people’s economic plight he would continue to be under pressure and things would not get any better for the Zanu PF leader.

“If you check, the constitution demands the President to serve the country, not to beat the people when they demand him to serve them,” Chamisa told mourners at the burial of Tinashe Choto in Chitungwiza.

“He has failed on his duties. Government has no right to take away the life of the people, but to protect them. Tinashe died not because he was sick, but because government is sick.”

Choto was shot in the head on Monday when violence broke out in Chitungwiza and all over the country during the stayaway called by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and backed by civil movements, including Tajamuka and #ThisFlag Movement.

Kelvin Tinashe Choto’s relatives mourn him in Unit A, Seke, yesterday. Picture: Shepherd Tozvireva.

He was coming from the nearby Makoni shopping centre where he had gone for soccer betting when he was caught in the cross fire. A bullet ripped off part of his head when he moved from a mango tree where he had taken refuge.

The 22-year-old, who was the captain of Chitungwiza City Football Club, is survived by a wife and a seven-month-old baby.

Chamisa, who said he attended the funeral as a private citizen, said Mnangagwa had no justification to use the military no matter the gravity of protests.

He said it was government’s responsibility to respect the sanctity of life as provided in the constitution under the Bill of Rights, not vice versa. Chamisa blasted the government for failing to send even a low-ranking official to console the family and offer burial assistance.

“I want to write a letter to Mnangagwa, asking him why he is killing his people. We want to take the matter up with Sadc, the UN and all organs and tell them that the people are under siege from their own government,” Chamisa said.

He blasted the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation for biased reporting; warning such “type of reckless reporting” was causing divisions in the country and had the potential of causing a Rwanda-type genocide.

At least 12 people have reportedly been killed by the military and other state agents since violence broke out during last week’s protests. Government has blamed the MDC for the violence.

10 Responses to Chamisa blames ED for violence

  1. kilo January 20, 2019 at 10:34 am #

    Dont lie. Akapfurwa because he was attacking and destroying zvinhu zvevanhu. he was a footballer, but also an MDC activist caught on wrong side of the law. Bhora rekupi rinotambiwa on Monday morning

  2. inindini January 20, 2019 at 11:32 am #

    Vana kilo tinokuzivai.

  3. Wachilo January 20, 2019 at 11:41 am #

    Why not just arrest him? Why kill him? Is this country at war? At war with who?

  4. Gatsi January 20, 2019 at 4:36 pm #

    Vanhu munofira mahara, siyanai nezvema protest izvi

  5. cellnet munfish January 20, 2019 at 8:34 pm #

    It’s politics and ts adirty game only played with fools

  6. Hayibo. January 20, 2019 at 11:24 pm #

    Zimbabweans should chase away Chamisa when he visits people killed or injured during his violent
    protests . Chamisa causes people to be violent and when they meet the wrath of the law he blames ED . Chamisa should not be allowed to tell lies . Mudzingei kuzvipatara nekundufu dzevanhu vanenge aurayisa nekukuvadzisa . Sei vanhu muchipusiswa nekamajigisi aka. Chamisa gets people killed and injured and then comes to pray for them . What kind of a Pastor is this ?

    • VIVAZIM January 22, 2019 at 10:48 pm #

      that’s crap my friend,,,,people are not being sent to protest it is vividly a result of the current government that is failing to meet the needs of the people.Its been hard there,year after year its same story and you have the audacity to call Chamisa a majijigiz.You are useless

  7. Gaura January 21, 2019 at 7:04 am #

    I never had MDC ploting this protest,why don’t you blame unions and labour forces ,Government must meet cost of living ,all prices are up but an employed person mari yake yakastika panzvimbo imwe chete,Fuel prices is up zvakanyanya most parents use their private vehicles to drop kids to xool on their way to work but now they cannot afford that.If you still blame MDC on this issue namatai kudenga mupihwe meso muone

  8. Gumbojena January 21, 2019 at 11:57 am #

    Come on that was a union protest not a political one thats why even Zanu members were caught protesting and looting..It was not a party protest

  9. Elijah Chihota January 21, 2019 at 2:43 pm #

    Chamisa should not shift blame to President Mnagagwa. Never at one time did we hear the President calling for demonstration- that language was being propagated by the MDC and Chamisa during and after campaigns. It has since emerged that demonstrators went on to loot goods from shops and burning cars and this led to the injury of most people.

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