MDC Alliance President Nelson Chamisa has described Zimbabwe as a Banana Republic, led by ZANU PF, a party that views the country as a one-party state.
Speaking on The Namibian’s Desert Radio, the opposition leader bemoaned how the ruling party continuously stifled the opposition party’s operations to cement its dictatorial regime. He said on the station’s Breakfast in the Desert Show:
We are not a democratic nation at all. We are clearly a Banana Republic, where we have the incumbent behaving in a very weird manner. They think that they are in a one-party state.
They want to throttle us, make sure that they advance the consolidation of authoritarianism, tyranny by banning the existence of the MDC Alliance as an alternative.
We have stood our ground, we have managed to resist this persecution and the fact that we are still standing is actually something we must give kudos to the people of Zimbabwe for continuing to support us, to believe in us.
This is why we have continued to give an alternative platform to Zimbabweans so that we give them hope.
I am excited to say that when you look at what we have done, the people are happy.
Chamisa emphasised the need for members of the Southern Africa Development Committee (SADC) to play an active role in ensuring Zimbabwe’s 2023 elections get to the “minimum level of international best practice.”
He added that a disputed election would add to the region’s frail democratic outlook, and also affects the region’s peace and stability.
Chamisa still maintains that ZANU PF, in connivance with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), manipulated the results of the 2018 presidential election in favour of President Emmerson Mnangagwa who the MDC Alliance says is illegitimate.