MDC sets record straight on why it is not participating in the Motlanthe Commission of inquiry


Various media organisations took and aired live footage of events as they unfolded on the 1st of August. The brazen lies and perjuristic testimonies by high ranking state security and government officials have vindicated what we have always said about the culture of our governance.

Historically, we have been at pains to explain how Zimbabweans are living under oppression and subjugation from a captured state. It is characterised by the following;-

  1. There is no iota of accountability
  2. There is total disregard of constitutionalism and the rule of law

iii. There is blatant abuse of State institutions

  1. Absence of transparency
  2. Total disregard of people’s rights and freedoms

The democratic movement and the People’s Party, we owe a responsibility to the people of Zimbabwe, the region and our international partners to set the record straight in view of the brazen lies being concocted at the Commission of Inquiry. The sole purpose of this concoction is covering up the heinous crime against humanity perpetrated against the people of Zimbabwe.

The MDC wishes to set the record straight regarding –

  1. Why the MDC is not participating in the Commission of Inquiry
  2. The history of state sponsored, state sanctioned and state protected violence in Zimbabwe

iii.  The founding and existential values of the MDC

  1. The publicly known events of the 1st of August
  2. The Vanguard
  3. The internal procedures of the MDC for Party demonstrations

vii.  Our rights as enshrined under s59 of the Constitution and the MDC’s commitment to peace

viii. The testimonies heard at the Commission of Inquiry

  1. Relationship between the MDC and state institutions

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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