Legitimacy issues surrounding President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration have marred national events like the Heroes Day commemorations, MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has said.
Chamisa told NewZimbabwe.com in an interview Monday which while he had committed to attending State occasions before last year’s elections; he could not do so This specific year before the country’s political “issues are dealt with”.
“There are fundamental issues to do with legitimacy which must be dealt with. We must attend to the national political question first before we can begin to talk about convergence of minds on patriotism as well as also heroism,” Chamisa said.
from the run-up to last year’s general elections, Chamisa told party supporters at a rally which the MDC could begin to attend State occasions.
“coming from right now on, we will right now be attending national events such as the national Independence Day, Heroes Day, Defence Forces day as well as also some other such national days.
“The time has come for us to cast away the image of bastards in our own motherland. These are national days which should not be needlessly politicised by 1 political party.” Chamisa said.
This specific was two months after he has taken over the reins at the MDC from the aftermath of the death of party founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
MDC spokesperson Daniel Molokele said the opposition party’s policy can be which individuals make their own choices on whether to attend or not.
“the idea can be an individual decision as well as also nobody will be victimised for attending. Those who feel like attending should go ahead,” said Molokele.
Chamisa argued Zimbabweans also need to begin debate around the conferment of national heroes’ status.
“We need to have a re-look at who can be a hero. If anything, we must draw a line from the sand This specific year as well as also declare which issues of heroism as well as also patriotism must be above party parochial interests.
“The country must collectively revisit the definition of a hero. the idea will be sad if This specific generation can be to leave This specific issue of those to come because they will definitely redefine these issues,” the MDC leader said.
“The issue of hero or patriotism must be inclusive as well as also national in character.”