MDC Official Attacks Civil Society

Addressing members of the civil society at a meeting organised by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights in Bulawayo, said “As civil society, you successfully teamed up to lobby against the NGO bill because it was putting your jobs on the line and today the bill is in the archives. You should continue to do the same for any other bills that are not good for the people of Zimbabwe.”

Khumalo who is also the Deputy National Spokesperson for the MDC-T accused civil society of not attending parliamentary select committees and giving their members vital information on the proceedings

She said only the media is covering the select committee meetings. “It is your duty as members of civil society to attend parliamentary select committee meetings and compile reports on the proceedings for the benefit of your members. The media will only use what they regard as newsworthy living out vital information that the public should hear.”

Some of those who attended the meeting said while they agreed that civil society was not doing enough, they felt that some MDC-T members of parliament were being too critical of the civil society.

Resaon Ngenya and Hlanhla Sibanda both from the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions  (ZCTU) accused some of the MDC-T MPs of forgetting that they came from the
civil society.

“Some of the MPs have become so critical of the civil society and are forgetting that the MDC came from the civil society,” said Ngwenya.

He accused some MDC-T MPs of having made some “outrageous remarks” about positions taken by some civil society groups on the constitution making process.