Zimbabwe Faces Economic Strain Due to Frequent Parliamentary Recalls, says Zanu PF

Zanu PF Criticizes Continual Elections as Costly and Disruptive to National Progress
November 24, 2023
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In Zimbabwe, the recurring recalls of members of parliament and local councillors have thrust the nation into an ongoing cycle of elections, raising concerns about the financial and political implications. The ruling party, Zanu PF, has voiced its alarm over the significant expenses incurred as a result of these continuous political maneuvers.

At the heart of these recalls is the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), the main opposition party. Interim Secretary General Sengezo Tshabangu, a figure surrounded by controversy, has been responsible for the dismissal of 28 MPs and numerous councillors, on the grounds of party disaffiliation. However, Tshabangu’s actions have been met with skepticism, as allegations suggest he might be colluding with Zanu PF to weaken the CCC.

The political turmoil took a new turn when High Court Judge Tawanda Chitapi intervened, issuing an interdict to halt further recalls by Tshabangu. Despite this legal barrier, the damage to the political landscape appears significant.

In a recent interview, Zanu PF’s acting director of information, Farai Marapira, expressed frustration over the situation. “While we respect the legal processes, these incessant recalls have become a nuisance,” Marapira stated. He further criticized the financial repercussions, noting that the funds used for these elections could have been allocated to other vital sectors of the economy.

The accusations against Zanu PF are severe, with claims of orchestrating these recalls to secure a two-thirds majority in Parliament, enabling them to enact constitutional changes. The upcoming by-elections, scheduled for December 10 following the recall of 15 MPs in October, are estimated to cost around US$5 million. This expenditure comes in the absence of financial support from the European Union, which withdrew its backing after citing flaws in the electoral process.

The situation presents a challenging scenario for Zimbabwe, caught in a loop of political instability and financial strain. As the country prepares for yet another round of elections, the impact on its economy and the vision of President Emmerson