By James Martin
Zimbabwe Agricultural Society (ZAS) has reportedly blocked MDC from exhibiting at this year’s edition of the show which kicked off on Monday.
This has left the labour backed opposition party seething with anger at President Emmerson Mnangagwa whom it accused of interfering with the exhibition host.
The ZAS prohibition comes on the back of the MDC’s banned demonstrations in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru and Masvingo on the pretext that the police feared protests may go out of hand and become violent.
MDC Harare Province Youth Secretary Denford Ngadziore who had applied for exhibition space on behalf of the party two weeks ago told this publication that the prohibition by ZAS which was delivered to the party verbally was evident that there is state interference hence the need for political reforms in Zimbabwe.
“It is a clear interference of the state in ZAS affairs. That is the reason President (Nelson) Chamisa has been calling for the government to institute reforms or we will force the government to reform,” he said.
Hammy Madzingira who is the Harare Province Youth Information Secretary concurred with Ngadziore describing the ZAS blockade as ‘barbaric.’
“We have detected Zanu PF fingerprints all over this barbaric act we therefore strongly condemn the influence of ED (President Emmerson Mnangagwa) maladministration in the administration of ZAS.”
Had the MDC been allowed to showcase, it was going to be their second time exhibiting at the fair having first exhibited in 2017.
When contacted for comment ZAS spokesperson Roberta Katunga could not confirm nor deny the embargo on the opposition but instead requested that questions be sent via email.
However, Katunga did not answer the sent questions at the time of publishing even though she had promised that she would answer.