ZAS blocks MDC from exhibiting at Show

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.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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