Diaspora must have a vote – MDC

JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwe has an estimated 3-4million of its citizens living in the diaspora after fleeing political persecution and an economic decline during the past 11 years.

As the country prepares for a constitutional referendum and new elections that will see the current inclusive government pave way for a new administration, most exiles and civil rights groups are lobbying for their inclusion in both processes through the Diaspora vote.

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Jameson Timba, the MDC’s International Relations Secretary, who is also a National Executive member of the party, he said this in Johannesburg that his party fully supports this.

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“We want all Zimbabweans to participate in all democratic and national processes in the country,” he said.

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“Those in the Diaspora need to exercise their constitutional right to vote – wherever they may be – so that they are not left out of the struggle for democracy and have a say in how we should move forward.”

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The MDC led by Welshman Ncube also supports votes for the diaspora, although Zanu (PF) is yet to commit to it.