MDC President Nelson Chamisa on Thursday blasted participants in the ongoing anti-sanctions marches across the country, labelling them as “madinga”, a derogative term for fools.
Chamisa was speaking at the late vendor Hilton Tafadzwa Tamangani’s funeral wake.
Tamangira, died in prison last Friday amid allegations that he was tortured by police, with his lawyers claiming the deceased was denied access to proper medical facilities and private doctors.
Chamisa said organisers of the march were fully aware that they were just playing Zimbabweans the fools.
“I heard they are organising an anti-sanctions march and the orgasnisers are saying we have madingas (fools) who are going to be marching,” Chamisa said.
Chamisa criticised President Emmerson Mnangagwa for his failure to seek dialogue with United States President Donald Trump that could have ended America’s targeted sanctions on the country.
“He (Mnangagwa) was at the United Nations summit recently; he could have asked to talk to Trump and ask for the removal of the sanctions,” Chamisa said.
Chamisa said if the meeting had materialised, Trump was going to ask Mnangagwa to respect human rights first before the restrictive measures could be lifted.
“Trump was just going to say do not kill Hilton, do not beat your own people and do not steal,” Chamisa said.
The US, through the Zimbabwe Democracy and Recovery Act (ZIDERA), imposed sanctions on the country decades ago.
Zimbabwe has, over the last two decades, unsuccessfully adopted alternative means to counter-balance the impact of the sanctions.
Lines of credit have dried up and the country cannot presently access concessionary funding from the international community, including the Bretton Woods institutions.