ZANU-PF has warned that it will not hesitate to use its Parliamentary majority to pass legislation that will make life difficult for the MDC-A and supporters who are calling for more sanctions against the country.
The West, notably United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK), have said they are considering more sanctions against President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government. The US is looking at restricting local exports because of worker suppression by the government.
Zanu-PF acting spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa told journalists during a party Press conference in Harare that they would respond to the measures proposed by the UK by piling pressure on “surrogate” citizens.
“Their (UK) threats to tighten sanctions on us at a time our government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is spearheading the President’s re-engagement and engagement strategy is regrettable,” Chinamasa said.
“If the British and Americans continue on that regrettable path, we will, through our Legislature, mobilise tough measures on their surrogates and sycophants here,” he said.
Chinamasa said the party would target the opposition and civic society through legislation.
“Our Parliament is ready and our people are ready. We are tired of being punch bags of this Uncle Tom politics,” he said.
Government has already started amending the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act to make it a criminal offence for private citizens to negotiate with a foreign government.
Chinamasa said the law would be used as a weapon to punish alleged “surrogates and sycophants of the West”.
“I thought I had already mentioned that the government is putting in place and debating legislation to hit the surrogates and sycophants and agencies who are among us, who are citizens of Zimbabwe … we have power over our citizens, our citizens should not commit treasonous acts,” he said.
President Mnangagwa also announced during his speech on the official opening of the Third Session of the Ninth Parliament of Zimbabwe that the Legislature will consider a Bill to regulate errant non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that do not operate in sync with government programmes.
“The British Parliament, where the blatant lies were made, among them that (suspended Zimbabwe Miners Federation president Henrietta) Rushwaya … is a niece of President Mnangagwa. ■