MDC-A, ZAPU Vow To Resist ‘Compulsory Ideological Reorientation’ Of Civil Servants
20 September 2021
Opposition parties have slammed the resolution by the ZANU PF Bulawayo province to make it mandatory for civil servants to attend the ruling party’s Herbert Chitepo School of Ideology.
Bulawayo province held an inter-district meeting at Davies Hall on Saturday, and among other things recommended that government employees should undergo compulsory ideological reorientation.
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Speaking soon after the closed-door meeting, the party's administration secretary, Raymond Mutomba, said:
Among other resolutions, the province also called for all civil servants and youths to attend the Chitepo School of Ideology.
Commenting on the party’s resolution, the MDC Alliance Bulawayo provincial spokesperson, Swithern Chirowodza described the resolution as unconstitutional and an attempt to create a one-party state. Said Chirowodza:
This resolution is coming from dead minds speaking from a graveyard of fools. To start with, civil servants constitutionally are supposed to be apolitical.
You cannot coerce civil servants to join a political party that is not of their choice. As MDC Alliance we will definitely resist this move if ZANU PF tries to implement it.
Speaking in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, ZAPU spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa described Bulawayo province’s resolution as “command support for ZANU PF”. He said:
Even at his worst (former President Robert) Mugabe never stooped so low like this regime.
Just like the doling out of state-of-the-art vehicles to principals of the discredited Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) this again is part of ZANU PF’s grand plan to create a one-party state in the country.
The rest of the region and the world has fully embraced multi-democracy but it is sad that ZANU PF is taking us back to the 19th century.
We cannot allow our children and civil servants to attend the so-called ideology where they will be taught violence, tribalism, and looting.