Feburary 19 2017 – THERE are an estimated five million Zimbabweans in diaspora – the largest number of immigration movement from Zimbabwe under the black rule as compared to that during the minority white regime.
TAD believes in strengthening the pillars of democracy in Zimbabwe through the revival of a healthy civic society, chapter 9 like institutions and the right to vote for all its citizens both at home and abroad.
Practical democracy is alien in Zimbabwe – though, on the surface, the country conducts elections religiously every five years, these are not always free, fair, credible and democratic.
President Mugabe has admitted that more than 15 billions of dollars is missing, his wife Grace was allegedly also caught in the controversy of buying a diamond ring from a Lebanese businessman.
Concern was raised after alleged instructions issued that funds should be reimbursed into the first lady’s Dubai Banking Account – further confirming that most of Zimbabwe’s wealth is being externalised. To this end, TAD is building a case through lawyers for human rights against the Zimbabwean Presidency.
Meanwhile here in Mzansi, SA’ Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba recently announced that companies need to comply with the requirement to employ at least of 60% South African citizens.
The Department of Home Affairs is also deliberating on the fate of about 200 000 Zimbabweans whose permits expire at end of the year, and if NOT renewed, will become illegal and jobless – and could find themselves home without a plan .
I believe that as founding President of Zimbabwe’s newest Political Party – The African Democrats (TAD) many professionals, artists and even politicians have been displaced because of the political instability brought about by the Robert Mugabe-led government over the past 38 years.
This prompted TAD to:
- Give serious consideration to means to force the Zimbabwean Government to allow those in the diaspora to vote. TAD believes that if all Zimbabweans take part in electing their Government of choice, the majority of Zimbabweans would be encouraged go back home to support a Government they know was elected democratically.
- TAD proposes that the Zimbabwean Government consider IT system solutions that will enable citizens in the diaspora to register and vote through Zimbabwean Embassies with the help of host countries. Using technology, Zimbabweans in diaspora can also vote in places of residences.
- TAD is also formulating a Repatriation and Investment Proposal for South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs and Department of Trade and Industry, to help address the repatriation of Zimbabweans with a concrete plan to avail expertise of those in diaspora to be optimally utilised back home.
- TAD proposes to work on how affected jobs such as those in SA can be exported to Zimbabwe through this repatriation and investment package.
- TAD is working on attracting Zimbabwean experts to build a think tank and the party’s advisory board and as president have been consulting with Zimbabweans in the diaspora on contingency plans in the event that Zimbabwe recovers.
- Lastly, the party is conducting a 5-point survey documenting responses that focus on the following priorities:
- restoring democracy, 2. respect for human rights, 3. property rights, 4. cutting the red tape of doing business and repealing Mugabe’s evil system in its entirely – – replacing it with a democratic system with a constitution similar to South Africa’
–Marco Machona is the leader of the recently formed The African Democcrat and has lived in several countries including the US, and now SA. He is also the former vice president of the International Student Organization in the US and is and is currently studying towards another PhD in Food Security at Wits University. He is also a former TV and Radio host in Zimbabwe, SA and Germany.For more call on 072 645 6922 or email@example.com
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