Crisis Coalition Statement on Independence Day

The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, CiZC, joins Zimbabweans from all walks of life and progressive forces from across the globe in commemorating the independence of Zimbabwe from the grip of colonial rule.

On the 18th of April 1980 the Union Jack was lowered marking an end to the racist, fascist rule of the right wing settler regime. Independence came after a protracted armed struggle, executed at the cost of many lives, and the sweat, tears and blood of citizens in reclaiming back their country, their land. The world celebrated the bold push back against imperialism and expected Zimbabwe to March towards an egalitarian society under a democratic progressive developmental state. This was the promise of independence, at independence.

42 years on after the cherished independence, Zimbabwe has significantly regressed back to fascism and has become a puppet of imperialist forces. The right wing tendencies of the current government continue to negate the Liberation agenda; the government has metamorphosized into an increasingly authoritarian polity, adopted a ruinous neo liberal economic agenda and embarked on massive looting of national resources.

The CiZC envisions a democratic and economically developed Zimbabwe, a vision which is in sync with the Liberation agenda of establishing a democratic progressive developmental state. The Coalition has therefore become the natural vehicle for accelerating the completion of the Liberation struggle. CiZC notes that reactionary forces have taken over the reigns of power and are derailing the Liberation Project. To that end the Coalition has identified 3 crisis points which have to be addressed as we complete the liberation project.

Read the full statement here (320KB PDF)

Source: Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition

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