Zimbabwe opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party on Friday called off plans to hold a mock inauguration to name its leader Nelson Chamisa as the country’s president.
The MDC had planned the event to highlight its claims that the July 30 election was rigged and that Chamisa was the rightful president, rather than President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ruling ZANU-PF.
But the event has been called off after public gatherings were banned due to a cholera outbreak, a situation the opposition frowns at.
“The Movement for Democratic Change has postponed its 19th-anniversary celebrations,” party spokesman Jacob Mafume said in a statement.
“It is clear that the government is abusing the cholera epidemic for political purposes and puts into serious doubt that the ban of our commemoration event was out of genuine concern.”
The cholera outbreak, first detected in the township of Glen View outside Harare earlier this month, prompted the health ministry to declare an emergency in the city after at least 3,000 cases were reported as the disease spreads to other towns as well as rural areas across the country.