Harare – Zimbabwean opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has warned of possible civil unrest in the country due to the current cash crisis.
In a statement sent to News24, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu claimed that the current cash crunch, which was now also said to be causing shortages of basic commodities, could fuel civil unrest.
The southern African country has in recent months experienced its second worst cash crunch since 2008, causing locals to spend hours in bank queues. Some ATMs were reportedly only dispensing $60 per person.
However, as a means to reduce the country's cash crunch, the treasury recently announced plans to introduce bond notes, but had since been met by tense resistance, as locals feared going back to the country’s abandoned currency.
Slamming President Robert Mugabe's party, the MDC spokesperson claimed that since the ruling Zanu-PF claimed victory in the 2013 "questionable" election, the country's economic outlook had been on a downward spiral.
"At the rate that the Zimbabwean economy is imploding, there is a very real risk of civil commotion taking place in the country soon because millions of Zimbabweans have no access to food and even the Zanu-PF regime itself is struggling to timeously pay civil servants their salaries," said Gutu.
Gutu further described Mugabe's regime as illegitimate, adding that this was the reason the country’s economy was struggling.
"At the root of Zimbabwe's economic malaise is the lack of political legitimacy by the ruling Zanu-PF regime. The economic situation from July 2013 up to date is dire," he said.
He said that the nonagenarian together with his entire cabinet must resign and call for "fresh votes".
"The MDC calls upon President Robert Mugabe and his entire cabinet to immediately step down and to allow for the holding of free, fair and credible elections that will be run and supervised by the United Nations with the active participation of both SADC and the AU. As currently constituted, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is completely incapable of running an election that will pass the test of legitimacy," said Gutu.