We’ll overthrow ED govt: MDC

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

THE opposition MDC says it is going to overthrow President Emmerson Mnangagwa before his term of office expires in 2023.

At a rally in Bikita, Masvingo province on Saturday as the main opposition extends its rural outreach and mobilisation ahead of what the party says will be the ultimate demonstration to
“bring Zimbabwe to a new dawn”, vice-chairperson Job Sikhala (pictured) said the MDC was going to overthrow Mnangagwa.

“We are a committed leadership that will give Zanu PF headaches and [Amos] Chibaya was not lying or joking about the war and fight we are going to take to the doorsteps of Emmerson
Mnangagwa. We are going to overthrow him before 2023 that is not a joke,” Sikhala said.

Zanu PF has, meanwhile, equated Sikhala’s strong language to a coup plot, through the use of violence.

Youth league leader Lewis Matutu, said Sikhala’s statements show that there is an attempt to effect a coup.

“When a person says they want to overthrow a constitutionally-elected President, they are committing an offence and they are threatening a coup, this will not be allowed in this
country. We love our peace and it will be protected,” he said.

The statements by Sikhala, a lawyer by profession, come as the MDC national executive meets for the first time this week since the elective congress in May before launching a roadmap to
dealing with the political and economic problems bedevilling Zimbabwe.

The meeting is to map a definitive way on how to engage Mnangagwa and the Zanu PF-led government amid growing chorus from within the party for confrontation.

The party’s standing committee last week resolved, among other things, to have a retreat for its first national executive to make decisions that will affect the party and the country.

Party spokesperson Daniel Molokele said the party will also put final touches on its transitional blueprint, Reload which details how the party would move the country forward.

“The national executive will meet next week where we will make decisions on how to move the country forward, on the course of action that we have to take, we will also have to agree
on issues involving our Reload document which we are also preparing to launch by next week,” he said.

The MDC is bracing for demonstrations against government over high cost of living and skyrocketing prices.

Mnangagwa is confident, however, that polices put in place by Finance minister Mthuli Ncube have already started bearing fruit, insisting prices have already started falling.

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa, however, yesterday said it was demonic for the government to claim prices are falling at a time the Zimdollar is falling even on the interbank platform.

“The government has been possessed by a demon, how can they say prices are going down? I don’t know which stores they are buying from, maybe they are buying from India or South Africa, maybe in Botswana, but here in Zimbabwe, in shops like OK, TM, Choppies, shops that we buy from as the majority, prices are not falling they are actually going up (and) everyone can see this,” Chamisa said.

He said families were being torn apart owing to poverty and hunger in homes.

“Marriages and families are suffering lack of love caused by these hardships. Love can only be shared when people are living in peace and comfort. We have seen high levels of poverty in Zimbabwe,” he said.

The MDC leader said its supporters should be ready for action as they wait for a signal from its leadership.

“Everyone should be ready for our signal. They should be on standby. When we call, you have to stand in your place once we call for action. For now, we are trying to talk to Mnangagwa.
We are going to get to a point where we will start acting and when we act you will not guess. We don’t need third parties to talk on our behalf; this time (we are) going to make
decisions that are very tough that will make our country progress. We can’t allow one person, who is feeding himself, to disturb the whole country,” Chamisa said.

Still aggrieved by the July 2018 presidential results outcome, Chamisa said Mnangagwa was the main opposition in the country.

“We are not the opposition, we are a party that leads, opposition is Mnangagwa, that’s why you see he is the one who opposes people’s earnings, their access to basic foodstuffs, their
happiness, their peace. He opposes this with such fierce energy that everyone can see his opposition stance. We lead, we provide answers,” he said.

Speaking at a rally in Glen Norah yesterday MDC deputy president Tendai Biti also said Mnangagwa was the worst leader in the country’s history.

“We are here at a time the economy is burning, at a time Zimbabwe is going through an unprecedented crisis, a man-made crisis of misgovernance. He has failed this Emmerson Mnangagwa,
in the history of governments that ran this country we have never had a government as worse, as incompetent, as clueless, as cruel as the government of Mnangagwa,” he said.

Biti warned that the MDC has not taken to confrontation with the Mnangagwa regime because they were giving peace a chance, hoping that there will be dialogue to resolve the political
crisis facing Zimbabwe.

“The MDC is giving peace a chance, but we are coming for you and giving peace a chance is not a sign of weakness. We are giving peace a chance because we don’t want our people to be
killed by an overzealous trigger happy militia controlled by Mnangagwa. I use the word militia because I know genuine army, genuine police, genuine intelligence won’t shoot at people,”
he said.

The opposition has refused to take part in the ongoing political actors dialogue, saying it lacks the ingredients of a proper platform to solve the crisis of legitimacy which they say stems from a stolen election.

Biti said until and unless Mnangagwa agrees to a Sadc, African Union and United Nations underwritten dialogue, the opposition will take to the streets and confront the government.

10 Comments

  1. We want no violence at all. And MDC should stop making threats for violence to ordinary citizens. Under law a threat is indeed a criminal offence and this overzealous curtain raiser called Job Sikhala should be asked to explain what he means by planning to overthrow an elected government. we don’t want any nonsense. Thank you.

    1. Coup begets a coup.

    2. Chen Chikezha

      General Chiwenga has referenced
      Section 212 but he has conveniently omitted 213, which stipulates that only the President as Commander in Chief
      has the power to determine the operational use of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. He’s also ignored Section 208,
      part 2, that states:
      Neither the security services nor any of their members may, in the exercise of their functions: a) act in a partisan
      manner b) further the interest of any political party or cause c) prejudice the interest of any political party or cause d)
      violate the fundamental rights or any freedoms or any person.

  2. Uyo akuzviita Analyst munhu akatoputirwa nerima renhamo. Dai aiziva kuti nyika yese irikufungei dai asingatauri zvakadaro. Vanhu tirikutambura nekuda kwevanhu vanehutsinye

  3. Kufurira vanhu imi motiza aah demonstrate alone

  4. What are your solutions to the economic crisis everyone is aware of the problem, you are behaving like DA of South Africa

  5. We have a problem of politicians who want to resort to violence to get power. MDC lost the elections and now they are cry babies. They cant allow Mthuli’s policies to work because they know “if it works” they are finished. The best they could do was to reach out to ED and be part of the agenda to resolve the crisis.

  6. Willard Mubvumbi

    Itai muone kuti tokurakashai sei. Nhubu tinozhaka !!

  7. Tofara Harry Manzunzu

    Iwe Sikhala, tinomasvina akaserera matama awo anenge emvuu.

  8. Its been 20 years of MDC nonsense it real has……not even one reform implemented in 20 good years. Prior to this MDC nonsense Harare used to be called Sunshine City, was very clean etc but ever since these boys came into the picture yoooooooooooo nonsense after nonsense. They forget that if they get into power ZANU PF will just do the same to them and nothing will work. I don’t think they even know how to get into power claiming that they have won every election but remaining an opposition surely that been the past 20 year nonsense and come 2023 it will be the same nonsense. Mwari tibatsireiwo from these boys

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