- Published on 05 September 2014
- Written by The Zimbabwe Mail
A rights group says it fears Zimbabwe may experience a military coup similar to one in Lesotho if the economic crisis in that country is not dealt with urgently.
"There is a potential military coup if SADC early warning systems do not pick up that there is a serious economic situation in Zimbabwe," Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition chairman, Dewa Mavinga, told a media briefing in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
He said Zimbabwe's state coffers were drying up, and should it fail to pay the army, SADC should be prepared for a potential catastrophe.
"We note with deep concern Zimbabwe's absolute failure to improve the human rights situation in the country as characterised by continuing unlawful farm invasions, police assaults and harassment of journalists and opposition activists, and economic decline," Mavinga said.
He says overt factionalism and instability within the ruling Zanu PF party threatens national security, given the involvement of security forces in political issues regarding the succession to President Robert Mugabe.
Political analyst, Philani Zamchiya, says Mugabe's grip on power will generate discontent and chaos, which will have negative implications on the region, including a massive exodus from ZImbabwe neighbouring countries.
He says allowing his wife, Grace, to get a powerful position in the ruling Zanu-PF party, shows that Mugabe is not interested in handing over power to outsiders. The rights groups said they were also not impressed by President Mugabe's recent 'begging trip' to China.
They say the current state of the economy demands immediate remedial action and not acts of mortgaging the country to the Chinese. They urged SADC to use non-military solutions on the Lesotho coup so as not to set a dangerous precedent in the region.
"If by December there is no solution, there is going to be likely worse problems that have implications for SADC," said Mfundo Mlilo, the coalition spokesperson.
This follows a prophesy by controversial Nigerian Prophet TB Joshua who predicted an imminent attack on a presidential figure in Southern Africa.
"You should pray for Southern Africa . . . I am seeing militants are interested in embarrassing a president in that region – either to kill him or kidnap him," he stated on Sunday August 31 2014 in a church service broadcast on Emmanuel TV, one of Africa's most popular television channels.
"That is just their objective – to kidnap the president, vice-president or first lady of that nation," he continued. "If prayer is not offered well, they will succeed [and] it will put the nation into uproar."
TB Joshua revealed he had been shown the exact location of the attack.
"God showed me the place, but I don't want to put any country into pandemonium," he said.
He further added that the nation of Kenya particularly needed prayer in respect of the alarming prophetic message.
TB Joshua further prophesied that United States President Barack Obama would be rushed to hospital due to a health challenge.
"He should not go for an operation. He only needs rest," the preacher warned.
He added that the United Kingdom should strategise and secure the country from September 15 to 18 and towards the end of the month in relation to the recent terror alert from the government due to the threat of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants.
TB Joshua proceeded to warn of another plane crash in the troubled border region between Ukraine and Russia, stressing that commercial aircraft should completely avoid the area.
He also said a crisis would "start any moment from now" in the European nation of Poland.
TB Joshua made headlines in 2012 when his prediction concerning the death of Malawian President Bingu waMutharika came to pass after being widely reported in African media.
However, in Zimbabwe TB Joshua's prophecies have been dismissed by Zanu PF officials as "heresy".