ZANU-PF has warned the MDC-Alliance that its plans to overthrow a ‘constitutionally-elected’ Government would be opposed vigorously by the revolutionary party.
The remarks follow repeated utterances by MDC-Alliance top officials who include president Mr Nelson Chamisa and deputy chairperson Mr Job Sikhala, who have threatened to unleash violence and unseat President Mnangagwa.
Mr Sikhala, who is already facing charges of plotting to unconstitutionally remove President Mnangagwa before 2023, told his party supporters in Chitungwiza on Sunday that he will unleash terror in two weeks’ time if President Mnangagwa does not beg Mr Chamisa to come to the negotiating table.
Zanu-PF secretary for Youth Affairs and party chief whip Cde Pupurai Togarepi yesterday had a stern warning to the opposition.
“The wise always say do not pick fights you can’t win and the clever ones stick to this time old piece of wisdom, it is free and has been proven by history to be a key ingredient to success and a happy life, but sadly and rather regrettably, our political opponents in the MDC are naive and fail to understand such basics,” said Mr Togarepi.
“Zanu-PF is the ruling party of Zimbabwe, and with a very weak and out-of-sorts opposition such as the MDC, we will rule this country until donkeys grow horns, they can only dream, but then dreams are for free.
“We say Zanu-PF will rule for ages to come, not because we are undemocratic, but purely because we are the people’s preferred party as has been proven since the turn of this year where the party has won by-elections with little effort.”
Zanu-PF has won all council and parliamentary by-elections held so far in Nyanga, Bikita, Nkayi, Bulawayo and Bubi (council) and Lupane East (House of Assembly).
Cde Togarepi said ZANU-PF was winning because President Mnangagwa is leading the country to prosperity.
“However, the noise and mischief makers in the MDC, as myopic as ever, choose to bury their heads in the sand like ostriches, and like the damn warmongers that they are, are now issuing needless ultimatums that are meant to ill-conceivably rattle Zanu-PF into entering into a government of national unity in flagrant disregard to the will of the people that was expressed loud and clear in last year’s harmonised elections.”
Meanwhile, MDC officials have confirmed to ZimLive that the party had sent a notice to police in Harare and other major urban centres about planned protests on August 16.
Previous protests in August last year and January this year ended in bloodshed after President Emmerson MNANGAGWAunleashed soldiers who killed nearly two dozen people and wounded over a 100, with more than a thousand subjected to beatings and arrests.
“Now that we have dialogued with our God, we have to dialogue between man and man. To be able to do that, we have to take some very practical steps going forward and those decisive steps are going to be announced to you in due course,” Chamisa said.
“We move into the next phase of very decisive steps to be taken in peace, in non-violence in making sure that we give effect to something that speaks to works because faith without works is dead. We now need to do the work.”
MDC deputy president Tendai Biti, after a meeting with Chamisa on Monday, said the MDC was taking a “radical paradigm shift.”
“There comes at a time in the history of any struggle where a radical paradigm shift is required. Section 59 cries out loud. Our people are suffering: poverty, shortages, hyperinflation, corruption and the collapse of social services decimates our people,” Biti said, referencing a constitutional provision which protects the right to protest and petition peacefully.
Zimbabwe is going through its worst economic crisis in over a decade. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took power after the military toppled former leader Robert Mugabe in 2017, came in promising Zimbabweans economic prosperity but many now say life was better under Mugabe.
Zimbabweans are daily enduring shortages of fuel, bread, electricity and water. Inflation of nearly 200 percent has eroded incomes as prices keep rising, even as salaries remain low. The crisis has stoked resentment against Mnangagwa, whose government’s response to the planned protests will come under international scrutiny.