MDC-A president Nelson Chamisa has threatened a new wave of demonstrations to ostensibly pressure President Emmerson Mnangagwa into dialogue, which he hopes will lead to a power sharing agreement.
Addressing supporters at the party’s 20th anniversary celebrations at Rufaro Stadium yesterday, Mr Chamisa said his party had the militant machinery to force the country to a standstill.
The new wave of demonstrations, he said, will be designed to prevent police from stopping them.
“What we want to show them is that aiwa isu hativharirwi ma-demonstrations. Tirikuda kuronga nyaya, asi strategy haitaurwi mu-stadium. But we are coming up with a strategy in your local authorities, in your local communities, where we will tell you about the way forward soon. . . What we are saying is let us go for national dialogue to see how we can resolve the situation in the country.”
Mr Chamisa continues to call for dialogue and has refused to join the Political Actors Dialogue (Polad). Chamisa has refused to be part of Mnangagwa’s talks, saying genuine engagement should be led by a neutral convener at a neutral venue.
MDC youth league leader Obey Sithole said the party’s youths will soon engage in demonstrations countrywide.
Zimbabwe's economic crisis has continued to worsen under President Mnangagwa's watch. Prices of basic goods and services are skyrocketting while citizens are enduring 18-hour power cuts on a daily basis.