In an ambitious move that might remove President Emmerson Mnangagwa, from power sooner than his anticipated and imminent military brokered resignation, the country’s main oppositition, MDC Alliance, is reportedly planning to roll out a series of protests to occupy key government institutions, until Mnangagwa is toppled before year end, Spotlight Zimbabwe, can exclusively reveal.
According to senior leaders inside the party and intelligence officials, the wave of protests, which is a counter strategy to foil Mnangagwa’s attempts to destroy the party and allegedly form a sham coalition administration with former deputy prime minister, Thokozani Khupe’s MDC-T, is being dubbed the “Red Revolution”, and is mnanaimed at unseating Mnangagwa by any peaceful means necessary, including the staging of occupations by party supporters at State House, Munhumutapa building, Parliament and the primate city’s central business district, until the ruling Zanu PF leader yields to leaving office.
The Red Revolution, also known as Red October, was a revolution in Russia led by the Bolshevik Party of Vladimir Lenin that was instrumental in the larger Russian Revolution of 1917–1923. It took place through an armed insurrection in Petrograd on 25 October 1917. The revolution was led by the Bolsheviks, who used their influence in the Petrograd Soviet to organize the armed forces. Bolshevik Red Guards forces under the Military-Revolutionary Committee began the occupation of government buildings on 25 October 1917, and the following day, the Winter Palace, which was the seat of the Provisional government located in Petrograd, then capital of Russia was captured.
The reports come at a time when the MDC Alliance is fighting for political survival, following a recent Supreme Court decision upholding Khupe as legal successor to the late co-founder of the Movement for Democratic Change (Tsvangirai).
Khupe who has been installed as interim leader of the party, by the Supreme Court, has moved to announce that the MDC will hold it’s extra-ordinary congress, to choose a substantive new party leader on July 31 this year.
“It is now a fight to the death,” said an MDC Alliance presidium member last week. “Yes it’s a risky and dangerous gamble, but we have no choice, other than calling for a series of mass protests to topple Mnangagwa before year end. This time around, we’re going to occupy State House, Munhumutapa building, Parliament and lockdown the capital’s central business district, until he (Mnangagwa) goes. It’s war, but we’re using peaceful and non-violent action. Our supporters are going to sit-in at these key state institutions.”
Another senior official of the Alliance, who has previously served in the army, said the protests which have been dubbed the Red Revolution, could succeed as emissaries from the party, who were part of the Government of National Unity (GNU) with former leader President Robert Mugabe in 2009, are reaching out to the military’s Joint Operations Command, to be allowed security clearance to hold peaceful demonstrations and occupations of the three identified key state institutions.
“There’s a bigger equation at play, as the whole Red Revolution protest series will depend on the outcome of overtures being made to some elements of the JOC leadership, by our emissaries. JOC is the power behind the curtain in this country, and they have the final say in clearing protests, not the police. So if we get their nod for peaceful protests and occupations, rest assured Mnangagwa is history, because there’s division within the security services. Mnangagwa has the allegiance of the police, but the army, prisons and air force are all rooting for Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, to takeover before 2023. Chiwenga is the chairman of JOC, and his call will make or break everything.”
Intelligence contacts told Spotlight Zimbabwe, this week that the MDC Alliance have courted disgruntled ruling party legislators opposed to Mnangagwa, with the help of another “invisible hand” to join the protests, to recall and impeach Mnangagwa.
“They have been courting Zanu PF’s anti-Mnangagwa faction members to join their protests campaign, with the goal of calling for Mnangagwa to step down through a parliamentary process,” the intelligence officials said.
“It’s really a repeat of what they did to President Robert Mugabe in November 2017. The MDC Alliance wants the anti-Mnangagwa constituency in the ruling party to recall him as the country’s leader, and replace him with his vice president. Furthermore, the planned series of protests main agenda is for Mnangagwa to be impeached for what they’re calling economic terrorism, mismanaged and corruption, which has led to Zimbabwe’s economic collapse. A well timed impeachment call or vote of no confidence, will gain wholesale support from both political parties legislators, as there’s a concerted secret effort to push for a transitional authority preferrably led by the VP, instead of a GNU. Elections will proceed as planned in July 2023, but they want Mnangagwa gone before then.”
Last week the Alliance deputy national chairperson, Job Sikhala, said the opposition party is ready to take drastic decisions against Zanu PF and Mnangagwa.
Speaking at a press briefing last Thursday, Sikhala said: “If we want to cause pandemonium at State House right now, we know what to do. You have been agitating for it for a while… it’s coming. Give us time.
— Spotlight Zimbabwe