Chamisa declares war on Mnangagwa

 Chamisa declares war on Mnangagwa
Published: 26 May 2019 (267 Views)
OPPOSITION leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday vowed to force President Emmerson Mnangagwa to the negotiating table through crippling mass demonstrations that he said would soon be rolled out in the coming few weeks, the Daily News on Sunday can report.

Addressing thousands of his supporters who filled Ascot Stadium in Gweru, the MDC leader said emphatically that he was not interested in a power sharing deal with Mnangagwa -  but wanted an inclusive national dialogue to end the country's deepening political and economic crisis "which is a product of a disputed election".

With Zimbabwe on the brink of implosion and State security agencies on high alert due to the worsening socio-economic crisis in the country, Chamisa said he would soon launch mass protests to trigger fresh elections -  unless Mnangagwa agreed to urgent and genuine political dialogue.

"We are going to make sure that you (Mnangagwa) fail. We invited traditional leaders because we honour our chiefs. We also invited the Speaker of Parliament, but he didn't come.

"I saw enemies of the people trying to go to the courts and I told them that when it comes to the courts you will not defeat us because we have the best legal team.

"What we are saying to Zanu-PF leaders is that it is now time for new leaders with fresh ideas and leaders who can make new mistakes," the pumped up Chamisa said.

He added that he did not want to overthrow Mnangagwa, but would push for dialogue to give long suffering Zimbabweans some respite.

"We are going to elect a new leadership that is going to take us to another level. Everyone is campaigning democratically. There are some who are saying that we want to overthrow Mnangagwa. No, we don't overthrow what is not there.

"Zanu-PF has rigged elections enough and we will not go to an election that we lose before the election.

"We must make sure we have a democratic election as soon as possible and if they refuse we will force them to go for elections before 2023," Chamisa said.

"We don't want political dialogue to share power, but national dialogue to share ideas. What we want to deal with are all the issues to make sure we move forward.

"As soon as the congress ends, it will be war. They will not stop us ... No party has title deeds for this country. I am not afraid of dying or being arrested. I tell you this, ED will not go anywhere until we resolve the political crisis," he said further.

Chamisa listed some of the litany of challenges that Zimbabweans are faced with -  including power cuts, water shortages and the shortage of drugs in hospitals, saying these provided fertile ground to launch demonstrations.

"Tichingobva ku congress chatsva (it's war soon after congress). We are going to mobilise, we are going out there so that we make sure that things are right in this country," he said.

The MDC leader also appealed to Sadc and the African Union to assist Zimbabwe as it went through the current difficult times.

"When we start doing what we are planning to do, I know they (Zanu-PF and its government) will panic and kill the people, but no one has the right to kill," he said.

Earlier, Ascot -  which was filled to capacity -  burst into song as Chamisa, accompanied by opposition leaders from Uganda and Kenya, made a grand entry into the stadium.
Many traditional leaders, who have previously sided with Zanu-PF, were also at the MDC congress, including the now outspoken Chief Ndiweni.

Yesterday's strong words by Chamisa came after Zanu-PF chairperson and Cabinet minister, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, recently told senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that the ruling party and its government were seriously under the cosh, as the country's economy continued to tank.

Muchinguri-Kashiri said this in Beijing while leading a Zanu-PF delegation tour of the East Asian economic giant.

"We are really under siege. After what has happened in Venezuela … Libya … we remain cautious because we continue to be under serious bashing, even on social media," she said after meeting Song Tao, the minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China.

She also told the Chinese that Chamisa was allegedly planning to topple Mnangagwa and his government from power.

"They (opposition) still maintain their agenda of wanting to unseat a democratically elected government.

"The opposition continues working very closely with 35 000 NGOs (non-governmental organisations) which are being funded fully by America … Britain and the EU (European Union).

"Whatever efforts ... government tries to put in place for economic recovery programmes, the NGOs are going behind our back to fund our own communities, giving them US dollars to fight government's social and economic programmes.

"They make the people feel that it is the NGOs that have better solutions than government," Muchinguri-Kashiri said further, appealing to China for help to turn around Zimbabwe's plummeting economic fortunes.

Her comments were made as many strongmen in Africa are facing popular protests on the continent and elsewhere in the world -  fed by frustration with falling living standards, economic grievances and elites perceived as corrupt, a sentiment which recently helped to unseat Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Sudan's Omar al-Bashir from power.

Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst economic crisis in a decade -  amid growing fears that the country's economy could be slipping back to the horror 2008 hyper-inflationary era.

As a measure of the scale of the crisis facing the country, which has heightened calls for political dialogue between Mnangagwa and Chamisa, official inflation for April was reported at more than 75 percent -  the highest recorded in the southern African nation since it abandoned the worthless Zimbabwe dollar in 2009.

So bad has the situation become that the usually circumspect Mnangagwa used his Independence Day celebrations address last month to warn companies against hiking the prices of basic consumer goods, which he claimed was unjustified.

Zanu-PF national spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo -  in a sign betraying anxiety within government over the worsening economic rot -  slammed Chamisa recently for threatening to mount mass demonstrations against the government.

"The recent statements attributed to the MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa at an occasion meant to celebrate Workers' Day ... where he announced his party's intentions to cause mayhem and anarchy in the country through senseless demonstrations are an affront to the peace and tranquillity prevailing in the country.

"The same statements threatening violence and impunity were also made by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions leadership at the same forum.

"These statements are not taken lightly, especially coming from the pronouncement by Home Affairs minister Cain Mathema which disclosed the ulterior motives and intentions by regime change agents who are bent to make the country ungovernable," Khaya Moyo said.

"Having noted the historical modus operandi of the opposition and anti-establishment regime change forces, exhibited by their actions during the post elections period and the January 14, 2019 mass stay-away which ended in wanton loss of life ... the ruling party wishes to inform the nation that these actions will not be tolerated.

"Corrective action is already being taken by the appropriate security agents of the State with a view to ensure that peace and harmony is experienced internally in the country," he added ominously.

- dailynews

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