Zimbabwe

MDC threatens 'war' against Mugabe

2014-04-14 14:57
Zimbabwean President elect, Robert Mugabe at the country's Commemoration of Heroes day in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Zimbabwean President elect, Robert Mugabe at the country's Commemoration of Heroes day in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

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Zimbabwean media reports that the attempted coup in Lesotho gives President Robert Mugabe, who is the new Southern African Development chair, his first test in dealing with coups.

Cape Town – Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party has reportedly threatened to take to the streets to dislodge President Robert Mugabe's regime.          

Addressing a rally in Harare, firebrand MDC politician Job Sikhala who recently returned to the party that gave him national political status, urged party supporters to brace for "war" against Mugabe's regime, said a New Zimbabwe.com report.

Sikhala accused Mugabe of running the country down and reducing the entire nation into "virtual paupers".

Sikhala said Zimbabwe's current slide to disaster was so fast that if left unchecked the MDC would lose its entire support base through hunger.

Zimbabwe's economic environment continues to look dire with reports indicating that thousands are losing their jobs as companies continue to shut down citing viability problems.

Supermarket economy

Sikhala said people of Zimbabwe could not continue suffering under Mugabe's leadership until 2018 when the country's next elections would be held.

Speaking at the same rally, MDC national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa said Zimbabwe had been reduced to a supermarket economy.

Chamisa said Mugabe won state power in last year's elections but was failing to translate that into economic prosperity.

Chamisa said the demonstrations would be peaceful as "no one will fire a gun". He said people's aspirations and their power would liberate Zimbabwe, according to The Zimbabwe Mail report.

Earlier this month, Zanu-PF's spokesperson Rugare Gumbo accused MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai of inciting rebellion against Mugabe after the former prime minister said Zimbabwe could not continue to be held captive by one man (Mugabe).

Gumbo said the opposition leader's call for mass action was "dangerous" and called for his arrest.

- News24

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