Government has reacted with anger to statements by the MDC that they intend to overthrow President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government before 2023 due to the economic crisis.
In a statement issued on Monday, secretary for Information Nick Ndavaningi Mangwana said government was not taking MDC deputy chairperson Job Sikhala’s utterances that the opposition would overthrow Mnangagwa in the near future lightly.
Mangwana described Sikhala’s remarks as plotting insurgency and state apparatus would be deployed to deal with the threats.
“This is a very serious crime. Attempts to overthrow an elected government will be dealt with by our security system accordingly,” he said
At a rally in Bikita, Masvingo province on Saturday Sikhala said as the main opposition extends its rural outreach and mobilisation ahead of what the party says will be the ultimate demonstration to “bring Zimbabwe to a new dawn”.
“We are a committed leadership that will give Zanu PF headaches and [Amos] Chibaya was not lying or joking about the war and fight we are going to take to the doorsteps of Emmerson,” said Sikhala.
“We are going to overthrow him before 2023 that is not a joke,” Sikhala said.
Mangwana equated Sikhala’s strong language to a coup plot, through the use of violence.
In Zimbabwe, more than 20 have been arrested for attempting to overthrow Mnangagwa since he took over.
“When a person says they want to overthrow a constitutionally-elected President, they are committing an offence and they are threatening a coup, this will not be allowed in this country. We love our peace and it will be protected,” he said.