The MDC by Monday threw it’s embattled Vice chairman Job Sikhala under the bus over his weekend remarks that President Emmerson Mnangagwa would be removed from power before his term ends, a move government described as illegal.
Through the deputy spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka, the party distanced itself from Sikhala, saying the remarks represented his individual thoughts and not the entire party.
“The MDC notes with deep worry and concern that Hon. Job Sikhala’s statements made during a rally in Bikita East over the weekend have caused uproar and the party wishes to clarify its position regarding the same.It is the party’s view that Sikhala’s views as expressed at the rally and widely quoted in the press were his own personal opinions, which we believe have been misconstrued and misinterpreted,” said Tamborinyoka.
“For the record, the MDC believes in Constitutional, peaceful, democratic, non-violent and legal means of resolving the national crisis. We have never been perpetrators of illegality and non-violence. If anything, we have always been the victims,” he added.
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.
He said Mnangagwa will be out before the expiry of his term.
This forced government to react with threats to arrest the MP and probably charge him with the infamous treason of plotting to subvert a constitutionaly elected government.
The move by the MDC leaves the vibrant Sikhala exposed at the mercy of Zanu PF with no party support.
“Once again, the MDC wishes to state unequivocally that it has always submitted itself to the cardinal values of legality, constitutionalism and democracy. Any attempt to portray the MDC in any other way is disingenuous and unfortunate,” Tamborinyoka said.