By Elvis Dube
Disgruntled MDC supporters frustrated by the MDC leadership’s unclear position to confront the Zanu PF government to remedy the economic crisis, yesterday said they now pin their hopes on the party’s vice-chairperson Job Sikhala.
Party supporters thronged a Chitungwiza Zengesa 2 rally chanting that 2023 was too far away to unseat Emmerson Mnangagwa from his contested presidency.
Controversial Sikhala who last month was charged with charges of attempting to constitutionally elected government yesterday gave Mnangagwa a two weeks ultimatum to step down or come to the negotiating table with Chamisa.
MDC supporters interviewed at the rally were calling for immediate action from the party’s leadership to politically coerce the Zanu PF government to the negotiating table.
Opposition party supporter who identified himself as Milton Jembere said now was the time for action for the MDC’s leadership to roll out mass demonstrations and stay aways to arm-twist the Zanu PF government for a transitional government.
“The people of Zimbabwe have suffered, the people are still suffering at the hands of tyrannical governance that does not have the people’s interests and welfare at heart.
“Now is the time for our leadership to enrol mass demonstrations and stay away, enough is enough and the cost of living has become unbearable, prices for basic commodities are skyrocketing yet our salaries have remain unchanged.
“As people’s movement we should implement a roadmap that will bring Zanu PF to the negotiating table and realise a transitional government ” he said.
Another MDC supporter who refused to identify herself because of fear of victimisation lamented that austerity measures being implemented by Mthuli Ncube were pilling more misery to the masses while Zanu PF elites were not affected.
“Life is becoming more unbearable by the day for the common man on the street, government through the ministry of Finance has increased taxes while neglecting our salaries and welfare.
“It is us the ordinary citizens that are suffering at the end of the day, while corrupt Zanu PF bigwigs are not affected.
“Government is treating us as subjects rather than citizens, subjecting us to more than 14 hours without electricity, while alternative power sources are expensive and unsustainable.,” she said.
At the rally Job Sikhala reiterated that the only elephant in the room to address was President Mnanangagwa if the country was going to limp out of the economic crisis.
Another MDC supporter who preferred anonymity bemoaned that the party’s leadership was neglecting the founding principles of the party of being a people’s movement by procrastinating to enrol mass demonstrations and stay aways.
“MDC is was formed to address the plight of workers subjugated to unfavourable inhuman political, economic and socio-economic conditions.
“Our leadership seem to have forgotten the grievances of us the the people imitating Zanu PF’s methods of indicating right and turning left and only delivering lip service.
“Now is the time for our leadership to go back to the history books and readopt our founding principles for being a people centred party,” he said.
The MDC supporter reiterated that they welcomed Job Sikhala’s bold efforts to unseat Mnangagwa before he finished his elected term in office 2023.