Our plan is not to oust Mnan­gagwa - MDC

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - News24

HARARE - Zim­bab­wean op­po­si­tion, the Move­ment for Demo­cratic Change (MDC) Al­liance, has re­port­edly said that it has "no ap­petite to re­move [Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son] Mnan­gagwa from power", as it vowed to go ahead with its planned anti-gov­ern­ment protests.

Ac­cord­ing to News­Day, MDC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Dou­glas Mwon­zora, said his party was not in­ter­ested in re­mov­ing Mnan­gagwa from power but wanted "key na­tional ques­tions" re­solved.

"We do have plans to demon­strate and the aim is to force au­thor­i­ties to ad­dress key na­tional ques­tions, in­clud­ing gov­er­nance, le­git­i­macy and de­vo­lu­tion. "Like all other pre­vi­ous demon­stra­tions, we have held in the past, these will be peace­ful and the party lead­er­ship will go out of its way to make sure of that and ex­er­cise re­straint. It has never been our in­ten­tion to de­pose any­one from power," Mwon­zora was quoted as say­ing.

This came as the coun­try's state-owned Zim­babwe Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (ZBC), re­ported this week that the MDC Al­liance was plan­ning mass protests "meant to force a con­sti­tu­tion­ally elected gov­ern­ment to hand over power to the op­po­si­tion party". The re­port quoted Chamisa as say­ing that the demon­stra­tions should cul­mi­nate in con­ced­ing power to the op­po­si­tion.

Mnan­gagwa won the July 30 elec­tion with 50.6 per cent of the vote - just enough to meet the 50 per cent thresh­old needed to avoid a run-off against MDC's Chamisa, who scored 44.3 per cent

"I am here to seek your sup­port. If you say we should take to the streets we will do that be­cause I be­lieve it is time that we claim our vic­tory," Chamisa was quoted as say­ing.

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