Sikhala, an often outspoken senior official in the Movement for Democratic Change party, allegedly said in a speech at a rally on Saturday that the party would unseat President Emmerson Mnangagwa before the next election.”We are going to overthrow him (Mnangagwa) before 2023,” Sikhala was quoted as saying.
But government critics have been frequently targeted by the police and security forces as the country’s economy tips into crisis. The ZANU-PF government reacted furiously to the remarks, with information secretary Nick Mangwana describing the speech as an “insurgent rant”. Mnangagwa promised a fresh start for Zimbabwe after decades of repression and economic decline under Mugabe. But his presidency has been marked by brutal security crackdowns and rocketing inflation.
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