Vice President Constantino Chiwenga yesterday warned MDC president Nelson Chamisa that Zimbabwe was not like Mongolia where an uprising against government led to a bloodbath in 1932, adding that any attempts by the opposition leader to topple the government through public uprisings would be blocked.
“There are some malcontents who think they can unseat a legally-elected government through protests and boycotts. We want to warn them that their actions will not succeed,” Chiwenga said, to a rapturous response from the crowd.
“This is not Mongolia where you can challenge authority and cause violence as much as you want.
“That will not happen in Zimbabwe,” he said in apparent reference to the 1932 Mongolian rebellion which ended in a bloodbath.
He warned the MDC against seeking to change the government through “unconstitutional means”, saying they were acting in vain since Mnangagwa was going nowhere.
“We even called on all parties that participated in the 2018 elections to also take part in Polad.
We are saddened that the goodwill gesture has not been reciprocated by other parties which continue to push other agendas thinking they can topple government. We want all parties to embrace the spirit of dialogue and move the nation forward,” Chiwenga said.
After VP Chiwenga had spoken, President Emmerson Mnangagwa went on a similar tongue lashing against the MDC, describing them as hopeless social media politicians who will continue tweeting while Zanu-PF rules the country.
“The party should never be distracted by those who make irritating noises within the country and those on Twitter and other social media platforms. They will continue barking and barking and barking while we move ahead undeterred,” he said.
“We saw them in January and during different times of the year, sacrificing precious lives to achieve their ends, be it through outright violent demonstrations or under the guise of purported collective job action,” the President said.