The opposition MDC has been castigated for dabbling in kindergarten politics following its vacillation between calling for dialogue, while at the same time it threatens to take to the streets.
A NewsDay editor opines that the MDC is attempting to get into power through the backdoor as shown by its vice-chairperson Job Sikhala giving President Emmerson Mnangagwa a 14-day ultimatum to start negotiations with Nelson Chamisa.
The MDC has been reminded that there is not going to be any transfer of power outside the elections. The editor explains:
One thing for certain, which the opposition should know, is that there is not going to be any transfer of power outside the elections.
Their decision to participate in the elections that brought Mnangagwa to power — whether or not they were free and fair — was a taciturn admission that they believed in the country’s electoral system.
To now call for a transfer of power after participating in those polls, is problematic.
Ironically, the said sentiments seem to dovetail into the charges that Sikhala is already facing; those of alleged attempts to subvert a constitutionally elected government.
Questions have also been asked about where Sikhala derives his authority to issue Mnangagwa with ultimatums;
One is prompted to ask whose authority Sikhala is using to order Mnangagwa to the negotiating table. This smacks of desperation as the opposition has been clutching at straws in its bid to take over power.
Perhaps what is ironic in this whole thing is that these ill-advised plans are coming after the party claims it had been fasting.
One wonders if, in their prayer and fasting, God instructed them to take power by force? Sikhala’s sentiments would have been laughable if there were not a reflection of the kindergarten politics that the party has become synonymous with.