Job Sikhala, the national vice-chairperson of the opposition MDC has said politicians who participated in the military-assisted transition of 2017 which resulted in the demise of the late former president, Robert Mugabe, lacked foresight.
Responding to questions during Thursday’s Town House public discussion on the State of the Nation address forum organised by Voice of America and Media Centre, on why opposition members had taken part in the march, Sikhala said:
Exclude me, I did not participate in that nonsense. Firstly, being a scholar of history not as a lawyer alone, knowing well that where the military has taken a leading role in the changing of government, nowhere in Africa have soldiers led a democratic change.
We knew we were going through a military coup and a military coup would only be supported by those people who did not have the eyes to see that we are being taken into a trap of a worse dictatorship
MDC leaders who participated in the transition include, the late party founding leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, Fadzayi Mahere and Nelson Chamisa.
Chamisa and Tsvangirai’s late daughter, Vimbai, said that President Emmerson Mnangagwa tricked Tsvangirai into believing that he would set-up a National Transitional Authority (NTA) before 2018 elections were called.
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