MDC Alliance Vice Chairman Job Sikhala has sensationally claimed that the ruling Zanu PF party and its leader President Emmerson Mnangagwa “are the evil sources of all the suffering the people of Zimbabwe are going through.”
Sikhala was responding to remarks made by MDC-T spokesperson Khalipani Phugeni that the Zengeza West legislator had joined the splinter MDC faction.
But Sikhala asked the Thokozani Khupe led party allegedly linked to Zanu PF and its leader if it could come out and claim Mnangagwa was causing general suffering of Zimbabweans.
“Are we of the same ideological inclination that we all believe that Emmerson Mnangagwa and ZANU PF are the evil sources of all the suffering the people of Zimbabwe are going through?” Sikhala said.
He dismissed allegations of joining the MDC-T saying “brave” Khalipani’s remarks were ‘disrespectful’.
“What I am told is that he claimed that I have joined them. It must be on record that for many many years I never met this Khalipani Phugeni since he stopped attending MDC T meetings which I was a National Executive member as the Secretary for Recruitment and Mobilisation during the period of the late President Morgan Tsvangirai. He abruptly stopped attending MDC meetings after the appointment of VaMudzuri and VaChamisa as Vice Presidents of the party.
“But he must be told beforehand that respect is very important. Don’t talk about other people who have never talked about you without their consent. It is not only dangerous but borders on contempt of others.
“Several times I told them I am not inspired by positions in a struggle. Relevance to a struggle is not shaped by someone’s position in the society but by the character of an individual. Positions are sources of false importance and I am a Che Guevara who just wants Zimbabwe to be free from the evils of the ZANU PF regime,” Sikhala added.
Recently, the Zengeza West legislator was arrested and charged with allegations of inciting violence in connection with a foiled 31st July demonstrations against corruption in Mnangagwa’s administration.
Sikhala posed the following questions to the MDC-T as the denominator of how he understands politics.
“If so why then have I never heard you in one trance or sentence attacking the misgovernance which Emmerson Mnangagwa and ZANU PF have perpetrated in our country?
“Is the current bloodletting in our party our own making or caused by Emmerson Mnangagwa? So why are you inviting me to a Mnangagwa sideshow?
“When are you going to pronounce the truth that all our problems originate from the doorsteps of Emmerson Mnangagwa and ZANU PF?
“If you genuinely love me so much, I was recently in prison incarcerated for no crime at all but expression of the suffering of the masses, have you ever posed and decided to issue a statement either condemning my persecution or a mere statement of solidarity or just phoning my family to empathize with me?
“What is your take on our persecution together with Hopewell Chin’ono and Jacob Ngarivhume over the 31st July National lockdown? Have you pronounced yourself on that?
“Do you agree with me that people are the ultimate source of power for any government in the world?
“If so why don’t you join me in mobilising citizens in the expression of their anger against the misgovernance in our country?
“What is your take over issues of abductions, torture and human rights abuses that are intensified in our country at the moment? Why are you not pronouncing yourself on this critical and crucial subject of the moment?
“Do you believe that these fights will only prolong the suffering of the masses of Zimbabwe? If so do you see the importance of unity of purpose to deal with the ZANU PF evil!? Are you speaking the language of unity or polarization? I urge you to look at yourself in the glass and reflect on all the questions I asked you,” Sikhala said.