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WATCH: Sikhala lashes Tamborinyoka for protecting Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter
19 Feb 2020 at 07:13hrs | Views
THE acquittal of MDC deputy chairperson Job Sikhala of treason charges last week has exposed the rift between radicals and soft-liners within the opposition party.

Sikhala was arrested in July last year after he told an MDC rally in Bikita that Mnangagwa would be overthrown before the 2023 elections.

After his arrest on treason charges - the MDC issued a statement distancing itself from Sikhala.

The militant MDC deputy chairperson leans more towards the hawks in the opposition party who also include the restive youth wing and some former student union leaders who, unlike the party president Nelson Chamisa, want a radical confrontation with the President Emmerson Mnangagwa administration.

MDC deputy spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka, issued the statement condemning Sikhala for being reckless.

In a statement last year - the MDC - through Tamborinyoka threw Sikhala under the bus.

"The MDC notes with deep worry and concern that … Sikhala's statements made during a rally in Bikita East over the weekend have caused uproar and the party wishes to clarify its position regarding the same. It is the party's view that … Sikhala's views as expressed at the rally and widely quoted in the press were his own personal opinions, which we believe have been misconstrued and misinterpreted.

"For the record, the MDC believes in Constitutional, peaceful, democratic, non-violent and legal means of resolving the national crisis. We have never been perpetrators of illegality and violence. If anything, we have always been the victims," read the statement in part.

Source - Byo24New