President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday urged former liberation fighters to be wary of the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa which he branded a terrorist organisation that was “pro-violence” and “anti-people”.
Speaking at the launch of empowerment programmes for war veterans in Harare, Mnangagwa claimed the MDC Alliance was anti-democratic and anti-developmental. He said:
Let us all remain astute and vigilant, aware of the asymmetrical tactics of the opposition, in particular, the MDC Alliance whose character resembles that of a terrorist organisation.
The MDC Alliance has nothing democratic about it. It is anti-constitution, anti-development and anti-people, but pro-violence and destruction.
Let us remain vigilant and be wary of the MDC-A, which is anti-people and anti-democratic.
Clifford Hlatywayo, MDC Alliance deputy spokesperson, told The Standard that in fact, it was Mnangagwa who had caused untold suffering and terror to the people of Zimbabwe. He said:
He is the one terrorising people. Zimbabwe is suffering under his watch and command.
There is terror all over and chaos in schools, hospitals and across the board.
He is preaching hatred to cover for his terror acts. What kind of leader does that?
He is actually abusing the war veterans who are suffering but now want to use them for his campaign.
It is all about power retention and wanting to abuse the freedom fighters.