Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front youth leader Pupurai Togarepi has warned the opposition that there will be no silly games in 2019.
“We have been tolerant enough before and after elections. No silly games in 2019. We won’t take any prisoners in 2019. Any provocation will be confronted head-on. The rules of the game have completely changed,” he tweeted.
Togarepi said his party has been preaching peace while some insulted his party leader and called for sanctions.
“President ED Mnangagwa call(s) for unity and peace some insult() him and his leadership. The President focuses on economy others are still in election mode. We can also insult. Your choice will be reciprocated,” he said.
“Diversity doesn’t give one side the right to insult. We build Zimbabwe together. If you choose peace, unity and development we will work with you. Should you decide to threaten an elected government with removal we will stop you in your tracks.”
Togarepi’s comments came after Movement for Democratic Change deputy treasurer Chalton Hwende warned that 2019 will be the year for his party to get Mnangagwa to step down.
“2019 will be the year to reclaim our stolen Presidential vote @nelsonchamisa. History will not forgive us from the sin of omission if we fail to make the people’s vote count. @edmnangagwa must do the right thing and surrender the Presidency to the real winner,” Hwende said.
The MDC has refused to recognise Mnangagwa’s presidency despite losing a court case challenging his victory.
“Zimbabwe does not have an economic problem but a political problem caused by the theft of the 2018 Presidential Election from @nelsonchamisa . Unless this is resolved and a legitimate President is allowed to run the country we will continue suffering,” he went on.
“In 2019 the young people of this country must refuse this nonsense our future can’t be wasted by a geriatric leadership that has looted our country since 1980. We voted we must march and ensure that our vote @nelsonchamisa is allowed to run the country.”
Togarepi is also the ZANU-PF chief whip in Parliament and could use the party’s two-thirds majority to thwart any moves by the MDC.
Last week ZANU-PF voted for the two percent transaction tax which the MDC strongly opposed.
Hwende has posted the names of the 80 ZANU-PF MPs who voted for the tax and says: “If your MP voted for this cruel Tax ask them why?”