Zimbabwe’s main opposition Movement for Democratic Change today said it will not be forced into demonstrations by the loud voices of social media based armchair critics.
Party spokesman Daniel Molokele told Newsday that the leadership is in constant consultation with its structures and as far as they were concerned the time was not yet right.
The MDC is under pressure to hold demonstrations to put pressure on the Emmerson Mnangagwa administration because of the suffering people are going through due to high prices, shortage of fuel and shortage of power among others.
Asked what his party was doing because some of its supporters were losing patience over the delay to stage demonstrations, Molokele said: “Our leadership is in constant consultation with our structures, and as far as they are concerned, the time is still not yet right. We are still busy resolving some issues internally first, such as the setting up of the new local branches.
“The MDC is not guided by the loud voices of social media-based armchair critics. It is influenced by its elected representatives across all its structures.”
MDC leader Nelson Chamisa last week called for a week of prayers as a prelude to undertaking crucial and decisive action.
The seven days started yesterday with calls for prayers for peace.
Today Chamisa tweeted: “DAY 2/7 UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES & WHAT ZIMBABWEANS MUST DO…Day one a success story with many in the prayers and fasting everywhere. Let us all stand in the gap for our land. The foundations are destroyed.. God help us.1 Chron 12:32,Psalms 11:3”
Some observers say Chamisa has toned down his venom since being elected substantial leader of the opposition in May.