Zimbabwe: 'Those in opposition are failing to handle coup and civil war is possible'

Zimbabwe: 'Those in opposition are failing to handle coup and civil conflict is possible'

Robert Mugabe has reportedly refused to stand down

Friday, November 17, 2017

A political activist from Zimbabwe has claimed the country's opposition parties are failing to handle the current situation and a civil conflict is possible.

Zimbabwe remains in chaos, with reports that Robert Mugabe is refusing to step down from his position despite being deposed in a military takeover earlier this week.

Doctor Brilliant Mhlanga, an academic at the University of Hertfordshire, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "It’s no longer really an internal party matter, it’s actually a state and national problem which is why it’s affecting almost everyone."

He claims the situation "is a coup" but "the people in the opposition are failing to handle this" and if this continues "there is a possibility of a kind of civil conflict."

Mhlanga believes Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was removed as vice-president by Mugabe and has been tipped for a return, "is not a good candidate for any form of change - he is part of the process that we find ourselves in.

"He has 15 billion US dollars that he stole with the army general that he hasn’t accounted for, which is the cause of all this, because when this was triggered as an investigation everyone panicked, including the general. Then they decided it’s best we stop this by actually staging a coup."

However, the activist believes it is possible a deal could be agreed and "we are likely to then have a kind of compromise candidate from both parties who will finally emerge."

In this situation, Mhlanga said, Mugabe would continue as leader but the compromise candidate would take over when he finally stepped down.

He added: "These are not arrests that are taking place because the army has no arresting power so they are literally abducting people and they are harassing people."

Listen to the full interview above