Opposition MP Job Sikhala has been charged with treason after publicly proclaiming that he would overthrow the sitting Zimbabwean president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“He has been formerly charged with attempting to overthrow the government unconstitutionally,” his lawyer Obey Shava told AFP.
Sikhala denied the charges.
The vice-chairman of the opposition party, MDC, said that his party would overthrow the sitting president before 2023 (Zimbabwe’s election year).
After coming into power in 2018, Mnangagwa promised to transform Zimbabwe. However, his reign has been associated with harsh security crackdowns and a steep inflation.
Mnangagwa came into power after his predecessor, Robert Mugabe, was overthrown in 2017 after 30 years of being in power.