Annan had been guest speaker at the 5th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last week.
â€œIf a leader doesnâ€™t want to leave office, if a leader stays on for too long, and elections are seen as being gamed to suit a leader and he stays term after term after term, the tendency may be the only way to get him out is through a coup or people taking to the streets,â€ he told the media.
â€œNeither approach can be seen as an alternative to democracy, to elections or to parliamentary rule.
Constitutions and the rules of the game have to be respected.â€
Although the Nobel Peace laureate did not mention any names, Zimbabweans were quick to think of their own country which has known one leader since independence in 1980.
Among them was the Ncube led MDC which said Annanâ€™s comments were a welcome lecture to the countryâ€™s 92 year-old leader who has also not hidden his intentions to go for another term in 2018.
â€œ…Koffi Annan should consider lending President Robert Mugabe some notes on good governance, human rights and democracy,â€ party spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi said in a statement Saturday.
â€œThe Movement for Democratic Change MDC salutes Koffi Annan for urging African leaders including President Robert Mugabe to relinquish power and pass on the button.â€
Chihwayi added: â€œPresident Robert Mugabe should heed the advice by veteran top diplomat Kofi Annan and other world leaders to step down and give Zimbabwe a chance to move forward.â€
The MDC spokesperson said Zimbabwe still lagged behind compared to other nations in terms of development because of continued uncertainties posed by a leader who has overstayed his welcome.
â€œZimbabwe is not making strides in terms of development because of Zanu PFâ€™s bad governance, crippling corruption and incompetence that has seen the over staying regime losingÂ 15 billion United states dollarsÂ raised from secret diamond sales.
â€œThe disappearance of the money is a confirmation of bad leadership and rampancy of corruption in Mugabe’s government.â€
The MDC also urged UN agencies and the entire international community to help curb the abuse of public funds by Zimbabwean authorities.
â€œWe are urging the International donor community including United Nations agencies to monitor and evaluate government spending in Zimbabwe for purposes of guarding against abuse of resources meant for the people,â€ Chihwayi said.
â€œThe country is stagnant, isolated, and economically dead because of a tired, bankrupt and corrupt leadership that is not ashamed of its failure to create jobs for the jobless and food for a hungry nation.â€
The MDC comments also follow almost similar appeals by Tendai Bitiâ€™s PDP for the IMF not to consider renewing any financial support to the troubled nation without any change of culture.
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