Free Mugabe from fear — Makoni

BULAWAYO – President Robert Mugabe and his party Zanu PF are constantly living in the fear they created for themselves since assuming power in 1980, former politburo member, Simba Makoni has said.

The Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn president aired these sentiments during an MDC rally held at White City Stadium on Saturday.

Makoni told tens of thousands of MDC supporters that the July 31 watershed elections were about casting the “demon of fear” amongst Zimbabweans as well as Zanu PF and its leader.

“The problem is we are living in fear, some of you are still living in the Rhodesian era which was filled with fear and that has continued in the new Zimbabwe. There is no freedom at all,” Makoni said.

“Even president Mugabe himself is afraid. This is the reason why he has constantly made it clear that he is not leaving. This year we are saying one of our major targets is of ending fear and to free Mugabe from fear which has become part of his daily life”.

The former Finance minister who recently entered into a pact with the MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai and Reketai Semwayo (Zanu Ndonga) said the reason why the three political parties came together was to foster a new beginning for a country that has been ruined by fellow blacks.

Makoni said one of the coalition’s major targets was to free even Zanu PF members who are still living in fear.

“We are inviting mostly those who are in Zanu PF who want change but are afraid to come out in the open. Some of whom I know always say Simba we support you but we cannot move out because we are afraid, so we want to free them as well,” Makoni added.

The MKD leader said he was confident the coalition would get rid of Zanu PF which discriminates people on the basis of war credentials, race and tribe.

“Since 2008 we realised that had we come into a coalition at a time we could have crossed.

“So we agreed that this time around under whatever circumstances, we will win,” he said to a vociferous response from the crowd.

Comments (16)

With Zanu Ndonga and Simba Makoni in the MDC fold, it is definately all over for Zanu PF.

Tiger Shona - 22 July 2013

you must be joking what with the rigging machine called zec in motion

leo chito - 22 July 2013

THere is time for everything.God's time is the best time.Who would under their wildest imagination think that Tsvangirai would sit next to Mugabe and above all things ,have tea together?Let us do our best and let God do the rest.After all ,leaders are installed by God and also removed by God.We have done our best under extemely difficult cicumstances and come July 31 God will answer our prayers.Let those who rig continue but when Lord's time comes ,no amount of rigging will supercede God's will.Ask our next door neighbours,MMD of Zambia.

wellington mukundwa - 22 July 2013

ibata murefu bata mupfupi gore rino

joro petros - 22 July 2013

save idzvetera matadza dovi re shomhwe ,chidokohori mushonga wemavende

jorodhani petros - 22 July 2013

kana riggging ikaita hondo iyezvino hatichadzokeri shure takutoti pamberi nehondo kufa takafa kare nenhamo nyika yedu ichapedzisira yaita seNigeria pamberi nehondo yatatanga varume fear mubhini

jhhhhhhhh - 22 July 2013

minister anoita 30 years zvinoreva kuti vamwe havagonika ndiye ega madiamond vari kurakasha vega maroads avakagadzira manga ese ndea smith tanzwa nenhamo munhu wese kuno vhota

rjjjjjj - 22 July 2013

ticha svikachete

mandimbandimba - 22 July 2013

This is a sham election. Some great act of fate would see Tsvangirai winning. The outcome has been cleverly rigged. Mugabe cannot risk losing. He will do whatever is necessary in order to stay in office. There are too many skeletons in the closet for Mugabe and his cronies. They do not want to have to deal with them. Which is what would happen if they lost. I can forsee another political stalemate. Mugabe has also sworn in favourable judges. They will swear him in as President, even if he loses. For Mugabe, elections are a procession, not an institution.

arne - 22 July 2013

hapana kusingasvikike

JAYJAY - 22 July 2013

Simba Makoni mustn't lie that "some of you are still living in the Rhodesian era which was filled with fear" - fear of what in Rhodesia? I was born in S Rhodesia and never feared anything and was married in Rhodesia, had children in Rhodesia who married in Rhodesia. The truth of the matter is that black Zimbabweans were a million miles better off in Rhodesia than they are now. Those who were born after 1980 will never know and are force-fed lies all the time. Rhodesia was peaceful and orderly. Do dot listen to lies by politicians trying to get your vote. Everything worked like clock-work in Rhodesia. Simba Makoni's education was sponsored by the whites so he must shut up.

Eme - 22 July 2013

Rovai pasi imi vejunta yaBob nguva yapera. hapachisina chenyu apa.

chamunorwa - 22 July 2013

I tend to disagree with u Eme about everyone not leaving in fear in Rhodesia. How do explain why Blacks were not allowed to vote, Why Blacks were not allowed in some areas of the city, Why there was no Black Parliamentarian when 90% of the population was Black, Why one minority race owned 90%+ of the wealth Why Smith was sanctioned by his motherland - Britain As for simba Makoni's sponsorship where did the whites get the money from, Brought it in boats from Britain???? While I am no fan of the current crop of leaders, the way they rule is just the same as the smith regime only that now its also black against Black. If you want to be honest with yourself you cant say people were treated equally in Rhodesia. Only white lived without fear but only until Black realised they were being mistreated in their own country and started fighting for equality and then everyone lived in fear which was fair coz why should one race live comfortably while the other race, the rightfully occupiers of that land leave in fear,

DE EME - 23 July 2013

Invite Prof Ncube to come on board the freedom train!

Jambanja paSalisbury - 23 July 2013

@DE EME - Blacks did not know what voting was. When the whites came there was no single school or factory. Who were the blacks going to vote for when none of them were educated? Even now the voting process does show that blacks on their own can conduct a credible election. Blacks were not allowed in certain areas because they were dirty. They were used to defecating in the bush with no toilet paper. Some of your questions are silly. Whites were rich and blacks were poor - this is what the whites found when they came. You shouldn't listen to lies. Mugabe left Ghana, a black country, to get married in Salisbury. If ou see their wedding pictures they were all smiles. They were very happy. If you were born after 1980 shut up because your grandparents were a million miles better off mister. Without the whites there would be no country to talk about.

Eme - 23 July 2013

@DE EME - Blacks did not know what voting was. When the whites came there was no single school or factory. Who were the blacks going to vote for when none of them were educated? Even now the voting process does show that blacks on their own can conduct a credible election. Blacks were not allowed in certain areas because they were dirty. They were used to defecating in the bush with no toilet paper. Some of your questions are silly. Whites were rich and blacks were poor - this is what the whites found when they came. You shouldn't listen to lies. Mugabe left Ghana, a black country, to get married in Salisbury. If ou see their wedding pictures they were all smiles. They were very happy. If you were born after 1980 shut up because your grandparents were a million miles better off mister. Without the whites there would be no country to talk about.

Eme - 23 July 2013

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