Mugabe flies into crisis

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe, pictured, flew back yesterday from his visit to Japan to face a country teetering on the brink of collapse.

The Mugabe government has so far failed to respond to the many challenges facing hard-pressed citizens, resulting in a groundswell of unrest.

Over the past two weeks, different interests groups have staged protests as anger against Mugabe and his government grows.

Regis Chikowore, the presidential press secretary,  said: “Yes, he is back and he arrived in the morning.”

The country of late has been rocked by protests as citizens expressed frustration over the worsening economic decay.

Just on Tuesday, University of Zimbabwe students demonstrated in solidarity with striking lecturers and also against the deteriorating standards at the institution of higher learning.

Earlier on Friday last week, prisoners at the Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison on the outskirts of Harare, demonstrated against appalling food and living conditions.

The prisoners’ protest came hard on heels of a demonstration by youths outside Parliament against the abduction of anti-Mugabe activist Itai Dzamara.

Villagers in Matobo District of Matabeleland South also protested against the seizure of the Maleme Farm by a top government spy.

Political analysts have warned that the unrest is a clear sign that Zimbabweans are angry at the economic decay and Mugabe’s “care free attitude to the crisis”.

They cited the rising incidents of protests against oppression and Zimbabwe’s calamitous economic collapse, warning this did not bode well for peace and security.

And to show how dire and seriously tense the atmosphere has become over the past few months, security agencies are on high alert and have been deployed in large numbers on the streets of Harare this week.

Comments (17)

hooo, so who are you supposed to tell all this. isu we knw cozz we are in these protests. tell the man who jus flew back not us. w knw wats at stake

Gondo - 20 March 2015

where is tsvangirai where is dabengwa where is samba makoni where is biti. this is the time to fight. this is the time to say we want to stage a rally for itai dzamra. tsvangirai order your mps to start meeting. go to the UZ and start talking to students. zanu is rattled and more pressure is needed. tsvangirai for once stop going to London and USa and fight from home. this is the time to organize a rally. I think tsvangirai is no enjoying and is too scared after a young new wife. where are the leaders where are the people when it matters

petros - 20 March 2015

Those who think Mugabe cares about the welfare of Zimbabbwe they are day dreaming. Mugabe knows that people of Zimbabwe have rejected him since 2002. He knows that for a fact. What he is doing is like kuda kuona kuti mundondiita sei. If Mugabe was serious about zanu pf and the country who was suppose to anoint his successor and start selling him or her to the people. If Mnangagwa thinks that he is in a better position to take over from Mugabe he is lying to himself. Remember some people in zanu pf are just quite just for the sake of Mugabe because they have made him one of their gods. But when this man kicks a bucket either this year 2015 or next year 2016 Mnangagwa will be challenged and they will want a vote and I bet he will not garner 10% of the votes. Remember the security sector has interest as well and there are those who likes mai Mujuru muchavaona henyu.

Gushaaz - 20 March 2015

I suggest he flies out again and stays out. Zimbabwe is going NOWHERE with Bob! A quiet retirement will be in order. Yesterday!

Freedom4Zim - 20 March 2015

How many times does this country 'titter on brink of collapse'? I am asking because I heard heard of this claim several times from this publication.

Ndugu - 20 March 2015

it has been on the brink of collapse for a long time. the fact that we say it many times doesnt mean all the time we say it its a new brink.

Bona - 20 March 2015

Mugabe has flown into countless party and national storms and withered such storms. Hate him or love him

fire links - 20 March 2015

Come on Zimbabweans. We have choices? We have the choice to be victims (and suffer, and suffer) or to take our country back. We deserve leaders who respect and work for us. We have leaders who are not putting our interests first!

david taylor - 20 March 2015

Mugabe knows that Zimbabweans imbwende dzega dzega. That is why even Bona is now understudying her father. And soon he will be at the airport again.

Petros ndlovu - 20 March 2015

"President Mugabe arrived this morning on a one day state visit, he was met at the airport by ED Mnangagwa among other dignitaries. Meanwhile President Mugabe has left Zimbabwe for Namibia this afternoon and was seen off at the airport by ED Mnangagwa who invited him to visit again if he gets the time."

Qawe laMaqawe - 20 March 2015

Bhora Musango Baba!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lloyd - 20 March 2015

It is the economy that will ultimately force Mugabe to give up power where opposition leaders like Tsvangirai and his own Zanu PF challengers like Joice Mujuru have failed!

Wilbert Mukori - 20 March 2015

Cellphone farmers are never fully at their farms. Mugabe is now a cellphone president always away and out of touch with reality. Of what value is mere $2m donation from japan. Baba wanga wari kubasa. kkkkkkk. seka hako

tende - 21 March 2015

Mugabe wenyu mamai nenzara.makavhota mega zvaipei nhasi@kuti mumame

Brodrickmangezvo - 21 March 2015

VaMugabe ndivo mukuru, nyange takaita sei, ngatingozvibvumai...

Chikomana - 21 March 2015

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