MDC supporters protest against economic hardships

CHIENDAMBUYA - Hundreds of villagers took to the streets of this rural outpost yesterday to protest against what they say is the government’s mishandling of the economy.

The demonstration was organised by Zimbabwe’s biggest opposition party (MDC) and was the first protest here since President Robert Mugabe was controversially re-elected in July 2013.

The president is under pressure to turn around the economy of the mineral-rich nation, once regarded as one of Africa’s hottest frontier markets but now saddled with deflation and a stubbornly wide government deficit.

The more than 200 placard-waving MDC supporters were drawn largely from Makoni North and marched in song demanding the resignation of Mugabe.

Baton-wielding police officers kept a close eye on the march.

Police had ordered the MDC to commute their demonstration into a rally.

But David Tekeshe, the aspiring MP, said they disobeyed the police edict.

“I’m a democrat,” Tekeshe said.

“Demonstrations are my only tool. I do not have a gun or cannon. This is my only voice. We hope that if it comes from us as a rural community president Mugabe may listen.”

Addressing demonstrators, Tekeshe said they were defying the police order because Zanu PF was never going to give them freedom on a silver platter.

“We were prohibited from demonstrating but I feel we must go on and let them do as they please thereafter. Everything has a price. We will never get anything on a silver platter,” Tekeshe said boldly.

He then called for the resignation of Mugabe for failing to manage the country’s resources for the good of the ordinary person.

“My request is that Mugabe must retire,” he said. “We have gold, diamonds, platinum, iron, coal, you name it but the people have nothing. Only a few people are enjoying. Some African countries only have one resource and their economies are thriving.”

He tore into Mugabe for spending millions in seeking medical assistance in Singapore while local clinics are starved of drugs and equipment.

“Mugabe is spending millions to get treatment, some of which can be easily accessed locally, while here at Weya Hospital there are no basic drugs,” he said before drawing a chilling comparison between the nonagenarian’s attitude towards his local health care service sector and that of the late South African former president Nelson Mandela.

“Mandela never left his country to seek medical services elsewhere until his death. We have very competent medical personnel here who even surprised him by managing to separate Siamese twins.”

Tekeshe said although he was considered a successful business person locally, he was now struggling to pay school fees to the over 100 pupils he was assisting.

Josi Kampira, an elderly man who lost his right leg to a landmine in 1980, said the Zanu PF government had failed people living with disabilities.

Erica Tsikwaurere, a single mother, complained of politicisation of food aid and failing social services.

A partially blind Paul Maunganidze said he was frustrated by the current government because he was too poor to do anything as his health continues to deteriorate.

“I’m currently not taking any medication for my eyes and my sight is failing everyday yet government is not able to help me,” Maunganidze said.

“Mugabe must go. People living with disability are not getting anything from his government,” said Onias Mugadza, who is living with disability.

Comments (11)

Guys lets be serious lets take a leaf from Makoni. all those who are eager to see democracy prevailing and a true independent zimbabwe please lets unite against this dictactor

True muchinja - 29 August 2015

Thanks Makoni residents. U have shown what we hav to do all over Zimbabwe

dembo - 29 August 2015

The pple of Msana and Masembura communal lands are also going to protest on wed 02 Sept 2015.we voted for Zanu pf only to betray us.A Letter demanding the resignation of President Mugabe will be handed over to Martin Dinha at his Bindura offices.We voted Gushungo into power and we now demand his resignation.This is not for Zanu pf alone but for every ZIMBABWEAN who is suffering.TATAMBURA kuno kumaruwa.Mari dzezvigayo hatina.Gushungo ndisu takavaisa panyanga and tava kuti hatichadi hutungamiri hwavo taneta isu vana veBINDURA.Nguva yekusangana 6am paChiveso Primary School. GOLDEN Pamire

Pamire - 29 August 2015

I see heavy winds of change in ZIM.Vanhu vekumaruwa of all the pple vakuona huipi hwe Zanu nhasi.Pakaipa famba nendima machinda.Wed tinenge takateya nzeve kuti pane zvaita here

ZINJIVA - 29 August 2015

Atwijaatee nilumaa bamba yena noma iluma ngaibatwe chero ichiruma this is the only way forward nothing else ,Catch it even it bites this must be our spirit and moto as we confront satan who has brought evil programs to our land .All rural areas and else way must stand up practice kujataana to free our selves from the jaws of suffering created by Mugabe .Every one get ready to chase away Mugabe .

Diibulaanyika - 29 August 2015

saka wekumataundi mamirira kuitirwa basa newekumaruwa. Getting inspiration of my homemates in Chiendambuya

chorosi - 29 August 2015

this country was good man, it was an African giant. Just check on the ZIM$ prices being mentioned in this drama

chambati - 29 August 2015

Zvaoma. Hendei.

Mother - 29 August 2015

Thank you thank you people of Chendambuya, for demonstrating what angry and hungry people are capable of . Simukai MaZimbabwe kana zvirizvechokwadi kuti makatsamwa and that you are hungry.

Joshua Hondoma - 30 August 2015

simuka Africa simuka,Simuka iZimbabwe simuka, famba Tsvangirai dzamara tatora nyika.

Big Meech Larry Hoover - 31 August 2015

Chiendambuya have shown the way, now its time to resist the dictator, Rekai Tangwena spoke of Mugabe leaving politics when he feels like but after Tekere's death. Now Tekere is dead, Mugabe is old, he sleeps while on duty, he has spoken of succession debate, he is ready to leave, he just need a little encouragement like the one shown by Chendambuya, no one should claim credit over this, the success is simple due to failure by Mugabe to provide solution over problems he allowed to appear due to in competencies summed up into greedy, murder, corruption, lying, stealing, and in gratitude to people who allowed him to rule since he was a young an of around 55 years.

aminab - 1 September 2015

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