MDC 'mega' demo moved to April 14

HARARE - The MDC’s planned “mother of all mass demonstrations” against President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF’s failed stewardship of the country and its dying economy, which was initially scheduled to take place in Harare on Thursday this week, has been postponed to April 14.

Party spokesperson Obert Gutu confirmed to the Daily News yesterday that although preparations for this week’s march had been at an advanced stage, they had to postpone it as authorities were concerned that it coincided with Mugabe’s scheduled meeting with war veterans in the capital.

“All the logistics are in place and the good thing is that the Constitution affords us the right to demonstrate. It will be a very peaceful mass action and we have dubbed it the mother of all demonstrations.

“As you know, as MDC we don’t force anyone to participate in our activities, but all indications are that tens of thousands of patriotic and peace-loving Zimbabweans will turn up for the demonstration,” Gutu said.

He added that the demonstration was a follow-up to the key resolutions of the party’s last national congress that was held at the City Sports Centre in 2014, at which the MDC resolved that after efforts to bring opposition forces to work together, this would be followed up by mass actions to pressurise Mugabe and the government to implement needed political reforms.

The main opposition would also be demonstrating against a number of other issues, including Zanu PF’s failure to fulfill its promise to create 2,2 million new jobs as espoused in the ruling party’s “pie-in-the-sky” 2013 election manifesto, as well as demand answers following Mugabe’s recent claim that $15 billion had been stolen from the Chiadzwa diamond mining fields.

In addition, the party would demand the equittable and non-partisan distribution of food, in the face of four million poor Zimbabweans facing starvation.

“We have sought police clearance for our demonstration and so far we have not encountered any problems. The police said they will get back to us by April 10.

“If they do not clear us, we will go to court to assert our rights. There is no retreat nor surrender,” Gutu said, adding that it was the constitutional right of all Zimbabweans to demonstrate.

Since Zanu PF controversially retained power in the hotly-disputed 2013 national elections, the country has been on a downward spiral, with the economy bleeding hundreds of thousands of badly-needed jobs and social service delivery hitting an all-time low.

In addition, there have also been growing concerns that Zimbabwe has once again hit the depths of humanitarian and economic despair that were last experienced in 2008, when the country’s seemingly unending political crisis precipitated an economic meltdown of monumental proportions — which culminated in the death of the Zimbabwe dollar and mass emigrations out of the country.

In most urban areas, thousands of street vendors, many of them with university degrees, roam around desperately trying to sell an assortment of products, including cell phone recharge cards, vegetables, second-hand clothes, traditional herbs and skin lightening creams.

And instead of attending to the country’s worsening political and socio-economic crises, Zanu PF bigwigs are embroiled in their party’s mindless bloodletting, in which a faction loyal to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is engaged in deadly factional and succession wars with a group opposed to him succeeding Mugabe.

Comments (9)

MDC guys let us be practical...fighting a lion with your fingers? Time to change strategy and fight eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. That is the reality of politics in Africa...finish

gamuchirayi - 5 April 2016

I will be there come the 14th! let all change starved Zimbabweans gather and drive the swine into the Zambezi. this is how ben-Ali(Tunisia), Gaddaffi(Libya) and Mubaraki(Egypt) finally gave up their stranglehold to power. I will be there despite posa and I hope tsvangirayi mean it this time. this is the language that tyrants understands. year-in-year-out zanu feast on our fears while we wallow in abject poverty. its either now or neva and let the train of freedom roll into the promised land!

Samanyika Chaiye - 5 April 2016

unispiring from the british sponsored lackeys,the majority of zimbo will not heed call to partake in the western sponsored demonstrations,the mdc offers no hope for the people of this country,chances are they will be another split in the mdc b4 april 14

truth - 5 April 2016

Mdc yu r nw a tired lot.yo schemes wr rejected by pple long time ago.change the way yu do things.

yuba - 5 April 2016

Mdc munoronga morongonora.plse.yu ha v no balls for that.zvinoda ana viola izvi.teargas!!!

fadzi - 5 April 2016

This is what zimbabweans want demos bcoz they have the right to do so thumps up to the only meaningful political party that we have in the country . People have long standing issues with zanu and demo is the way forward to settle our scores with Mugabe and his comrades in our economy destruction never listen to some CIO hallucinating here allu ta continua Phuma Mugabe ngena Morgan !!!!!!!!!!

Diibulaanyika - 6 April 2016

the reason why Zimbabwe is this situation is because an average Zimbabwean doesn't want the truth. below are some of the truths that people routinely circumvent: 1. rwavhi gukurahundi Mugabe committed genocide in Zimbabwe mainly the gukurahundi atrocities of the 1980s. this is the reason why he doesn't want to vacate the throne because he knows that he will be arrested. this has nothing to do with his marriage to grace is this come well after he had committed the crimes. 2. grace is a useless slut who left her marriage to get married to rwavhi because of pecuniary gains. 3. joice mujuru was the main driver of corruption in zanu with her late hubby rex. she owns a number of farms, mine and buildings around the country. she has no positive contribution to make to the country given her horrendous performance in govt for the past 35 years. she is a liar who wants us to believe that she always had differences with Mugabe yet she begged him to stay on the eve of her official cashiering. the fact that on top of her priorities is the chasing of solo's killers shows that she is in it for her own benefit and not for national benefit. tsvangirayi lost his wife in dodgy circumstances but never has he said that he wants to avenge that. also, joice consistently said that she has no ambition to become president now she is lying that people requested her to be president. the day we learnt to accept and tell the truth, our country and ourselves shall be liberated!!! VIVA SAVE 2018 VIVA!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 6 April 2016

MDC, if your march is to show your displeasure on the listed issues that is fine. But if your march is to remove Bob from power FORGET AND SMILE. He is the current constitutionally elected President. BE DISCIPLINED. Never allow your match to be hijacked by hooligans [some from WITHIN MDC & SOME from Zanu PF] who will resort to violence here and there in order for the demonstration to be discredit. The police should give you enough protection. Itai shungu dzipere.

Icho - 6 April 2016

Go Zimbabweans Go MDC-T. Thats the way forward. But don't forget the grass roots structures and make sure that they are organized and well structured to the last ward and cell. Viva 2018 Viva MDC-t

raymond - 6 April 2016

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