Mujuru's ZPF backs mass protests

HARARE - Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) has backed mass demonstrations to ratchet up pressure on President Robert Mugabe to fix the economy and end his alleged misrule.

This comes after thousands of people heeded calls for a mass demonstration last week against poverty and corruption in Zimbabwe by the opposition MDC, led by former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, with people taking to the streets chanting songs denouncing Mugabe and his governing Zanu PF party.

In an interview with the Daily News yesterday, ZPF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said Zimbabwe has reached a critical stage for people to demand their freedom.

“I am not one of the people who believe in writing manifestoes and talking, Zimbabweans need to act and stop talking,” Gumbo said.

“What I mean is peaceful demonstrations. Mugabe, like any other leader, is sensitive so do not estimate the role of demonstrations.”

Since Mugabe’s party controversially won the 2013 elections, the economy had slowed down, with thousands of jobs lost and social service delivery hitting an all-time low.

In recent months, experts have said 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.

Gumbo said their party is concentrating on how to proffer solutions to the country’s economic woes.

He said ZPF believed that people have the fundamental right to express their frustrations against the government through demonstrations.

“There is nothing wrong in demonstrating because we are a democratic society,” he said.

“We had said this, that we want to create a democratic and peaceful nation where people can live without fear and able to decide their own future. We need to correct this anomaly.”

These sentiments come after the MDC held a successful demonstration last week, were the former prime minister said they will have more protests against a number of issues, including Zanu PF’s failure to fulfil its promise to create 2,2 million new jobs as espoused in the ruling party’s 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.

“We are saying to Mugabe as a statement, this is time for him to listen to the voice of the people, the people shall rule, the people shall liberate themselves,” Tsvangirai said after the demonstration.

“This is the first demonstration, but we are going to other provinces and we are also going to have a national demonstration here in Harare.”

Last week, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu also said people are now fed up as Mugabe is failing to offer solutions to the current economic problems.

“For how long can bankrupt regimes last? This is the end game. They have destroyed the economy through decades of misrule, mismanagement and thievery.

“Now, there’s very little left to steal. The chickens are coming home to roost. The writing is on the wall,” said the former Chisipite senator.

Analysts, have said contrary to the government’s heavy propaganda, the Zimbabwe economy is “definitely dying”, as manifested by worsening liquidity challenges, company closures and job losses.

What makes the country’s situation worse is that in the urban areas, most of the unemployed and educated youths are selling an assortment of products, including cell phone recharge cards, vegetables, clothes, traditional herbs and skin lightening creams.

And instead of attending to the country’s worsening political and social-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 (19)

This tie you dare go in the streets we have orders to shoot on sight be warned you rats

ARMY - 21 April 2016

why does it take the wrath of zanu for one to see sunshine when the sun is blazing daily. joyce; you wait to be undressed to see that morgan has direction. you never fidgeted by a slight inch against zanu until you received verbal molestation from grace! neva have you saw that rex was braai-ed until zanu ejected you?! women are renowned of wailing bitterly at the loss of a husband yet you chose to continue dining with the murderers until...!!! aagh hey! please don't confuse poor Zimbabweans who have been longing for freedom for decades. leave this to morgan and followers of his ideals lest you contaminate them with zanu ideological pollutants. ndapota amai!

SaManyika Chaiye - 21 April 2016

This time you will shoot all of us and you rule yourselves, this and thugs

dollarman - 21 April 2016

This time you will shoot all of us and you rule yourselves, thieves and thugs

dollarman - 21 April 2016

what is the difference between shooting and causing starvation? what is the difference btwin killing with an axe and killing with a gun? the difference is the weapon but its still murder with aggravation! yu must learn to keep yo mouth shut than to display yo hollowness! the only thing yu know is taking 'orders' without mental synthesis and exercise of judgement. go and starve in the barracks!

SaManyika Chaiye - 21 April 2016

Runaida Mugari,aka,Joice Mujuru and her faction of Zanu PF calling themselves ZimPF, entered the opposition political fray with the big brother attitude associated with their grandmaster Bob, but are now beginning to feel the heat and reality is dawning on them that Morgan is the REAL DEAL. Their glaring lack of appeal among the masses has been exposed and now want to seek relevance by associating themselves with the critical mass that Tsvangirai has by endorsing his strategy. Only on Independence day they issued a separate statement from the rest of the opposition parties, further confirming their arrogance. When did they begin to believe that the people of Zimbabwe must be unshackled from the dictatorship which they were a part of for more than three decades?If they had a conscience,they should have refused to enjoy ill gotten gains as they did in the full knowledge that their criminal cartel masquerading as a revolutionary party lost the elections in 2008. The best they can do is to organise a "crowd" of khakhi envelope journalists and a few diplomats and congregate at Meikles Hotel under the guise of forming a party,my foot! The "masses" they hope to organise are in the newsroom of their mouthpiece called the Daily News. Runaida and company, please come down from the paper plane you boarded at the instance of Stanley Gama&his nauseating publication and smell the coffee!

Masimba Wa Mugovera - 21 April 2016

Is Mujuru also backing paying back the money? She came into government in 1980 with nothing save for a grade 7 education & garments which Mutsvangwa didn't manage to get his hands on and for 34yrs she was a government minister but today she is one of the richest people in the country. She cant account for those riches, they certainly didn't come about from a government salary.

Galore 123 - 21 April 2016

Actually my wish is to see all opposition leaders joining Save in leading peacifull demonstratios by the masses, yes, it is the masses who are calling the shots here.

Macheka - 21 April 2016

we shall not brook any nonesense,we are in the middle of a five year term,the president did not cause the drought,nor is he responsible for the fall of mineral and metal prices on the international markets,the govt has invested a lot in education only for the youth after completing studies to join the mdc ,whilst zanu youths engage in selfsustaining projects,come 2018 we will defend the country from the local elements being used by the british

truth - 21 April 2016

mujuru is very daft. these demonstrations are also against her as she was instrumental in creating the current national misery. she looted diamonds and created zimasset in the comfort of zanu now she is talking of demonstrations against herself, crazy old pig!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 21 April 2016

@truth do you really believe the stuff you just wrote? Are you actually in power or you are just writing that because you think it makes you seem tough? The drought and fall of mineral prices are the only causes of the current state of economic decay? Do you even stop to ask yourself if the British really want to re-colonize Zimbabwe? Is there anything wrong with youth graduating and joining a party of their choice? You seem to confuse governement and ZANU-PF? Government has a responsibility to invest in young people and ensure that there are opportunities when they grom up, but zanu-pf is only a political party that happen to have majorities in government (illegitimately I might add). Do your homework before you make comments that just show that you trying to repeat what you read in the herald or heard from general Chiwenga

tino - 21 April 2016

@tino,its better than yu repeating what the tired @sa manyika wrote,are yu the son of an ex rhodesian police officer?in case yu are mistaken,the govt is zanu pf,despite all banana skins thrown in our path we shall uplift the masses,just because yu and @ josphat or @ samanyika dont like the revolutionary party does not mean the majority of the people think like yu,as zanu pf we have no time to even respond nd to the voices of puppets,am busy laying the groundwork for my ascension to parliament on zanu pf ticket in the so called urban mdc strong hold,give me a break

truth - 21 April 2016

"Army" , if the ZANU-PF government + military (yes, the military) had not beaten the hell out of rural Zimbabweans and rigged the last two elections, the country would be prospering, and there would be no need for Zimbabweans to take to the streets.

david taylor - 21 April 2016

"army" be warned. Unless you and your family have enough ammo to kill the whole country, bigger and more prosperous nations have failed to kill demonstrators because soldiers don't eat grenades and bullets. shortages of food will make your dead brain cells start to work!!

Sagitarr - 22 April 2016

this vendorprenuer with 11teen youthful employees cant make one comment without mentioning my name! even when I choose to keep quiet for a moment and read other pple's comments, he just utter my name! zanu gave you unsanctioned city space to sell substandard wares and 2nd hand linen and you think you are successifull to the extent of being an MP? maybe on a zanu ticket yu'll make it coz they will rig for you and yu'll do their dirty work as is typical of yo fellow maggots. kip yo wars to those yu fighting with mhan!

SaManyika Chaiye - 22 April 2016

MAPETROL BOOMBS NDIZVO.ARMY,MUGABE, CIO.BE WARNED ,MESE.HAPANA ZVAMUNOTIITA .

ROSEMARY SHERENI MARGOLIS - 22 April 2016

MAPETROL BOOMBS NDIZVO.ARMY,MUGABE, CIO.BE WARNED ,MESE.HAPANA ZVAMUNOTIITA .

ROSEMARY SHERENI MARGOLIS - 22 April 2016

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