'Ask Mugabe to resign now'

HARARE - As Zanu PF’s much-hyped million-man march gets underway today, long-suffering Zimbabweans say the demonstrating party members would best use the opportunity by telling President Robert Mugabe to step down, rather than massage the increasingly frail nonagenarian’s ego.

The controversial demonstration, a brainchild of the former liberation movement’s youth league aligned to the party’s Generation 40 (G40) faction, has now been grudgingly embraced by embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s supporters after Mugabe was recently reported to have arm-twisted war veterans to support it.

Even then, well-placed Zanu PF sources told the Daily News yesterday that there was “a lingering fear that the whole charade” could still disintegrate into unmitigated chaos and violence depending on what happens during the day.

A Harare airtime vendor who gave his first name as Ernerst said many people within his social circle did not understand why anyone needed to toyi-toyi for Mugabe.

“We are all suffering my brother and nothing is working in this country. From where we are sitting, this is nothing more than a useless and factional Zanu PF game where party interests groups are only working to outwit each other,” the despondent university graduate said.

Another vendor said the march was “a tactic” to divert the nation’s attention away from Zanu PF’s poor governance record and its abject failure to honour all of its 2013 election promises.

“The money being blown on this demo should have been directed towards empowering us the youth and making sure that hospitals, for example, are working properly,” the fruit seller, who used to be a bank teller eight years ago, said.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu also said if anything useful was to come out of the march, participants needed to use it to fight the dictatorship running the country.

“In the land of plenty, only a few thousand people, mainly members of the ruling Zanu PF elite, are enjoying the fruits of our hard-won independence. The MDC unreservedly and strenuously condemn the proposed Zanu PF so-called million-man march.

“If anything, whoever is going to march on May 25 should be marching against poverty, joblessness, hunger, destitution and corruption.

“It is these ills that have been the hallmark of … Mugabe’s unparalleled mismanagement of the national economy over the past few decades. Instead of massaging the personal ego of the man who has caused the pauperisation of millions of Zimbabweans by staging a totally puerile, purposeless and wasteful so-called million-man march, the Zanu PF regime or whichever of its factions is organising and funding this thoroughly discredited march should actually be staging a march to publicly apologise to Zimbabweans for ruining and destroying a country that used to be the bread basket of southern Africa,” Gutu said.

“They should also be staging a march to call upon … Mugabe and his clueless and corrupt regime to immediately step down from office in order to save the people of Zimbabwe from further suffering,” he added.

He said the country’s myriad crises were a result of Mugabe’s misrule, which had “trashed” the hopes of millions of Zimbabweans.

“Thanks to more than three decades of the Zanu PF dictatorship, Zimbabwe has virtually collapsed into a failed State in which more than 85 percent of the population live in abject poverty and destitution.

“The MDC would like to call upon Zimbabweans to resolutely refuse to be abused and enslaved by the collapsing Zanu PF regime.

“The people of Zimbabwe deserve to be governed by a legitimate, responsible, accountable and transparent government that will assume political power through free, fair and credible elections,” Gutu said.

Comments (16)

the march can only make things worse. we wil be th laughing stock of the international community as if to support th failed leader

pee - 25 May 2016

The march will be done by people who have been threatened and forced to be part of the march. People from Mupedzanhamo who fear to lose their tables are some of the people. Hapana zviripo apa

Dunga - 25 May 2016

Why this so called million persons match being planned on 25 MAY AFRICA DAY?? It is a mockery to all the African heroes. Only idiots can make such an arrangement let alone take part in this

gamuchirayi - 25 May 2016

@pee,@dunga,@gumuchirayi,@samanyika,send me your whatsapp numbers i send yu my selfies,am very happy to be here,i have not been threatened and its only befitting that on africa day we bestow such an honour on the great one

truth - 25 May 2016

i am not on wat-apu!

SaManyika Chaiye - 25 May 2016

I think this is the right time for us zimbabweans to stand up and say enough is enough guys,Mugabe has taken us for a ride, i also began to doubt our educational systems even me with no any academic qualification i think better than our so called proffesors and DRs , look how many proffesors in Zanu Pf but they are failing to advise Mugabe to step down @92 still holding a public office, its a shame to us Zimbos,

tiiiii nematanda - 25 May 2016

Taneta nasekuru Mugabe. He appointed his nephew Chidhakwa who is drunk, to be the minister of mines. The two must tell us where they banked the $15 billion from Marange/Chiadzwa diamonds. They cannot keep on blaming foreigners.

Gigson Keteke - 25 May 2016

Am glad HE saw what he saw at his grant entry into political administration, now that there is an identical one marks the end. #thisflag-hatichada-hatichatya. Go well Gushungo

rasta - 25 May 2016

its a bumper crowd hey!!

SaManyika Chaiye - 25 May 2016

nechafambira vanhu.kundoudzwa ngano dzehondo.siye zvataurwa nema youths.kushandiswa chete.havakudeyi vanhu ava

fourdays - 25 May 2016

Kwanziiko kumiriyoni man kwacho, hanzi achatonga ari muguva!!!!!!!!! Aah mbuya mugabe vandishamisa. Kuti Zim ichatongwa nechipoko!!!?

Ziggy Zigawo - 25 May 2016

@Ziggy Zigawo. Taura zwako. Nguva dzose pandinotaura kuti tirikutongwa nechidhoma vamwe vanozviti vana jojo navana truth vanonditi ndiri kupenga. Hezwoka izwo, vataura vega amai, amai venyika, pangungano MMM kuti chidhoma chiri kumutongai, and chichatonga kusvika mapfidza. Uripiko jojo neshamwari yako truth ? Chimwe chamungada kuziva ndechipi ivo amai vanoziva status yaGushungo vataura. Kurara ndiko kunomunetsai. Tinoedza nguva dzose kumuchangamudzai asika, hey, misoro yenyu yakawoma semupangare.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 25 May 2016

Hahahahah you think anyone will take advise from this toilet paper unless that person is an imbecile!, hahahahahah

truth - 25 May 2016

Hahahahah you think anyone will take advise from this toilet paper unless that person is an imbecile!, hahahahahah

truth - 25 May 2016

@truth its a shame I know for sure your are among the poorest of all but yet you give honour to a man he is not God and its okay you can be millions but God will show you who is great and and he is a just God. Nyika ino is being held hostage by a certain circle misrule unjust and cruel treatment of people Mwari acha Simuka hake otidza ukuru hwake. Amai is right God appoints a leader and we pray that he clearly reveals himself and do his will not the will of man.

critic - 26 May 2016

@truth its a shame I know for sure your are among the poorest of all but yet you give honour to a man he is not God and its okay you can be millions but God will show you who is great and and he is a just God. Nyika ino is being held hostage by a certain circle misrule unjust and cruel treatment of people Mwari acha Simuka hake otidza ukuru hwake. Amai is right God appoints a leader and we pray that he clearly reveals himself and do his will not the will of man.

critic - 26 May 2016

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