'Mass voice is unstoppable'

HARARE - Fringe opposition parties who are signatories to the Coalition of Democrats (Code) say the recent wave of protests against President Robert Mugabe signify that the end is nigh for him.

In a statement yesterday, five opposition parties, Simba Makoni’s Mavambo Kusile Dawn (MKD), Elton Mangoma’s Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe, the Welshman Ncube-led MDC, Zimbabwe United for Democracy and the Democratic Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment (Dare) said Mugabe and Zanu PF must take heed of the people’s call for change.

The parties told the nonagenarian leader to prepare for his exit as he cannot block the will of the people any longer.

“The people of Zimbabwe are nobody’s puppets or agents. No amount of denying the anger of the people, no amount of denying the courage, resoluteness and discipline of the people, will alter the facts on the ground; that you preside over a corrupt, greedy, incompetent and cruel regime,” the statement signed by the Code’s leadership reads.

The leaders assured Zimbabweans that change was eventually coming their way saying “unity is our tool for making the change we deserve”.

The sentiments came after Zimbabweans on Wednesday staged one of the biggest general strikes ever mounted in the history of the country.

The opposition parties expressed dismay at the pace at which all aspects of Zimbabwean life are deteriorating.

They bemoaned the bloodletting within Zanu PF which is “intensifying by each day to the point of totally paralysing both the party and its government”.

“Since the installation of the Zanu PF government in 2013, after the ‘Nikuving’ of the elections of that year, the people of Zimbabwe have been enduring extreme hardships.

“The economy has collapsed, with the attendant loss of jobs, incomes and livelihoods; decimation of production and productive assets.

“Service delivery at both national and local government levels has practically disappeared. Both petty and gross corruption has become a hallmark of Zimbabwean society”.

The group said it was high time all opposition parties formed a granted coalition in a bid to end Mugabe’s misrule.

“Code takes this opportunity to congratulate the coordinators of the ‘stay away’, not only for its success, but more so for its orderly, dignified and peaceful conduct. This action has clearly demonstrated the potency of people power.

“In commending and appreciating the impact of the ‘Shut Zimbabwe Down’ initiative, Code re-affirms its commitment and readiness to work with other organisations, political and civic, to bring about the change that the people of Zimbabwe are yearning for. We will continue reaching out to such other organisations, with the view to agreeing on continuing programmes”.

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