Mujuru calls for more protests

HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru, now Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) interim leader, has called for more demonstrations and stay-aways against President Robert Mugabe whom she said must immediately resign.

In a statement yesterday, Mujuru lauded organisers of Wednesday’s crippling mass action that shut down Zimbabwe.
Mujuru hailed hard-pressed citizens for exercising their democratic and constitutional right “in showing and telling Mugabe the truth obtaining on the ground regarding the untold economic suffering of Zimbabweans”.

“In essence, your successful stay away is a vote of no confidence in Zanu PF leadership. Clearly there is no longer a social contract between Mugabe and Zimbabweans,” Mujuru said.
“As Zimbabwe People First, we urge the church, civic society, democratic activists and all Zimbabweans to continue exercising your constitutional right to demonstrate and air your grievances peacefully against Mugabe’s clueless and failed leadership”.

On Wednesday, Zimbabweans staged the biggest general strike ever mounted in the country’s history against the deteriorating socio-economic conditions which they blame on Mugabe.
So successful was the strike that law enforcement agents responded with their usual brutality, wantonly beating up and arresting people, including some who were attending a funeral. 

And Mujuru had no kind words for the police rapping the law enforcement agents for their heavy-handed methods notwithstanding that “the peaceful demonstrators are also fighting for the cause of all the state security forces who also want to be paid on time, they want to pay rent, send their children to school and above all, they want to have decent livelihoods”.
“We, however, get saddened as Zimbabwe People First by incidents of law enforcement authorities’ brutality on unarmed civilians.

“We plead with the law enforcement authorities to exercise maximum restraint when dealing with civilians. In the same vein; we continuously urge demonstrators not to attack our security forces in the course of their work”.
The ZPF leader expressed concern that Zimbabweans are living under serious economic difficulties and called for Mugabe to resign immediately.

“To that end we insist and demand as a matter of yesterday that Mugabe and Zanu PF leadership call for fresh elections which must usher new and fresh leadership with capacity to extricate Zimbabwe from the unpleasant and saddening social, economic and political quagmire,” Mujuru said.
She said the current cash crisis, the inordinate delay in the payment of civil servants’ salaries and the ban of basic commodities imports by government “all point in the one direction of a failed and clueless national leadership”.

Mujuru also thanked Zimbabweans in Diaspora for showing solidarity with locals as they also took to the streets demonstrating from their respective countries of residence.

Comments (18)

Voting for Mujuru is like calling back your 10yr ago divorced wife,she is now useless.we need new blood kuphela

michael Scorfield - 8 July 2016

Agree with michael

Gagayi - 8 July 2016

agree with Michael

Gagai - 8 July 2016

@ Michael You might as well direct that comment to just about every Shona, not just Mujuru. All of them, either as individuals, groups or through their parents voted for Mugabe and his ZANU PF in 1980. They repeated this feat one more time in 1985!!

Mthwakazi Restoration Movement - 8 July 2016

When Mujuru was sitting pretty high in office we heard nothing of her criticisms of Mugabe. And now she seeks political relevance through applauding the strike. ngaajoiner line re Povo and stop masquarading as a people's person. Taneta neupi zvake ane tsoka dzakabuda muZanu. we want a new Zimbabwe.

Joseph - 8 July 2016

@Joseph. When Shonas were sitting pretty in 1980 - we heard nothing of their criticism of Mugabe. Now they are seeking political relevance by calling him a Malawian; disowning the ZANU PF Grand Plan of 1979, which praises him as the greatest and the ultimate of what a Shona should look like, and behave. Akeniyeke ukuvala abantu amahlo; thina kasikhohlwa nomakanjani. In fact, when push comes to shove in competition with Mthwakazi people, your true Mugabe colours always shine through!!

Mthwakazi Restoration Movement - 8 July 2016

at muthukwazi this not all about tribalism .its about building a new Zimbabwe i noted u are always commeting about shonas. if u have nothing meaningful to comment i suggests u stop. your comments they don't add any value .

sergent - 8 July 2016

Attacking Mujuru is not from any member of the opposition but from The ruling party. Mujuru is the one who persuaded Mugabe to accept the GNU whose term of office remains a beacon or a yardstick of performance today. The Mujurus are business people whose businesses were also suffering from poor policies from ZANU PF. So if Mujuru could influence change within the party of wolves who just but always plan to finish off the poor man as seen by the import bans etc, then its justifies why they kicked Mujuru whose interests are business. Business people know that an economy with well paid people is the best for business growth and thus their policies explain why they always provide a conjusive environment for growth economically. So every level headed person who attacks Mujuru is not aware of the wars they fought within the party to try and stop wolves or its the wolves attacking.

Buddie - 8 July 2016

are you urging protests against the rot that you perpetrated for 35 years in government? confused old ugly hippo.

josphat mugadzaweta - 8 July 2016

Anyone who want to pose as a future leader of Zimbabwe has to be in the front line so that everyone else will follow him or her. From the comfort of her home or some cave she hopes to bring change to Zimbabwe, unsitting the the brutal regime she and her late husband took part in cementing. The country is suffering from a lack of leadership that can take advantage of the crisis we are in. Protests of any kind needs some co-ordination, and that coordinater cannot be seen to be afraid of being scratched at the same time hoping to enter state house. Mobilizing and rallying people is now key and imperative to propel the beginning of the end of Mugabe`s regime of destruction.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 8 July 2016

Anyone who want to pose as a future leader of Zimbabwe has to be in the front line so that everyone else will follow him or her. From the comfort of her home or some cave she hopes to bring change to Zimbabwe, unsitting the the brutal regime she and her late husband took part in cementing. The country is suffering from a lack of leadership that can take advantage of the crisis we are in. Protests of any kind needs some co-ordination, and that coordinater cannot be seen to be afraid of being scratched at the same time hoping to enter state house. Mobilizing and rallying people is now key and imperative to propel the beginning of the end of Mugabe`s regime of destruction.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 8 July 2016

Kana iri mundevere or who ever with a mind echoed by who ever mtwakazi group or who ever what ever they call themselves ndinoti wakamama. For as far as I am a shona born out of shona parents, my father died fighting in the ZAPU corner and all my life have never supported ZANU PF and worse felt the old man sold out by signing the unity accord. Now I feel hurt and distrout by some useless tribelists like Mtwakazi grouping who want to bring hate and despondence among Zimbabweans. Fight the system not a tribe. Not all Shonas are ZANU, and be warned that with your kind of agenda you will never rule Zimbabwe. Sorry Mtwakazi or who ever you are. Just like my admired public speaker Mr Ncube used to say" Its darkest just before dawn." See the bigger picture. See the light . the whole of Zimbabwe is rallying together against a common enemy and you are dwelling an harbouring unfounded and unjustified hatred on tribal lines. Nxa. Grow up.

Ndugu - 8 July 2016

mtwakazi what ever you call yourself you deserve a whip ....united Zimbabwe is what we are fighting for not backward thinking people.Mai Mujuru is the way out guys dig deeper in her political profile the woman has been fighting for the freedom of Zimbabweans but Mugabe for sure did not like that to him people are last peace loving Zims Mujuru is the way out

peacelover - 8 July 2016

Zimbabweans are now fighting for a common cause. Its extremely dangerous dwelling in the past because dwelling in the past will not take you to the future. The problems in Zimbabwe don't affect Shonas or Ndebeles but ZIMBABWEANS regardless of tribe. Therefore whether someone voted for Mugabe in 1980 has no relevancy now. Even those who voted for him have seen that they made a mistake and want to rectify. I'm Ndebele and lost relatives in 1982-3 but hating someone simply because he is Shona wont bring my relatives back, but together we can build the Zimbabwe we all wanted. Gone are the days kings fought on tribal lines. I'm sorry to say that after talking to a few Ndebeles who address themselves as Mthwakazi , I have picked that they are a lost bunch who have this useless idea of liberating Matebeleland - from who? Whoever is poisoning their minds is far worse than the Mugabe we are talking about. I'm sick and tired of people who go around talking nonsense in the name of the Ndebeles.

Ngwenya - 9 July 2016

Let Mai Mujuru express her sentiments without fear or favour.She carries the hope for a better future for every one regardless of tribe,race or creed.Those that tribalise every thing are doing a disservice to this new awakening.We all suffer regardless of tribe,pliz .

Membathisi - 9 July 2016

@Ngwenya, l strongly suspect that the Mthwakazi are a sponsored group hell-bent on weakening the gains of unity,tolerance and national progress.They have a Bantustan ideology which will take people nowhere.Actually they are so tribal in what ever they say.Whether Ndebele,Shona,Venda,Kalanga,Tonga we are a family together and we can make this country great as a people together.Whoever was what all these years is immaterial.The point are the lessons we have learnt this far.

Membathisi - 9 July 2016

Fighting against each other and throwing insults everywhere will not help. This is not the time to discuss problems but a grand plan to take out the insensitive and devilish regime so determined to rule at whatever cost. An enemy of my enemy is my Friend, as of now all Zimbabweans are faced with one enemy which is ZANU PF

New country order - 9 July 2016

I say bitterness aside. We all want the same thing - a better Zimbabwe we can all proudly call home. Away with these insults because they wont take us anywhere.

Ngwenya - 9 July 2016

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