Pile pressure on Mugabe: Mutasa

HARARE - As president Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF continue to feel the heat from angry protesters who want the rot devouring the country arrested, former senior Cabinet minister and ruling party stalwart, Didymus Mutasa, says mounting public agitation for change could force the nonagenarian out of power before the 2018 national elections.

Mutasa, 81, served as State Security and later Presidential Affairs minister before he was sacked in December 2014 for allegedly supporting a failed bid by former Vice President Joice Mujuru to topple Mugabe from power.

Speaking in Harare yesterday, Mutasa said there was no doubt that Mugabe was “susceptible to pressure”, and could be forced out of power through public pressure.

His assessment of recent events in the country came as church organisations also warned that the current wave of protests by fed up Zimbabweans could mark the beginning of bigger protests.

“It is important for us as African people, as people of Zimbabwe particularly, to start to walk away from Egypt to Canaan.

“I would say there is need for an overhaul of all the processes in Zimbabwe. There is need for change in Zimbabwe,” Mutasa told journalists at a National Electoral Reforms Agenda (Nera) policy dialogue conference on electoral reforms.

“I do not think that Zanu PF still has life for much longer. Zanu PF is the president and I am sure he will succumb to that pressure (protests) ... from what his wife is indicating I do not see Zanu PF as our future government. No,” he added.

Mutasa previously claimed that Mugabe was ready to relinquish power in 2008 when he lost that year’s ballot hands down to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, but was pressured to stay by Zanu PF hardliners.

Once very close to Mugabe, Mutasa is now a senior figure in Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First party which is fighting to dethrone Zanu PF from power.

“We need that very important initiative that youths have started. They must do it peacefully. As you know our party slogan is let’s take Zimbabwe from Zanu PF peacefully.

“I am very pleased with what is being done by Evan Mawarire and his supporters ... what they did has made the government to panic ...,” Mutasa said.

Mawarire, leader of #ThisFlag campaign was arrested and detained earlier this week for allegedly inciting public violence. The State attempted to alter the charges to more serious ones when he later appeared in court, a development that could have seen him facing a possible 20-year prison term had he been convicted.

However, the court threw out the charges and allowed Mawarire to walk away a free man on Wednesday evening, at a packed Harare Magistrates’ Courts.

Mawarire and other social groups, including #Takamuka/Sesjikile, have been playing a leading role in recent protest actions which the government says are allegedly sponsored by Zimbabwe’s external political enemies.

Mutasa also said yesterday that a grand coalition would increase the chances of the opposition beating Mugabe.

“We need to work together. We need to be united as Zimbabweans so that we will achieve our objectives. Our objective is to take away from us the yoke of poverty and slavery.

“We have agreed to work with what I refer to as a coalition of political parties. We had a government of national unity in previous years but it did not achieve very much,” he said.

Comments (9)

Kikikikikikikikikikiki! VaMutasa - ko kunyarara zvinei! "I am pleased with what Evan Mawarire and his supporters have done........" VaMutasa you were among the architects of these draconian laws and the regime that has destroyed Zimbabwe

Moffat - 15 July 2016

if yu believe that diesel can be extracted thru n'angas then we excuse yu flirting with the idea that the masses can abandon the revolutionary party

truth - 15 July 2016

Why do you keep giving this Diesel from the Rocks Mutasa fellow a voice? The day Mugabe is outsted he will be the first one in line with his application form to re-join. When he was in he was not advocating for all this change infact he was saying he would be happy with elimination of 7 Million Zimbabweans who do not support zanu and leave only those 6million he claimed were his people (not clear whether he meant on tribal or part lines or both).

Galore - 15 July 2016

vamutasa,nyati,samanyika chaiye,no doubt,may yu symbolise the struggle for freedom in our kantry,we love

saManyika chaiye - 15 July 2016

kkk..mutasa-you are a pure coward..what did you do for the nation when you were still in power..leaders sacrifice for the people and cowardly leaders sacrifice the people so that they stay in comfort while the masses rot in a man made hell..shut the F...up.pure rubbish ..kutadza kugadzira kana road zvayo apa taking tollgate money ...rubbish..if i were you i would leave the country cz yu aint goin to enjoy mudyandigere here..they will burn yo properties these bitter people

NURSE - 15 July 2016

your are in it in order to keep your 11 farms and return your wife to zesa. iwe namujuru ndimi mboko dzekupedzisira. what do you still want at 81 madala? kusanyara kuroora pwere ime mave pahukwe yerufu. we don't need you, joice, covo and the empty basket.

josphat mugadzaweta - 15 July 2016

Mutasa, musatanyoko wamai vako. Uri weZANU iwe. Makatiuraira nyika iwe naJoyce Mujuru ne benzi renyu Rugare Gumbo. We don't need you in the new Zimbabwe. Fuck off and shut up.

Nyathi - 15 July 2016

@truth, quite a funny comment. Problem is that its the "Revolutionary party", if it ever was one, that has abandoned the masses. But, with your head so firmly stuck up Bob's jacksie, you cannot see it, can you?

Dunlop Munjanja - 15 July 2016

Muchiri kuda chii vanaMutasa minda makatora,kutonga makatonga. Kovamwe vozoitawo riinhi. chigarai pasi muzorore

mhepo - 16 July 2016

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