#Beatthepot demo shuts down Bulawayo

BULAWAYO - Business temporarily came to a standstill in the Central Business District here as hundreds of women took to the streets to peacefully show their fury at President Robert Mugabe’s rule.

The protest, dubbed #BeatThePot campaign led by MDC vice president Thokozani Khupe, saw women of all ages clad in the usual red party colours turning up in numbers as pressure continues to pile for the nonagenarian leader to step down.

With a baby strapped on her back, just like many other women, Khupe led from the front as the sonorous noise emanating from the beating of pots cloaked the entire CBD, in the process attracting attention from all and sundry.

The banging of pots using the cooking sticks was well accompanied by the “Mugabe must go” chorus.

Motorists hooted while passers-by waved their hands in clear solidarity with the marchers.

Partof the crowd at the #Beatthepot protest against Mugabe.

The marchers also carried placards inscribed “Mugabe must go now”, “We want our $15 billion”, “36 years of destruction sesikhathele”, “Zim for all not Zanu PF only”, “Enough is enough”, “Kasukuwere and Chombo must be arrested” and “Zimbabwe youths it’s our time.”

The march, which kicked off at around 11am from the City Hall Car Park, saw marchers returning to the same venue where they were addressed by Khupe.

Speaking to the journalists after the march, the MDC’s first vice president had no kind words for Mugabe.

“We are very happy because what we are saying here is, we are putting more fire on a pot that is already boiling; we want that pot to boil until Mugabe goes,” Khupe said.

“These pots that we are beating are no longer cooking anything at home, this is why we brought them to say we no longer have anything to cook, we are starving. That is why we are saying please Mugabe you have failed, please go so that our lives can go on well.”

She said Zimbabweans cannot be led by a governed that has proved to be highly-irresponsible.

“... Mugabe and Zanu PF must step aside and allow a government that will be ushered in through free, fair credible elections because people of Zimbabwe deserve to be governed by a responsible government not one which when $15 billion disappears, they don’t even know where the money went to.

“If that money had been used properly people of Zimbabwe could be having a better life.”

She praised Bulawayo women for standing up for their rights by turning up for the demonstration; a move that she said demanded a lot of courage considering how the governing party has thrived on using fear to suppress the masses.

She said they will continue holding more demos until Zanu PF heeds their call for them to step down and allow for a responsible government to take over.

“We are going to repeat more of these until Mugabe leave office, until the people of Zimbabwe are free.

“We cannot have political empowerment without economic empowerment.

“We don’t have economic and political freedom because the Mugabe regime suppresses people but today we managed to demonstrate, to show the whole world that we have suffered enough. Enough is enough, sokwanele, zvakwana,” declared Khupe.

She however, appealed for intervention of international community to free the people of Zimbabwe from further suppression by the Zanu PF government.

“We are saying and we demand that the international community should intervene and assists us in this fight that we are in.”

Comments (2)

This is very encouraging. Let us continue strategising and mobilising kusvika zvanaka

Dakarai - 18 July 2016

Come to Harare Khupe, we need to do the same match.

Mai F - 18 July 2016

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