Mugabe has dismally failed: Mujuru

MUTARE - Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader Joice Mujuru yesterday savaged President Robert Mugabe for using violence to continue clinging onto power and called on the nonagenarian to resign and pave way for an early election.

Addressing more than 5 000 supporters who thronged Sakubva Stadium for her ZPF’s maiden rally here, Mujuru said Mugabe should just concede failure and allow the country to move forward.

“The reality we are facing is that the country has collapsed. ... Mugabe should just announce that he has failed. It has failed me, people... he must not keep assaulting children. He should announce elections properly to allow whoever the people prefer to take over in peace,” Mujuru said to applause.

The former vice president accused the Zanu PF government of being heavy-handed in dealing with growing dissent, which she said has risen to such levels because government has been ignoring people’s concerns for too long.

“The reason people are protesting is because people have been saying things for a long time now, but government has not been listening,” Mujuru said.

She slammed the police and military for their aggression in dealing with the protests currently rocking the country.

“We are hearing that last week there are children who were bitten by police dogs and are in hospital, we saw women being assaulted... Is that what we want? No! What we know is that police keep peace and do not initiate hostilities. This is what we expect as People First,” Mujuru said.

Mujuru urged the citizenry to continue to demand accountability from the leadership peacefully.

“We want to engage our leaders so that they give us answers but not through setting dogs on the people or assaulting them with baton sticks. Police and the army are there to preserve peace, and we should also question in peace,” Mujuru said.

Adding that it was sad that the country is now lagging behind countries that had less wealth due to bad economic policies.

“As People First, we are saying in our country we cannot lag behind other countries that we know have less wealth than we have. We know that,” Mujuru said.

She also urged her supporters to ensure that young people are registered as voters

“We should not just talk, are we registered voters? For those who are 17 or 18, do you understand what a ward is? Let’s know our ward set ups. This is where we will be cheated,” Mujuru said.

She also urged traditional leaders to maintain their neutrality in elections, amid concerns they have been unwittingly and gradually drawn into the political fray by the ruling party, becoming agents of coercion for Zanu PF, contrary to their much-vaunted role as custodians of national culture and traditional values.

“Let’s respect our traditional leaders. You are not politicians, don’t choose between children. Leave us to our political games but if you say so and so cannot participate in political activities, then you are no longer traditional leaders, you should then resign and join political ranks,” she said. 

Mujuru said she was driven to tears when she discovered the numbers of Zimbabweans who had skipped the country to South Africa.

“I visited South Africa two weeks ago and I wept with what I discovered. It’s no place to go. Our children who went there and lost their identity documents or lost them and are giving birth there, do not have any identity. They are now being separated with their children.

“In the event of deaths there are just unmarked graves. What are we going to do about this generation? Surely where are we as a country?

“...we never expected that at this stage and after a gruelling liberation struggle, we will have people leaving the country to endure such torrid suffering.

“...we didn’t fight for this. We fought for people to have good lives. We didn’t fight for a few to enjoy at the expense of many.”

Comments (11)

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darwin - 18 July 2016

Haiwawo zveshuwa, no-one will ever take you seriously Joyce because you have zanu blood and you obviously looted when you were VP. I think you should step aside you looted enough already. You are just not presidential material, you don't have what it takes i'm afraid. That's why mugabe made you VP.

misty - 18 July 2016

Mai Mujuru musatitaurira zvisina basa. Only fools believe whatever you have to say, makasvipwa kare imi nepovo. When you were still vice President maive musingazive kuti vanhu varikutiza kuenda kunze kwenyika kunoita ana nanny ivo vaine madegree. Musada kudzidzira kupenga

olga - 18 July 2016

Mai Mujuru musatitaurira zvisina basa. Only fools believe whatever you have to say, makasvipwa kare imi nepovo. When you were still vice President maive musingazive kuti vanhu varikutiza kuenda kunze kwenyika kunoita ana nanny ivo vaine madegree. Musada kudzidzira kupenga

olga - 18 July 2016

Mai Mujuru musatitaurira zvisina basa. Only fools believe whatever you have to say, makasvipwa kare imi nepovo. When you were still vice President maive musingazive kuti vanhu varikutiza kuenda kunze kwenyika kunoita ana nanny ivo vaine madegree. Musada kudzidzira kupenga

olga - 18 July 2016

Mai Mujuru musatitaurira zvisina basa. Only fools believe whatever you have to say, makasvipwa kare imi nepovo. When you were still vice President maive musingazive kuti vanhu varikutiza kuenda kunze kwenyika kunoita ana nanny ivo vaine madegree. Musada kudzidzira kupenga

olga - 18 July 2016

Mai Mujuru musatitaurira zvisina basa. Only fools believe whatever you have to say, makasvipwa kare imi nepovo. When you were still vice President maive musingazive kuti vanhu varikutiza kuenda kunze kwenyika kunoita ana nanny ivo vaine madegree. Musada kudzidzira kupenga

olga - 18 July 2016

I agree with you 100% joice that rwavhi Mugabe has failed!!! my question to you is that how do you absolve your of the failures of the zanu government when you, Solomon and didymus were instrumental figures of the zanu regime for donkey years? don't be fooled by the people thronging the stadiums and confuse that for support when in fact they are hungry due to the stupid policies that you implemented while still vp. they think that you could give them some handouts and t-shirts the zanu way. the best way you and your outfit could do for us is to reveal zanu rigging strategy, return the loot that you accumulated whilst in zanu and go farming quietly. anything else wont help joyyy!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 18 July 2016

Yes i agree with all those who say Joyce was part of the system that brought us were we are today. However we have to make a choice between remaining in the same situation or changing. We have tried Morgan over the years and he has failed us.All we need now is someone who can take ZANU PF away. Thereafter we will be OK. Democracy can prevail in our country if the liberation part is taken away. I suggest we all rally behind Joyce and/or whatever coalation comes around that has joyce as the head. We will do it . Pointing fingers today will not work. Lets look for a solution. A solution that will be without the Liberation Party ZANU PF.

melrose chimukoko - 18 July 2016

She was there when the country got into this trouble. Nyangwe zviite sei, ropa raJoice Mujuru hatirichenese. Akarovesa vanhu kuDarwin uko and during stealing of diamond revenues she also took part.

Bond Note - 19 July 2016

Joice Mujuru is a failed politician, who is she to tell us that Pres Mugabe has failed..wakuda kuona now because you are out of the ruling party,,why didnt you say it uchiri mugovernment..People should resist being fooled by this old lady from Dotito...

CHIDO CHIKUNI - 21 July 2016

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