All set for Mujuru rally in Marondera

HARARE - Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, is expected to hold a rally today in Marondera, Mashonaland East — the home province of her late husband former army general Solomon Mujuru.

The party’s spokesperson, Jealous Mawarire, told the Daily News that Mujuru — President Robert Mugabe’s former vice president — will hold the rally not only to garner support from the people but also to honour her late husband, who died in mysterious circumstances.

“...we are not only doing this for Zimbabwe but for General Mujuru and also all those who believe in a liberated, free and united Zimbabwe,” Mawarire said.

He said Solomon played a key role “in liberating this country (and) also in uniting the people of Zimbabwe”.

Joice was fired by Mugabe in 2015 after having been axed from the Zanu PF party the previous year.

She, together with other expelled top Zanu PF officials — Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo — formed ZPF this year and has expressed intentions to challenge Mugabe in 2018’s election.

According to Mawarire, she is also going to speak on the on-going wave of anti-Mugabe protests that have rocked the country in recent weeks.

“(Joice) Mujuru is also going to speak on the current wave of protests and the liquidity crunch. She is going to talk about day-to-day problems which are affecting Zimbabweans.”

“... she is going to talk much about agriculture as you know that Mashonaland East is about agriculture so she is going to talk about how to revive agriculture which was destroyed by Mugabe. She is also going to address issues to do with the current situation facing war veterans.”

Mujuru’s Marondera rally, the fifth since forming ZPF, comes on the back of escalating protests against Mugabe’s misrule.

The protestors are blaming Mugabe and his administration of failing to deal with corruption, rising poverty, collapsing service delivery and a worsening economic crisis among other ills.

Mawarire said ZPF believes the problems Zimbabweans are facing need simple solutions and “the simplest solution we need is that the government need to have a will to solve the current crises”.

“... government must change its attitude and must start to put people first, so that the people decide the way to take. Our government doesn’t need genius people to solve this crisis.”

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