Mugabe is scared: Ex-top soldier says

HARARE - Former military bigwig and ambassador, Brigadier Agrippah Mutambara, has become the latest erstwhile trusted aide of President Robert Mugabe to give the long-ruling Zimbabwean leader a vote of no confidence.

The prominent war veteran also observed that Mugabe was running scared because of the growing public anger against him, as Zimbabwe’s economy continues to die due to Zanu PF’s misrule of the past 36 years.

“The president is frightened, the war veterans have deserted him and there is a growing convergence of thinking among comrades. No one is going to pretend anymore (about Mugabe’s immortality),” Mutambara told the Daily News yesterday.

“What is most hurting is that he cannot influence the events anymore. The people that he relies on have their own ambitions as well and are abusing his advanced age. And with inner knowledge of the state of his health, they are now relying on the youths to push their agenda,” the fearless former freedom fighter, who recently ditched the brawling ruling Zanu PF to join former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZPF), added.

“Mugabe cannot reform. What is worrying him now is that he has always been able to have his way and now there is resistance from everywhere and the fact that we formed a political party in the form of the Zimbabwe People First makes him realise that people are no longer scared of him.

“This is no longer a government with the interests of the people at heart, but one that is pushing its own agenda,” Mutambara said.

The war veteran spoke at a time that Mugabe and his government are fighting myriad problems — including the country’s dying economy, fast depleting State coffers, worsening cash shortages and an increasingly restless populace.

In recent weeks, Zimbabwe has witnessed growing protests and riots as citizens’ frustrations have sometimes boiled over into violent disturbances.

Mutambara’s words dovetail with what former State Security minister, Didymus Mutasa, said last week during a meeting of opposition political parties.

Mutasa, a former longtime friend and confidante of Mugabe, also appealed for more peaceful protests then, which he said would force the nonagenarian to quit power.

“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.

“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 said.

Comments (9)

While this is going on I hope there is a team of technocrats crafting a socio-economic turnaround strategy that will genuinely place the economy into the hands of black Zimbabweans. No more recolonization by whites, Arabs or Chinese. Zvakakaitika zvakakwana!!

ADF - 23 July 2016

actually we do not give a damn about what all your'll are thinking or say. once Zanu always Zanu and we havent forgeten what you didymus and group did to us from 2000 till recently when you were fired. in simplicity fuck you all

king - 23 July 2016

I am very worried. Never before has our authentic and consistant leader made so many mistakes: Leaving Zhuwao to scare depositors and investors; paying civil service bonuses when clearly the nation has no capacity, making endless trips to Singapore at great national expense, silencing the only person who knows how to defend him across seasons (Jonathan Moyo), arresting Mawarire thereby increasing his stock, failing to deal with his 50 bedroom brigade (incl Kasukuwere), dismissing a hugely popular war vet leader (why not re-post him to represent Zimbabwe in Iceland or in Tumbaktooo), introducing import licences to benefit big business (read politicians) against the ordinary vendors...the list goes on and on. My one question is who is really standing with His Excellency today?

Tekere - 23 July 2016

He is a cheat, he cheated Zimbabweans in the vote numerous times and now he is cheating our youth out of a future. Authentic my behind!

mukwerekwere - 23 July 2016

Mugabe cannot change anything now. He will be 93 next year. Which foolish Zimbabwean can continue to believe in what a 93 year old sekuru can promise and deliver?????? He failed to deliver 5, 10, 20 and 36 years ago. Wake up vana vevhu.

Robert Ngwirire - 27 July 2016

time is now up for president mugabe to be dethroned [PRESIDENT MUGABR

SIMBARASHE MAVETERA - 12 October 2016

Mugabe wil only b served by old age,but Grace shall b arrested.Must stop manipulating the old man into all ths folly.I sometimes agree guys,tht we all also nid to take the blame,&especially thoz guys in zanu pf who are close to him;who shld hv retired him even in one politubro meeting,&us as a nation,we failed to retire him during many past election.His age guys is excusable for the many mistakes which are now rampant in our nation.The man is too old

addmore gudo - 7 November 2016

We should move forward as a nation an not blame each other work out a solutions to the problem ,and find the way forward

Susun - 14 November 2016

We should move forward as a nation an not blame each other work out a solutions to the problem ,and find the way forward

Susun - 14 November 2016

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