Mugabe's US supporters plan counter demo

HARARE - Panicky President Robert Mugabe’s sympathisers are plotting to stage a demonstration at the forthcoming United Nations (UN) general assembly in the United States (US) in a bid to counter protests by pro-democracy activists pushing for the nonagenarian leader’s exit.

Going under the banner “Mugabe is right”, the campaign is being facilitated by the December 12th Movement — a US-based anti-racism non-governmental organisation.

The campaign comes in the wake of another plot by exiled Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire to stage an anti-Mugabe demonstration, also at the UN meeting.

Mawarire — through his #ThisFlag campaign — led one of the biggest shutdown protests in Harare in July this year.

He was subsequently arrested on charges of inciting public violence before he was released after the State brought new charges against him of attempting to overthrow a constitutionally-elected government.

The court ruled that the decision to bring new charges was unconstitutional.

Mawarire left the country for South Africa soon after his release before moving to the US, where he is now pushing for more protests against Mugabe and his government.

However, according to the December 12th Movement, Mawarire is being used as a pawn by the West to turn back the African revolution.

The group, which further claims that Mugabe is under attack from the West, has scheduled a march to the UN in support of the nonagenarian leader.

“The forces transporting Mawarire around crying out for democratic change in Zimbabwe are the same forces that supported former dictator Ian Smith and his criminal rule over Rhodesia.

“Do they oppose corruption and poverty in Zimbabwe? Europeans take no responsibility for hundreds of years of African exploitation, terrorism and criminal sanctions against a developing country,” the organisation said.

Despite long-suffering Zimbabweans taking to the streets to register their displeasure with Mugabe’s failed 36-year leadership, the December 12th Movement touted the 92-year-old as one of the greatest African leaders.

Comments (1)

honestly. zimbabweans are suffering the very worst. i was so saddened to see out your people being hwindis for a mushika shika small car. honestly is this the results of great leadership 12th movement?

k - 14 September 2016

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