Mega anti-Mugabe demo going ahead

HARARE - Organisers of tomorrow’s much-hyped “mega demonstration” against President Robert Mugabe in Harare are on a collision course with the country’s panicking authorities, vowing yesterday that they would go ahead with the mass protest without permission from the police.

With Zimbabweans reeling from a cocktail of political and economic problems — including cash and food shortages, and rising unemployment and poverty levels — a number of pressure groups have touted tomorrow’s demonstration as “very important and necessary”.

The groups, which include Tajamuka, #Thisflag, Zimbabwe Yadzoka, #OccupyAfricaUnitySquare and the militant National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (Navuz), are also vowing to keep taking to the streets until Mugabe, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, demonstrates that he has people’s concerns at heart, or resigns.

Tomorrow’s planned demonstration comes after a period of relative calm in Harare, following the imposition of a blanket ban by authorities on protests in the capital city’s central business district (CBD) for the past few weeks.

Navuz leader Sten Zvorwadza, who is one of the organisers of the planned demonstration, told the Daily News that they were also making efforts to rope in opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to be part of the mega demo.

“We are at the advanced stage of preparations and our demands are very simple. We are saying no to corruption, no to injustices and no to poverty and that the government has a responsibility to give us much-needed answers.

“We are raising important matters that need answers. Tomorrow’s protests are only the beginning. Whatever the police will try to do we know we have the law on our side and we are also facing a government that is in decay. The time to challenge it is now,” Zvorwadza said.

Among the other grievances that the marchers want addressed is the looming introduction of bond notes — in a matter in which they claim Mugabe is undermining the Constitution by using temporary presidential measures to amend Acts of Parliament.

Meanwhile, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said they would “thunderously and vociferously oppose” Mugabe’s abuse of presidential powers.

“The MDC would like to associate itself with all Zimbabwean citizens who are gathering to demonstrate. We know that Mugabe is a very stubborn dictator but then, we aren’t bothered one iota.

“We shall continue to exercise our constitutional right to engage in peaceful demonstrations and protests. The Zanu PF regime is crumbling, it’s on its knees.

“The walls of Jericho have cracked and very soon, the  kleptocratic and fascist Zanu PF regime will be confined to the dustbin of Zimbabwe’s political history,” Gutu said.

Zvorwadza added “we are not seeking police clearance (for the demo) because we are empowered by the Constitution to demonstrate”.

The leader of the Occupy Africa Unity square, Patson Dzamara, also called upon Zimbabweans to step up pressure on Mugabe.

“We are heading towards a total precipice and we cannot continue like this. The time for us to draw a solid line in the sand has come.

“Cognisant of the fact that Mugabe and his minions won’t listen to our outcry, we must speak to them in their own language. We must get into the streets and tell them we are tired and unhappy of their misrule, leadership failure, corruption, and Zanu PF-made poverty.

“We can’t just whisper about it in our little corners or rant on social media and end there. We must take a stand, action is critical,” he said.

“Zimbabweans must understand that their liberation won’t be delivered on a silver platter. It will come at a cost and we must be prepared to pay the price.

“Our liberation will cost us tears, sweat, blood or even lives, but we must do this for ourselves and future generations. It is our responsibility,” Dzamara, whose brother Itai has been missing since March 2015, added.

Speaking in a recent interview, Tsvangirai also encouraged Zimbabweans to join demonstrations in the country’s interest.

“There is need to change the system and it can be done. It was done during the GNU. People are suffering, people are living in dire straits and like they say, when elephants fight it is the grass that suffers. We need to avoid that.

“We (MDC) are committed to solving the problem but we are not government. Zanu PF should give in now and pave way for a proper election to take place. People must be active, don’t watch from the sidelines when you are also a victim,” he said.

Comments (13)

Guys from Gweru, Zvishavane, B/Bridge and Gwanda Lets meet in Bulawayo tomorrow for sme serious business

Mwana Wevhu - 17 November 2016

The ZANU PF waterloo is fast approaching! Lets join hands and face this evil and blood thirsty regime. Our future is uncertain because of one enemy Mugabe. Our beloved youth should be not be despised by silly tactics of Mugabe regime.

The last man standing - 17 November 2016

All patriotic zimbabweans stand up fast and tell Mugabe that you are very angry and he must do the good thing resign if he loves this country . Remember cowards will always eat shit and drink sewage water bcoz they are scared of a 92yr old granny . My Jesus mani .

Diibulaanyika - 17 November 2016

Its yo right.goahead.just be peacefull and engeable wth the elderly walking about.All over the world now its a right to demonstrate.President Trump ,not yet in power is facing demonstrations.President Zuma has plenty everyday,sme he even sings along unknowingly its him who they are agaist.So whats so special about president Mugabe.He is too old anyway.May not even know what yu singing about.But if he is so relavent to yu ,ya goahead n get his attention.

viola gwena - 17 November 2016

CHAKA BVONDOKA NHASI, MUNHU WESE MUROAD, HAPA KUSIRI KUFA APA

Bonganilishe - 18 November 2016

Guys there is power in numbers, there are numbers that the police cannot handle, lets go and flush bond papers in the toilet, NO NO TO POVERTY, MANGUDYA WANTS TO BRING POVERTY TO THE PEOPLE. Where have you heard of money that comes from trees to buy real goods, iwe!!! This time tovagadzirira size yavo, beaten once twice shy.

Ballista - 18 November 2016

Guys tinouraya mhuri nenzara nezvisinabasa izvi. We need to fend for our families here in Zimbabwe lets not be told what to do by our brothers and sisters who are posting these messages from the diaspora. Ko tinodya mademo here. Some are being paid to do that iwe wosiya zvinokupa mari uchimanya muroad seunopenga, be very careful.

Family man - 18 November 2016

Rise Zimbabwe rise! Zimbabwe is the greatest country in Africa! Zanu pf does not own this country or us!

Young Zimbo - 18 November 2016

@Viola , today you have earnestly exposed yourself , yes Mugabe must go but never ever think that Mnangagwa will succeed Mugabe , that will never make any difference as we see no difference between Mugabe and Mnangagwa , they are birds of the same feather . Our simple and sincere call is that Mugabe and his ZANU PF including your favourite candidate Mnangagwa must be flashed dipper into stinking drains .

Khalabemgeza - 18 November 2016

@family man. Yu are a real coward mayb its bcoz u are benefiting from zanu. Watch from the terraces isu muroad pfee zvedu

Freedom fighter - 18 November 2016

Khaba im surprised yu only know now my preferences.Sory I disapoint yu,but its choices.yu also have a right to choces,pick yos n support .I did.I have reasons to suprt vp.Very strong reasons based on economy,simply put,not fantacies.I cannot support leaders who battle to say out their intentions on the economy,prefering to hide an say its a secret.Nope.Trump wuld have never won if he kept everything a secret.But Khaba ,at leats we have one thing in commo.We both want Pres Mugabe to retire and go home.I honestly do want him gone.Away from state to home and spend time wth anything else,than running an economy.Those are my reasns.But I still respect him for what he did from 1975 to 1990.I love him for that time.I also respect Pm Tsvangirai for what he did from 1995 to 2008.I love him for that time.But he has reached his crescendo.He has done his part and is as tired as Mugabe.Thats my grind bhuti.Wasting my energy supporting wannabes is not my cup of tea.I look at REALITY.

viola gwena - 18 November 2016

BUT REMEMBER kuti othersre being PAID to stop working - ko iwe? Chuwachuwa tongoindiwo! Jeso wangu! Ava vatumwa and after they sign per diem! I know 0 i have friends who buy me beer after a good day's work!

edmore moto sibanda - 18 November 2016

Mega demonstration, my foot! This has proven to be one monumental failure and let Zimbos learn this very fast, it does not work. With 99% unemployment lets get real. How does demonstration bring change if its for a day. I f you plan to shut down, then shut down permanently until what you want is achieved. Besides that the biggest employer is the ruling party with its government, so no deal. You cannot remove guerillas through protests, period! Its a hard fact and bitter pill which Zimbos must swallow. This voting, demonstrating etc is nonsense. Just go on with your life and know that this world is the Lords with all that is in it. Humanity has stooped so low enslaving each other due to lack of knowledge. My people perish because of lack of knowledge, and its not the knowledge which you know and taught in schools and university which is foolishness. I am talking about wise knowledge from the ''I AM" which can liberate you from the shackles of enslavement and bring you into the light of love and peace which surpasses all carnal understanding.

Mukadota - 18 November 2016

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