Another protest against Mugabe

HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) is plotting the mother-of-all-demonstrations in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare to put pressure on President Robert Mugabe to leave office.

Mugabe, 93, has been refusing to leave office despite immense pressure from his ruling Zanu PF party, the army and the citizens, who took to the streets last Saturday in a bid to push him out.

After infuriating his rivals by his failure to resign during a televised address on Sunday, ZNLWVA has resolved to mobilise citizens to stage another demonstration “immediately” in the hope that the show of numbers would move Mugabe into resigning.

The country’s ex-liberation war fighters are also initiating court action to legalise the military action against Mugabe after the army seized power mid last week.

“Save the country further turmoil. If not, we are bringing the people of Zimbabwe back to the streets,” ZNLWVA chairperson, Christopher Mutsvangwa, said as he also called for less restrained protests than those staged at the weekend in an effort to dislodge Mugabe.

“This time there will be a sit-in. We are not going to be leaving Harare until this guy is gone.

“He’s lost his marbles,” said Mutsvangwa.

Earlier on Sunday, the ruling Zanu PF party voted to sack Mugabe as its leader.

It also axed First Lady Grace Mugabe and about a quarter of the ministers who make up the veteran ruler’s Cabinet.

Mutsvangwa told journalists in Harare yesterday that they were not leaving anything to chance in their move to see Mugabe out.

The former War Veterans minister in Mugabe’s Cabinet said while politicians were embarking on the impeachment process, citizens must voice their demands to ensure Mugabe leaves sooner than later.

“We the war veterans are calling on the people to come back and we are appealing to the business community wherever you are, we saw the generous support which you gave on Saturday, now we want even more support. It will be a sit-in until the back of Mugabe is seen by the people of Zimbabwe. We are not going to be leaving Harare until he is gone,” Mutsvangwa said in his address.

“The message is very clear and we are also appealing to the Diaspora, they come from every village of Zimbabwe, from wherever you are, if you sponsored an individual last time to come to the march, sponsor two, if you sponsored a kombi last time to come from your village to come to this march against Mugabe, please sponsor two buses.

“We want the whole population to descend upon Harare and give an unmistakable message that we want to see Mugabe’s back, the country has to start on a new page. His rule has been disastrous, particularly the last 15 years, your country has been reduced to the level of deprivations, Zimbabwe has gone through worse than a country that has gone to war and he is totally oblivious of the damage which he has done to the nation because he is pre-occupied with indulging this coterie (G40 faction) . . .,” Mutsvangwa said.

The move to push Mugabe out comes after the army took over government operations last week, claiming they intend to weed out criminals around the nonagenarian leader.

The development saw the arrest of several government officials, while others went into hiding as Zanu PF went on to recall Mugabe from his position.

Despite his recall, Mugabe has refused to leave office, claiming all will be sorted at the party’s congress slated for next month.

But his party is of the view that Mugabe has overstayed his welcome after a solid 37 years in power.

Mutsvangwa said people can start coming immediately to Harare for another march.

“So those who didn’t leave, they should not go and those who left should bring two or three more back to Harare. That’s what we are saying . . . this time for good measure we may want to bring them a little closer to the Blue Roof (Mugabe’s Borrowdale private residence) when they come.

“We have initiated legal action in the High Court of Zimbabwe. We have gone to the court today, to say that Mugabe was derelict of his executive duty, forcing the head of the army to intervene to arrest criminals. The army has now done its job and the people of Zimbabwe on Saturday took off from where the army had left and that is why we are calling upon the people of Zimbabwe to say he is dragging his feet a little longer than is due. So we want to ensure that he leaves now, we want to see his back now, your rule is over, the emperor has no clothes,” he said.

The war veterans, who have cited Mugabe, Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi, army commander Constantino Chiwenga and Attorney-General Prince Machaya, as respondents in the application, are seeking a declaratory order.

“The actions of the Defence Forces in intervening to stop the takeover of the first respondent (Mugabe)’s constitutional functions by those around him are constitutionally permissible and lawful in terms of Section 212 of the Constitution of the Republic of Zimbabwe in that they arrest the first respondent’s abdication of constitutional functions. Mugabe had literally abdicated his constitutional functions; he was in dire dereliction of duty.

“Secondly, they ensure that non-elected officials specifically his wife, should not make pronouncements on the Judiciary, Parliament or anything, she doesn’t exist in the Constitution of Zimbabwe, she is absolutely mad, she is clinically mad. So we want to ensure that non-elected officials should not exercise executive functions…,” Mutsvangwa said, adding that they seek an order declaring the army’s actions constitutionally valid. — Additional reporting by Reuters and IOL

Comments (8)

on another note & as an after thought, these bush fighters inviting pple to protest, are they not the same wo vetz who maimed & traimatised pple each time the masses expresed they dislike of rhobhati? they liked rhobhati & I feel that they should do the job of protesting on their own! they onli started to loath the man when they were beaten thoroughly at citi spotz! DIY cdes & taste what we have always felt when rhobhati the maggot used to bribe you with cash! you were his dogs & now the coffers are empty you are turning against him!

SaManyika Chaiye - 21 November 2017

Hatipindire nyaya dzatisingazive, zuro chaiye Chinamasa and other Zanus said they are cleansing their party and do not want a transitional gvt or opposition to meddle. War Vets, who the hell do you think you are? you think Zimbabweans mafuza anomutambisa bhora when it suits you. Iye Mugabe akazoipa rinhi wamairigira maelections. Demostratai mega stop abusing ma Zimbabweans as if munoda vanhu. You are fighting to eat alone, so stop this hypocrisy please. We have been suffering makanyarara for a long time. Zimbabweans deserve better leadership than war vets and Zanu. Zimbabwe is full of brainy young people, lets give them a chance to take the country forward. Yes we want Mugabe gone but please no more dictators and no more vaidya ne dictator, all of you OUT!!!!!!

Tongogara - 21 November 2017

Hatipindire nyaya dzatisingazive, zuro chaiye Chinamasa and other Zanus said they are cleansing their party and do not want a transitional gvt or opposition to meddle. War Vets, who the hell do you think you are? you think Zimbabweans mafuza anomutambisa bhora when it suits you. Iye Mugabe akazoipa rinhi wamairigira maelections. Demostratai mega stop abusing ma Zimbabweans as if munoda vanhu. You are fighting to eat alone, so stop this hypocrisy please. We have been suffering makanyarara for a long time. Zimbabweans deserve better leadership than war vets and Zanu. Zimbabwe is full of brainy young people, lets give them a chance to take the country forward. Yes we want Mugabe gone but please no more dictators and no more vaidya ne dictator, all of you OUT!!!!!!

Tongogara - 21 November 2017

Like has been said, some Zanu (RF) ministers like Chinamasa have already started arrogantly boasting that they can do things alone so go ahead. If necessary, make it clear that you are calling for Zanu (RF) members in Harare to demonstrate against RGM. Most people are aware that Zanu (RF) has virtually no supporters in Harare. You will have to bus in people. We made a big mistake to be involved last Saturday, finish your job alone Zanu (RF). Remove the virus you installed. We're tired of all of you. You are two-headed snakes.

Sagitarr - 21 November 2017

I have heard so many people say, ah right now let's just all work together to remove Mugabe, as if he is or was the only bad egg, iyo issue yekuti "right now" iyoyo ngatiingwarire because inotiparira mangwana. Pamunenge muchiti right now, ana Chinamasa, Mtsvangwa and others vanenge vatova mberi kwe programme kusina kana kana kana kana ruzhinji rweZimbabwe. Veduwe ka, ma Zimbabweans chi party chinonzi Zanu-PF ichi kana chokwadi chokwadi charasisa mukuru wacho akaita kuti ma Zanu Politicians oseeeee apfume what more isu zvedu? Veduwee ngatimukei, if we want to take action ngatiitei ne opposition, lets support and give the opposition a chance. Iyowo opposition yacho yakamirirei, kumirira kuti ma war vets ataure. Hamunawo zvenyu enyu mastrategy, ma innovations amungaite? Nhaiwe Chamisa, Mwonzora, Mashakada nemi Amai vedu Thokozani Khupe titungamirirei, tarisai Zanu PF has shown kuti it never had the capacity to run Zimbabwe.

Tongogara - 21 November 2017

Well said Sagitarr, midzimu yenyika yedu iri kuda kuti isu vana ve Zimbabwe, titore gwara rawataura iroro. Nyoka i nyoka even ikapfeka bhatyi ne magirazi sa Chinamasa the Cobra.

Tongogara - 21 November 2017

Hatisikuda a Mugabe Must go isina kana kana strategy, let's organise ourselves for specific targeted results that are desirable to the masses. We want the economic environment to work for all of us, that is what is key. Zanu failed so let's give others a chance. I support a merged opposition because it brings together all the brains and skills the country needs. We have people, vadikani, we have people better qualified to run Zimbabwe, we don't need a crocodile, a python, a lion kana mvuu to lead us. We need real people with real names and nicknames that show they are for economic growth, they are for the people, they mean well for our Zimbabwe. Ngatizvinzwire nyasha veduwe, kusvikira rinhi tichivharwa like this, kutambudzwa kuswero famibiswa kumachiswa ne ma war vets with their own personal interest to settle scores na Grace Mugabe, NO!!! enough is enough

Tongogara - 21 November 2017

its important for ll zimbos to wake up from the impulse created by the army! this is lacoste turning on another mode to counter g40 and lets not get carried away!

SaManyika Chaiye - 21 November 2017

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