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‘Mugabe must go’ demos rock Zambian capital

Lusaka — President Robert Mugabe yesterday came face to face with how Zambians feel about his continued 35-years grip on power.

Huge crowds of Zambians yesterday chanted “Mugabe must go!” at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the capital Lusaka. A video of the demo showing hundreds of people waving hands in the air and chanting their protests went viral on social site, YouTube.

It was not clear what sparked the demonstrations or who organised them. It could also not be established yesterday if the demonstrators had managed to get Mugabe’s attention or if the President responded in any way.

Efforts to get details of the goings-on in Lusaka were fruitless last night as Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba could not be reached on his phone. Zanu PF deputy director of information, Psychology Maziwisa expressed surprise at the question saying he was in the dark over the incident.

“Is that so?” he asked. “I am not aware. I am in Zimbabwe.”

The President was hosted to a dinner by the Zimbabwean embassy in Lusaka on Friday evening upon arrival.

Mugabe — who is chairman of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and incoming African Union (AU) chair — is in Lusaka where he went on Friday to attend the inauguration of Zambia’s new president.

This was despite the fact that ballots were still being counted and no winner had been declared.
The Radisson Blu Hotel is the current base of the opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development who appeared to have lost the election by the time of going to press last night.

Ruling party Patriotic Front candidate Edgar Lungu was tipped to win the presidential election after building what appeared to be an unassailable lead against Hichilema.

The elections in Zambia followed the death of President Michael Sata in October last year.

Hichilema, who is believed to have narrowly lost the presidential by-election, has claimed that Lungu stole the polls. He first complained on the very first day of voting, claiming government helicopters refused to carry his observers to the countryside despite an earlier agreement.

On his party website — although he accepted the outcome of the poll — he claimed the playing field was not level.

He said: “We have experienced widespread violence against our supporters and party members throughout the campaign, as well as deep irregularities in the counting process.”

Alluding to discrepancies in the counting of votes, Hachilema said: “We know that democracy lies not only in the voting, but in the counting.”

Hachilema concluded his statement: “We in the UPND, together with our partners and ordinary citizens, will be watching closely and we will be ready to win another election in 20 months’ time under a new constitution. Despite the fact that the election was stolen from us, I urge all our party members and supporters across our country to remain calm and peaceful for the good of Zambia.”

Lungu was set to be inaugurated last night as Zambia’s 6th President.

Mugabe — Zimbabwe’s only President since independence — arrived in Zimbabwe on Thursday from a five-week long holiday in the Far East and proceeded to Lusaka the following day for the inauguration of a new president.

This attracted furore from many quarters who question the rationale of Mugabe’s action given his extended leave in the Far East and the burning issues requiring his attention back home.

Zimbabwean Britain-based lawyer Alex Magaisa asked: “Just heard that President Mugabe [who arrived home yesterday after a long absence] flew to Lusaka for the inauguration of the new Zambian President tomorrow. Now, can someone please tell me, have the results of the Zambian election been announced already? Who is the President-elect of Zambia?”
— By Our Staff/Sapa

48 Responses to ‘Mugabe must go’ demos rock Zambian capital

  1. Smart Aleck January 25, 2015 at 7:57 am #

    There is a myriad of reasons why President Mugabe would be in Zambia. Apart from Lungu’s visit in December (, the photo finish election was showing potential to precipitate an unwelcome SADC situation, so the choice to stay at Hichilema’s campaign HQ might well have diffused the simmerings, triggering the shouts from a pensive crowd of Hichilema supporters. Alex Magaisa can only conceive of a visit after results, and nothing else, not even an official invitation or urgent call from Acting President, which is why with advisers like him, Morgan Tsvangirayi is singing the blues. It remains to congratulate the Zambians for their expression at the polls and their demo to President Mugabe – both peaceful and democratic and to poor water on reportage that focuses on “nitty gritty” of governance with no grounding in statecraft or the fourth estate’s responsibility to inform.

    • Shekulu Zhingomwa January 25, 2015 at 11:42 am #

      Vakadiyi kuponda kaideyi ikoko kaharabwa kako kava kutetereka neNdege. Kabva muoperation zvino konorembedza songoya. The Zambians know when there is a dog in the house. Mwari ngatonge zvitibve. Ngozi dzevanhu dzichamuka. Macards eRIP tototenga. Toyenda kunobata mawoko. Obviously there won’t be RIP chipoko chake chorura muHarare siku rose. Vanhu vachitandaniswa ne what appears to be a motorcade.

  2. DUMI KHUMALO January 25, 2015 at 9:40 am #


    • Ichashishita Wahala January 25, 2015 at 9:46 am #

      And no doubt one of the myriad of reasons was for Bob to collect his consultation fee for the advice he gave Ed in December

      • Ichashishita Wahala January 25, 2015 at 10:17 am #

        Or maybe that great and wonderful leader just wants to reunite Rhodesia

    • Tom harrison January 25, 2015 at 10:16 am #

      Dummy ! Haven’t you seen enough of the Mugarbage in your country? Wake up ! and I can tell you haven’t done much education either.Of course Zambia has a right to protest. He was in Zambia. “Mu garbage must GO”!

    • Zee January 25, 2015 at 11:25 am #

      @ Dumi, u talking bulls**t

    • Shekulu Zhingomwa January 25, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

      The old man is senile and suffering from dementia and prostate cancer. When he heard that there was an election in Zambia he had a flash back of his rigging and mistakely thought he was going to win an election in Zambia. We all know Mugabe rigs elections. The truth he cannot win an election nor can he get an erection. Vatazvako mudhara yakarembera mubhurugwa.

    • Texas B J January 25, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

      are you a real supporter or?

    • timm January 25, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

      bech ramai vako

    • Patrick January 25, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

      Dumi Khumalo speak for yourself. Most of us Zimbabweans can’t wait for that glob trotting dinasour to leave. Zambians are correct to denounce him as he is toxic to the region Zimbabweans are now beggars all over the world because of him.

    • Justin January 25, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

      Lol,who are stupid?zimbabwean are born stupids,every1 knows about it.u r plainty everywhere round sadec countries,and do you know because of wath and of who?hungry people.created to suffering.

    • oolbw January 25, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

      Dumi, are you serious?

    • Anfy January 25, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

      The Zambian people have every right to tell Mugabe to go they clearly don’t Like him and I can see why I think you should get a Life to criticize the Zambian people Zambia is in a stable condition unlike your Zimbabwe

    • Redeye(PHDDD) January 25, 2015 at 10:57 pm #

      They dont want him in THEIR country. What the hell was he doing there when results had not even been announced. Hasn’t he got enough to do at home like..ohhh say fix the crumbling health sector. His family cant even have health checks in the country that he has run down to ground. What a disgrace he is.

    • Nicholas January 26, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

      South Africa, Botswana and Zambia have had a large share of the policies of your lovely President. It is bullshit to say we don’t have a voice in his leadership. After all he is a so called Chairman of the SADC. Whose functions are as useless as your president. If you don’t have a better replacement you can come to Zambia. we have wealthy of leaders. you can also choose from the following I am sure they can do better than Mugabe.

      Eric chanda

      Get ride of the old man

    • Christ in Me January 26, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

      What right? What ballot box? What elections? What’s your definition of elections? The ballot box failed to remove Mugabe from power.

    • Pati January 31, 2015 at 7:24 am #

      You are such a mental retard to support Mugabe, Get a life!!

  3. sumbu January 25, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    Taura hako Smart. As Sadc and in coming AU chairman Mugabe has all the reasons to have his nose anywhere in Southern Africa. The extremely narrow margins of results was most likely to see Hachilema making Tsvangirai type noises. Mugabe must have rushed there to persuade Hachilema to quitely accept the outcome, besides what’s the prudence of being noisy about an election that is there again in a year’s time. Mugabe served himself a lot time and trouble. Muri pano Mugabe ari kufunga zvepamberi. Magaisa is a historian; always thinking the past.

    • Shekulu Zhingomwa January 25, 2015 at 11:58 am #

      Kaharabwa aka kachafira mu Ndege. Votofamba nebox fanika kufamba neAmbulance pamotorcard.

  4. Idioma January 25, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    His own country people are jobless and starving yet he hopes to solve other people’s problems.Ngaidzoke nguruve

    • Shekulu Zhingomwa January 25, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

      Nguruve is an understatement. Duzvi is the right word.

  5. peter moyo January 25, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    The zambians snubbed him by sending a low level minister (culture) to meet him at the airport. He was not invited there and saying that he was on Sadc business is b**s. Sadc had a team of able observers there led by motlanthe to ensure that process proceeds smoothly.

  6. Stokononzi January 25, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    As much as we want Mugabe to go, it is none of Zambians’ business what-so-ever to tell him to go. Yes we are neighbors but when it comes to “our” politics i think the Zambians are crossing the line and for that reason i think i will side with Bob against “foreigners”. If it was Zimbos in Zambia i would hv understood but this i s disrespect for Zimbabweans.

    • Redeye(PHDDD) January 25, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

      He was in their country so if they dont want him there then they have every right to let him know. Its called democracy and freedom of expression. Something which is much lacking in Mugabe’s own backyard.

  7. kambasha January 25, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Mugabe must go

    • Zimbo January 25, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

      What is wrong with showing solidarity with your suffering neighbours (us)? What if his (Mugabe’s) continued stay has negative effects on neighbouring countries, including them? Who are we to limit their freedom of expression in their country? Don’t we say Ubuntu is about all our problems as people of Africa. What do regional organisations such as the AU and Sadc if it’s not about a shared politics and values?

  8. Mwanawevhu January 25, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    Can a normal person in Zimbabwe demonstrate that Obama must go if he happens to visit this country for example? This is pure madness by the Zambians and they should respect the choices of millions of Zimbabweans who voted for the president. Of course some people didn’t vote for Mugabe and are happy to hear such developments, but can they change anything? Wake up , such demos are a waste of time , what’s important in Zimbabwe is the ballot box and nothing else PERIOD

    • Redeye(PHDDD) January 25, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

      Normal situation should be that Zimbabweans be able to demonstrate against ANYONE. Mugabe is in Zambia and the people who demonstrated clearly dont want him in their country. Freedom of speech/expression. Good for them. Zimbabweans are such cowards they wouldn’t dare do that, unless of cos they are bused in, wearing ridiculous outfits with massive emblems of a washed up dictator who has undoubtably lost his marbles, clinging on to power by his finger nails. Well done Zambians. Perhaps we can learn something from you.

    • Trans77 January 26, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

      Maybe they meant he must go back to Zimbabwe. Just saying and people took it out of context. I actually wanted him to come back home so that he deals with the Zimbabwean situation so those guys were conveying my message to the old man.

  9. Timhu Timhu January 25, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    Only those with senseless idiology and irrational perspective utter rubbish abt Bob, there shall come a time when pple wil wish he was around… Kutomushuvira rufu nxaa! Type yevanhu vari lazy kunge pa mzansi apa, nxaaa!

  10. CDE Sinjonjo January 25, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    Zimbabweans have been orphans for a long time and this is what the country must know. They have no leadership at all. The country is on autopilot. No amount of cosmetics can make this bad example of leadership appear good. Ungaende kunogarira graduation sure to a country that is only one hour away from home? A president with two vice presidents? Why not send one vice president to represent the country iwe uchizororawo uchiona kuti musha wako wakamira sei?

  11. Jim Saratoga January 25, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    Zimbabwe behaves as if the world must revolve around them. They find it suitable to ridicule other countries’ leaders left right and centre. When it is them who are throwing dirty at others they claim they have the right. When others do the same; they are lost. That is warped thinking. That is why Zimbabweans are now the world’s laughing stock, a country that barks too much but lacks basic economic tooth to the point that even its own political leadership avoid the country’s medical facilities and go as far as India, Malaysia and Singapore for treatment. Ndo patriotism here iyoyo?

  12. jjjj January 25, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

    Mugabe the SADC chair, and oncoming AU chair. what type of African leaders give an old bastard who is failing to run his country. SADC of late had created an inclusive govt in Zimbabwe after some contriversial elections and now they want to be led by such a man. hup?????:

  13. honest January 25, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

    kkmmmm kkkk he must go we are suffering with this man

  14. Khabo January 25, 2015 at 7:50 pm #

    Bob must go finish and klar we hav hd enogh of this madala

    • king d January 26, 2015 at 11:32 am #

      You can go no mugabe look after yourself

  15. NJ January 26, 2015 at 2:05 am #

    We should be thankful to our brothers in Zambia standing up for is. Didn’t we all chant “free Mandela” back in the 90 s. We all stood for each other . Didn’t put liberation fighters hide and train in Zambia, aren’t some of our brothers and sisters living and working there escaping the poverty created by the very man. Those who say Zambia mind its own are simplistic quite frankly rather dim, or Mugabe supporters ( I would say the latter). Zimbabweans no longer have the freedom to protest like that. We are happy that others can do it on our behalf. He must go!!! And I’m Zimbabwean ! ( expecting C10 knocking my door any minute now :0)

  16. Sam January 26, 2015 at 6:55 am #

    Spare the Zambians. This story is not true and has not been reported here in Zambia.

  17. Jake January 26, 2015 at 7:49 am #

    Dumi, do not be dillusional, the Zambians were telling him to ‘go’ from their country, as his arrival was before the final election results were published.

  18. king d January 26, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    Ngavazive zvekuzambiya kwavo ikoko in zimbabwe we are fine mugabe is 100% good for us

  19. chasura January 26, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    chibababa chacho vasekuru maone

  20. chasura January 26, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    kana vakadaro toti vaMugabe Ietayi electioN kuZambiya ikoko vanyare mahwina ikoko

  21. Zindaba January 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    Its unfortunate that sisters and brothers should start name calling each other. Over what – a story that might or might not have been.

    Three things we should all look at.

    1. This story did not come out in any Zambian media – whether electronic, print or social sites. Where did the standard get it from ?

    2. If it is true please note that he went to camp at a hotel that was the hq of the opposition UPND who felt that he was there to antagonise the whole electoral process.

    3. Also note that there are officially over 500 000 Zimbabweans living in Zambia. Unofficially it might be double that number.

    Take a second and think before you call your brother and your sister unprintables.

  22. Zindaba January 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    I have just watched the video in the above link and i think this can be attributed to my point 2 and 3 in my previous comment. If you take a look at the clip people are showing the UPND ( Zambia Forward) symbol, which is an open palm thrust forward. These were UPND supporters. Their chant was ” Mugabe must go” . Go where? They didnt say. Once again i plead watch the unprintables. We are brothers and sister divided by an imaginery line put in place by the real enemy!

  23. Derrick Katula January 31, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    this is a non-event because the action has to happen in Zimbabwe not Zambia or any other country

  24. MaraMechavio February 1, 2015 at 5:11 am #

    And whyw did these same reportersw forget to report the resounding welcome Mugabe was given at Lungus swearing?Did they miss it.Or as part of a paid malicious media they managed to see only their fellow paid demonstrators.How shameful,if not shameless.

  25. MaraMechavio February 1, 2015 at 5:19 am #

    How come we don’t even see a single placard with Mugabe’s name,and the “huge crowd” is pictured from behind.What was the photographer hiding?That this photograph was not of anti_Mugabe demonstrators?STUPID MERCENARY JOURNALISM,to say the least.

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