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Mugabe dared to kill protesters

All major opposition political parties yesterday vowed to defy President Robert Mugabe’s threats against demonstrations, saying they are prepared to die on the streets for their freedom.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

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Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party, Joice Mujuru’s People First, the Welshman Ncube-led MDC, People’s Democratic Party led by Tendai Biti and other members of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) representing all of Zimbabwe’s opposition parties said yesterday that following Mugabe’s deadly threats against opposition leaders, they had met and resolved to resume the demonstrations on an even higher note.

Addressing the Zanu PF central committee meeting on Friday, Mugabe warned the opposition, in particular MDC-T leader, Tsvangirai that he would unleash his full wrath on them if they continued with street protests against his rule. He said his patience was running out and that no one should blame him for whatever would befall the opposition leaders.

MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, however, said in view of Mugabe’s threats and police brutality, opposition parties had met on Friday and agreed to turn up the heat on the 92-year-old Zanu PF leader.

“We will up our game against Mugabe. We are not afraid of him or his police. He must know that we are not about to negotiate with him for our constitutional rights and as Nera, we have resolved to continue with demonstrations,” he said.

Mwonzora accused Mugabe of being delusional and forgetting that he was the one who signed the 2013 constitution into law, that he now wanted to violate.

The MDC-T said it would stand in defiance and let the police decide whether or not to harm demonstrators in the wake of statements by Mugabe, which seemed to give the police a free reign.

“It’s the choice of the police whether or not they should shed blood of innocent protestors. That there are murderers in the system will not stop us from sending a message and taking action which will benefit the future of Zimbabwe,” said Mwonzora.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka said Mugabe was caught up in an “embarrassing time warp,” as he was failing to understand that demonstrations were permissible in the new constitution.

“He is living out of his time; an analogue politician in a digital age, a Remington typewriter in an internet cafe. President Tsvangirai is not moved at all by these threats from an old man shocked to the core by the resurgence of people power,” Tamborinyoka said.

He accused Mugabe of always blaming Tsvangirai for whatever problem he faced including family issues.

“He is haunted by the ghost of the man who has taught him electoral defeat to the extent that even where the people speak he sees not them but the ghost of his political master, the only man who makes him quiver like reeds in a howling storm,” Tamborinyoka said.

Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) said following years of experience working with Mugabe, their leader and former Vice President, Joice Mujuru, was well aware that the Zanu PF leader was not a person to negotiate with.

“The people who have been in Zanu PF and are now with ZimPF know from experience that you cannot negotiate with Mugabe. The only language he understands is the demonstrations, so we are not going to attempt to negotiate with him,” ZimPF spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire said.

According to ZimPF, Zimbabweans had no choice but to take Mugabe’s government head on vowing protestors will not back down even in the face of violent threats.

“We are not going to stop demonstrations because we have no choice but to demonstrate. Its either we die of hunger or we die on the streets demonstrating. We are in-between a hard place and a rock,” Mawarire said.

“We have always had peaceful demonstrations as guaranteed by section 59 of the constitution, but it is the police who have always been violent, even teargasing a demonstration before it had started.”

Mugabe warned protestors would be sent to prison if the demonstrations continued.

“And if they take actions that are painful, they have only themselves to blame. Most of them have never been in a prison cell, where food is thrown to them and ordered to eat facing their own waste,” Mugabe said.

But spokesperson of the Welshman Ncube led MDC; Kurauone Chihwayi said Zimbabweans would not allow Zanu PF to “get away with murder and theft of resources meant for national development.”

“Zimbabweans are swimming in Zanu PF created poverty and surviving under very tough economic conditions that may only change after the 2018 united opposition victory which is imminent,” Chihwayi said.

“The MDC subscribes to the idea of a united opposition and great strides have been made to ensure Zanu PF ouster in 2018.”

He said the country needed a new political driver with a positive and capable mind to take Zimbabwe forward.
“No amount of threats will stop the people from expressing themselves or demand Mugabe’s ouster as allowed by the national constitution,” he said.

People’s Democratic Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume said despite the “reckless” statements by Mugabe, people would not rest until they forced him to an “old people’s home.”

“He thinks it’s propaganda that people are suffering while his family eats the fat of the land,” Mafume said.

“His cronies like named cabinet ministers eat like there is no tomorrow. People are determined and resolute to demonstrate until he goes to an old people’s home to rest or do what other old people are doing, not to pretend to run a country when he can’t pay salaries except his own.”

23 Responses to Mugabe dared to kill protesters

  1. mark longhurst September 11, 2016 at 7:03 am #

    This man must live ….to see the inside of the hague

    • Fatso September 11, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

      Chikurubi…the Hague has too much dignity

    • Pastor Zvangu Zvaita September 11, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

      May those who are prepared to die die and leave those of us who are prepared to live to live. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

  2. Chibaba September 11, 2016 at 7:07 am #

    We want the NERA leadership to lead and be on the street not to urge others to demonstrate while they are in the comfort of their homes or run away in their cars. They must experience how teargas affects us ordinary people. How painful a batton stick is. No more newspaper protest.

  3. Nyimo September 11, 2016 at 7:11 am #

    Demonstrate or do nothing you are dead. The difference is the same. This goblin should not be prescribing our conduct therefore we will do what we feel is right. For all we care he can go to hell and stay there. Vake vana varikudya sausage vachinwa mkaka yet out kids are starving all out of his making. So let him shut up and leave us to do what we think will help us. If he kills us the better he will quicken our demise and cut short out suffering. His rantings should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve they are just proof enough of the debilitating dementia this goblin now suffers from.

  4. Mendeka September 11, 2016 at 7:29 am #

    The conditions which Mugabe says prevail in jail are a pure creation by his evil desire on human beings as the colonial rulers never subjected him to that evil condition. I feel he must be taken there himself in due course and not any other human beings as jails are intended to rehabilitate people and not to make them more evil like Mugabe. Zimbabwe is truly unfortunate to have him as a leader.

    • Icho September 11, 2016 at 8:32 am #

      I couldn’t say it any better.

  5. Icho September 11, 2016 at 7:30 am #

    Waau! I guess this would appliy to the Zanu PF guys, the Chombos and the like, that they should be in the fore front in stopping demos kwete kutumira mapurisa. Same with Bob do it yourself kwete kutumira vanhu. This is characteristic of leaders, ESPECIALLY Zanu Pf leaders, ordinary poor, unemployed people are sent to do the dirty tricks / stuff on their behalf for a tiny payment of “bhora rembanje, or scud re doro”. Imi morovana, mokuurayana noku pisirana dzimba, ivo vagere zvavo muma HOFISI ne muma HOTERA. AS IT IS, THE POLICE ARE GENERALLY VIEWED AS EVIL, YET THEY ARE SIMPLY FOLLOWING BIG STRONG ORDERS FROM Chombo and Chihuri etc. People of Zimbabwe Zvinurayi, Wake up, Vukani bantu!

    • Naphiri Chipisiwa September 11, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

      If we think back- that is Mugabe style” kill the problem” -Tongogara gukurahundi unexplained deaths of former ZANU people who dared disagree with him .Disappearance of Dzamara and many others That’s his answer to any opposition You can see how his people quack with fear when he admonishes them -because you know you will be the next to have convenient accident Are you forgetting kuti Tsvangiral was bitten up and his former wife died in an unexplained accident That is how Mugabe has come this far He is EVIL You only have to look at his face these days It has demon written all over He knows he is a gonna saka the only thing left instil fear He does not care about Zimbabweans anymore that why he spends most of his time flying but pamberi ne maprotests He thinks tiri maministers ake vanomutya I agree with the above sentiments that its sad and unfortunate to have such a leader

  6. WAMAKEDENGE September 11, 2016 at 8:19 am #

    Oh what a statement”an analogue politician in a digital age”

    • Icho September 11, 2016 at 8:58 am #

      Frankly, this is what Mugabe and his old Zanu Pf cronies are. Their minds are still in the bush fighting imperialism, and racism, 36 yrs after independence. For them the war is still on, no wonder why they rig elections by ‘ginya’ and will continue to do so as long as they are in power. For them they are still fighting, even amongst themselves. Look at the way Ztv is clouded with war related videos and pictures, even when it is not appropriate to do so. They want to draw us back to the Nehanda times, to the times when they themselves suffered in the hands of White oppressors, yet we born frees have gone to school with whites, are married to whites, are partners in business with whites, etc. They want us to hate whites and even to hate each other on political grounds [Zanu PF against ZimPF or MDC, or Mavambo etc]. It is ALWAYS Zanu PF against any other party. This speaks volumes about the characters in Zanu PF. Mugabe’s mind is so full of HATE, HATE HATE. The Zanu PF GENERAL mentality CAN BE SUMMARISED AS HATE OF DIVERGENT VIEWS, “DESTRUCTION” AND NOT DEVELOPMENT. Zvavakauraya uye ZVAVARIKUURAYA zvakawanda kupfuura zvavakavaka. THEY ARE INDEED IRRELEVENT TO THIS EPOCH. ANALOGUE [Chedumbu screen] POLITICIANS IN A HIGHLY DIGITAL AGE [Curved screen] , THEY TRULY ARE. FAMBAFAMBAYI OR BE RELEVANT.

  7. Cde Tichatonga Chete September 11, 2016 at 8:45 am #

    “His cronies like named cabinet ministers eat like there is no tomorrow. People are determined and resolute to demonstrate until he goes to an old people’s home to rest or do what other old people are doing, not to pretend to run a country when he can’t pay salaries except his own.”

  8. karanda September 11, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    The problem with Zimbabwe Is injustice. Our justice delivery system has failed to live up to what it stands for, thereby leaving people in frustration. People are now desperate for justice, thereby taking Law into their hands. They no longer seek justice with our justice delivery system. The courts has become so corrupt such That they have become irrelevent. When justice Is denied, people Will resort to violently speaking. Our leaders Will begin to threaten people and unleash terror as they are doing now, which Will lead to the spilting of Blood. Thereby nation of terror were people are ruled by the sword not by justice of the Law. People should know That nomatter how big You are, You Can not ne bigger than the laws of humankind, whosoever rule by the sword shall die by it.

  9. Benito September 11, 2016 at 9:23 am #

    Its better to take to the streets than just watch this mugabe & his cronies kill the economy. Demonstrations would force these donkeys to listen to the people’s needs

  10. silva September 11, 2016 at 11:18 am #

    people in zimbabwe are said to be educated,,, when ur house is destroyed by city council u keep quit because u are educated,,,,,when ur salary does not come on time u keep quiet because u are educated ,,,,,,, when u are retrenched from a company u saved ur entire life and no package is given to you u keep quiet because u are educated ,,,u are beaten and teargased by the police for peacefully demostrating abt poor living conditions ,u keep quiet because u are educated,,,,,,,,,, Until when shall u keep quiet because u are educated its time to deposit our educational certificates and fight for a better nation

  11. Kim September 11, 2016 at 11:46 am #

    Opposition leaders, if you are calling for demonstrations, then let it not be the people alone fighting to bring the freedom, you too need to be out in front on the ground with the people! You cannot urge the Zimbabweans to risk their precious lives, whilst you command and watch from your balconies.

    • Icho September 11, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

      True that, We need Gandhi like leaders. Its high time they know that. Even ku Zanu PF people are at times paid to “do things” after that ivo votonga nechisimba havo while isu POVO tichingotambura. Its high time you join the people. Be in front with them. Then we know you are really for the people.

  12. Sagitarr September 11, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    The hatred in this old so-called president has taken up more cerebral space than any positives to move this country forward. He is a monumental failure and disgrace to mankind.

  13. Symbol September 11, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

    Together we can

  14. kennus September 11, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

    let’s be serious guys.aluta continua.this old man Mugabe must go.we will continue the fight and die for our children future.we spoke through the ballot in 2008 when he(Mugabe) was trounced by tsvangirai and held the results for one month ,manipulating the results to come out with a no outright winner.he stole tsvangirai’s opportunity of ruling.he again stole our change that we had effected through the ballot.so am saying to all men with the support of our women ,let’s intensify our demonstrations,until this old Mugabe is gone.35yrs of suffering. high school fees,high maternity fees,no medicine in hospitals, 120% unemployment, corrupt ZANU pf government officials,judiciary interference etc.whatever threats but he Mugabe is going.

  15. Demo September 11, 2016 at 7:20 pm #

    Tsangirai did it in the past and was brutalized by the regime. He certainly led from the front but then got little backing from us.

  16. Elder J. Derks September 11, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

    I cannot agree with you guys more than that this is the opportune moment to stand and fight for our rights. The fact that this dictator is threatening us is because more than ever before he is feeling the heat and whichever way he turns he is boxed in. Nowhere to run now and he is cornered for a better word and probably even the other African leaders have told him that it is game over. We therefor must not ease off the pressure but keep on keeping on. Victory is certain!

  17. mboko September 11, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

    less talk more action guys #Tajamuka/sesijikile this time around these thieves have to go for good I hope all civil servants have leant a lesson,soon there’ll be no salary for u so now is the tym to join us

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