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Thousands march against Mugabe

Tens of thousands of MDC-T supporters yesterday took to the streets of Bulawayo to demonstrate against President Robert Mugabe’s alleged misrule, days after the veteran ruler addressed his party’s huge rally dubbed the million-man march in Harare.

BY SILAS NKALA

Mugabe told his supporters he would hang on to power at all cost and they agreed he should die in office. First Lady Grace Mugabe said her husband should even rule beyond the grave.

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The MDC-T protestors from all over Bulawayo mocked the Zanu PF march describing it as a farewell party for the 92-year-old Mugabe.

Marchers started arriving as early as 6am on foot, bicycles, kombis and private vehicles.

The march started from the Bulawayo City Hall car park into Robert Mugabe way through 9th Avenue and Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Street, ending at the Lobengula Kraal Inxwala open space near Northend where the crowd was addressed by the party leadership.

Former Zanu PF Hurungwe West MP and Yard leader, Temba Mliswa joined MDC-T leaders, among them acting president, Thokozani Khupe, chairman, Lovemore Moyo, his deputy Morgan Komichi, secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora and organising-secretary Abednico Bhebhe.

There were a few police officers controlling the huge crowd.

The demonstrators carried placards that read: “Mugabe can rig the elections, but not the economy”, “Where is $15 billion?” “Stay away from Bulawayo municipality” and “Kasukuwere hands off from Egodini project.”

They also sang songs calling for Mugabe to “go back to Zvimba” while others praised MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, who is recuperating at a South African hospital after undergoing an unspecified medical procedure.

Bhebhe said it was pleasing that the people had overwhelmingly responded to the demonstration in order to tell Mugabe that it was time he quits power to allow for a younger leader.

“If people demonstrate to say someone who is 92 must continue to rule, it does not make sense,” Bhebhe said.

“We saw some people celebrating on Wednesday that they have no jobs and are suffering.

“Zanu PF youth were saying they are celebrating Mugabe. But they were bidding Mugabe farewell.”

Moyo commended the protestors for remaining disciplined throughout the demonstration, saying it was clear that the MDC-T was getting ready to rule Zimbabwe peacefully.

“This shows that Bulawayo is MDC-T and many people in Zimbabwe are MDC-T. I have no doubt that come 2018 elections, we will be victorious,” Moyo said.

Khupe told the MDC-T supporters that Tsvangirai had recovered and they were eagerly waiting to see him come to join the struggle.

She said yesterday’s demonstration was also against the introduction of bond notes as announced by the government as this was tantamount to bringing back the much-loathed Zimdollar.

She said Zanu PF was acting against itself by opposing what the people wanted and accused the ruling party of letting $15 billion diamonds revenue disappear under its nose.

“As I speak, people are queuing trying to get their money from banks. Through this march, Zimbabwe is saying no to bond notes. Zanu PF must create an environment which will see people going back to work,” Khupe said.

She said Zimbabwe was turning into a failed state as the majority of its people were surviving on less than $2 a day.

Mliswa, who was introduced by Mwonzora, said he joined the protest because MDC-T was demonstrating against the “stolen” $15 billion.

Mwonzora said the presence of Mliswa showed that Zanu PF was finished.

“God is showing us that Zanu PF is finished. Mliswa who used to support them has left them,” he said.

Last month MDC-T also held another demonstration against Mugabe in Harare that drew thousands of people.

20 Responses to Thousands march against Mugabe

  1. Mindloz May 29, 2016 at 8:42 am #

    Viva MDC. Viva Bulawayo. lf thousands of people voluntarily gather without being forced and also under fear it tells you of a powerful Democratic party. Remember these were only people from byo not the whole country. Remember they were not bused by force in school buses. Remember the venders were not forced to close their stalls and forced to attend. What if it was a national march like the ZANU pf one. What if there was support of the government resources and institutions like the ZANU one with free school transport? What numbers were we going to see.

  2. John Mapika May 29, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    Kkkkkkkk since it’s an opposition March you put it as thousands whilst for ZANU PF it was few people who marched. Shame on you.

    • kennus May 29, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

      Shut up.can’t you see the pictures.you know mdc owns the urban electorate.asi watumwa?

      • Jonas May 29, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

        Shut5..you cannot compare this drop to Zanu Sea of People..just can’t

        • zanu yamamira futi May 29, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

          idiot zanu pf, its time you die

      • steven May 30, 2016 at 10:16 am #

        jonh mapika your an idiot

  3. MAN KENYA May 29, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    Whoever perfected the art of marching and demonstrations to prove political mastery in the country missed the point. At this point in time, Zimbabweans require services more than ever from the govt and checks and balances from the opposition to guarantee accountability. Political hostility and outwitting will never place a plate of food on the table.

  4. Icho May 29, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    THE 10 POINT MARCH:- Next time ZIMBABWEANS should march against 1. POLITICAL VIOLENCE (we all deserve to live in Zimbabwe because we are Zimbabweans, whether I drink “Chibuku”, “Chibatayi Munhu”, “Castle” or “Hot Stuff”, 2. The DISCRIMINATE APPLICATION OF THE LAW (in favor of particular party affiliation), 3. ELECTORAL REFORM (free and fair elections without the involvement of the army, the police and the State Securities and equal opportunity to all parties to sell their manifesto on the public broadcaster), 4. The AUDITING of all ministries & other key bodies and the eventual arrest of all those found guilty of misusing public funds, 5. CORRUPTION, even that of THE POWERS THAT BE (NO ONE SHOULD BE ABOVE THE LAW), 6. THE UNEQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES IN THE COUNTRY (some areas IN THE NORTH are more prioritised and developed than others), 7. POLICIES WHICH DO NOT FAVOR INVESTMENT, 8. The none payment of war vets’ remunerations, etc (they are our HEROES and they deserve it, BUT THEY SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY), 9, THE EROSION OF OUR CULTURAL VALUES AS A RESULT OF RELAXED LEGISLATIONS and other such (drug abuse is in the increase, the family institution is slowly becoming a thing of the past) plus egocentricism on the part of legislators, 10. THE POOR ECONOMY AND THE HIGH RATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT (THOUSANDS OF GRADUATES are unemployed and bread winners are continuously being fired – THIS HAS RESULTED IN DESPERATE “ACTS” BEING DONE FOR SURVIVAL – e.g., the Kuwait human trafficking & PROSTITUION).

  5. Musona May 29, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    “Moyo commended the protestors for remaining disciplined throughout the demonstration, saying it was clear that the MDC-T was getting ready to rule Zimbabwe peacefully” – nonsense – MDC-T has been unready since 1999. Tsvangirai was happy MDC-T did not go into go into government alone in 2008 because they would have made a mess of the economy Tsvangirai said. Tsvangirai said that MDC-T needed an apprenticeship on how to run the country under Mugabe’s mentorship believe it or not.

  6. Predator May 29, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

    People like Mapika will keep on singing praise and comical songs up to the last hour even if their ship is sinking because it’s inappropriate for man to cry.The trueth will always ascertain its existence inspite of the resistance put by those who are annoyed, ashamed and selfish.

  7. wizkid May 29, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

    Wow that’s awesome.Handifungi kuti pane akamanikidzwa kuuya seZanu plus this is Boy only.Kkkkkk ZANU yafa kuti fiiiii

  8. Chenjerai May 30, 2016 at 12:12 am #

    Mliswa is a Zanu PF agent. MDC-T beware. Ignore this at your party’s and the people’s risk if that suits you.

  9. Zigbabwe May 30, 2016 at 3:25 am #

    Robert Mugabe is a hero. His actions are the reason black men in great Zimbabwe are free from the shackles of the white man. You ungrateful Imperialist slaves should be ashamed. Who needs money when you have freedom.

    • SUZI May 31, 2016 at 1:34 am #

      zigbabwe you truly are an idiott…you have been listening to Mugabe for so long blah blah…the average person only wants to work and pay for ther family..i am a white and trust me when I say this..oh yes and I went to school in Rhodesia…but like many people black and white we love Zimbabwe…and we know that zim we never be a colony again Mugabe has been say that for 32 years…don’t you want someone younger with new ideas..i live in the states now..what is your take home pay after taxes I earn $4000.00 pm I have medical insurance and I pay into insrance so when I leave work..i don’t have to ever worry about money..again..i have just bought my first house, it has a swimming pool 3 bedroomed and 2 bathrooms I have a 10 acre property..so who has freedom now…what do you make $1.00 a day… shame on you for voting on such an old old man…his ideas are the same as they were when he came into power…

    • john moyo May 31, 2016 at 6:46 pm #

      You mean ZERO …not hero?

  10. bodo May 30, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    viva mdc we are here to support yu

  11. Tete Va Viola Ngwena May 30, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    MDC we know you impounded school buses and closed markets and forced ordinary people to attend your march.

  12. Lutendo May 30, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    Hats off to Bulawayo for standing up for your rights!

  13. jj.sabhuku May 30, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

    ? ? Bulawayo we salute yuuuu

  14. john moyo May 31, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

    Real constructive cadres of the REVOLUTION. Icho!

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