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Mugabe fears ouster, gives chilling warning

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday lashed out at the country’s judges for allowing demonstrations against his government by opposition parties and pro-democracy groups, saying there was a broader plot to topple liberation movements in the region.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

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The 92-year-old leader spoke in the wake of intensifying protests against his rule and claimed the opposition had been given huge sums of money to destabilise his government.

Mugabe, fresh from a secretive trip to Dubai, was addressing Zanu PF youth league national assembly meeting in Harare where he issued a chilling warning against judges that allow citizens to exercise their rights to protest against the government.

Mugabe’s rant came two days after police banned all demonstrations in the capital through Statutory Instrument 101a of 2016 issued by officer commanding Harare central district chief superintendent Newbert Saunyama, which the opposition parties are now challenging in the courts.

“We are happy that you [Zanu PF youths] have managed to restrain yourselves in the face of real provocation by the so-called protesters who have committed acts of violence,” he said.

“We can’t allow that to continue unimpeded. Enough is enough.

“I would want to say, we all as people of Zimbabwe, have a duty and obligation to ensure that there is peace,” Mugabe added, warning protesters against destruction of property.

Mugabe then launched a tirade against judges for passing judgments that allow protesters to proceed with demonstrations in the face of sanctions.

“Our courts and judges should understand it even better. They dare not be negligent in their decisions as requests are made by people who would want to demonstrate.

“Surely, they can take note of the fact that the mission is clear and deliberate towards causing violence,” he said.

“Four or two days ago there was violence and to grant permissions again thereafter when there is a probability of violence, is to pay reckless regard to the tenet of peace in the country. We hope they have learnt their lesson.”

Mugabe added that the country’s opposition,using funds from Western governments, was on a “destabilisation mood”.

“They want to make the country ungovernable. They want to push their undemocratic agenda to remove a constitutionally elected government.

“They want elections now but what’s wrong with 2018 when they are due?

“Even if they were to be held now, would they win?” Mugabe.

The veteran ruler claimed there was a broad opposition agenda funded by the west to destabilise southern Africa, “especially countries governed by former liberation movements”.

“Their masters are providing huge sums of cash to provoke conflict and instability in the region,” he said.

“Their aim is to replace liberation movements with pliant puppet regimes that pander to their needs because they have realised our people-oriented policies are a threat to their economic interests.

“The Zanu PF government will not be derailed by sideshows being pushed by spineless opposition parties. They have failed in the past 36 years.”

Zanu PF Youth League National Commissar Innocent Hamandishe in his address to Mugabe as part of a thematic committee on the state of the country had indicated the ruling party would crush future demonstrations.

“We have noted with concern the recent demonstrations and want to tell you that no protests will succeed in removing you from power,” he said.

“We, as the youth league, are now on standby and next time there is any such demonstration, we will take the law into our own hands to defend the party.”

At the turn of the century when opposition to his rule grew and the country’s judges passed adverse rulings against his party, in particular, the violent land expropriation, Mugabe used the same tactic, including war veterans who stormed the courts.

The move caused chaos within the judiciary, leading to the resignation and forced removal of respected judges at the time.

31 Responses to Mugabe fears ouster, gives chilling warning

  1. FromTheHip September 4, 2016 at 6:20 am #

    I am convinced more than ever before that this man represents evil. Whatever good he may have done in his distant past, we can now expect nothing less from him, going forward. For whatever reason, he has apparently become a lost cause.

    • maita September 5, 2016 at 10:48 am #

      I don’t think he did anything good he just rode on the goodness of people.

  2. Gushungo September 4, 2016 at 7:47 am #

    How are Zimbabweans benefitting from your endless personal trips to Dubai? 2018 wei futi handiti wakati nyika haiende nepenzura here… Unokanganwa nhai!!! Careless talk by you and your army Generals has led to a violent Zimbabwe. Iyezvino wakaudza vanhu kuti vakabirwa $15bln whilst you were enjoying a siesta…truly speaking you don’t except them to give you flowers particularly after you have done nothing about it.Truly speaking Zimbabweans are suffering but you don’t see it because you will be busy in Dubai buying condoms.

  3. Lloyd Bveketu September 4, 2016 at 9:12 am #

    Gushungo vari kuseri kwekumberi. Tsvangirai mukana akaupiwa hoyo mata mata nekumbeya achifukura vakadzi. Mujuru vo rake zano kutsvaka vanomufukura zvaajaira. Saka gushungo ndokuti chibaba. Vanogwadziwa iri sei miviri yenyu. Kkkkkk kkkkkk

    • viva September 4, 2016 at 10:29 am #

      why is it when one supports zanu they use kidneys for thinking

    • mboko i mboko September 4, 2016 at 11:05 am #

      Lloyd hauna brain

    • W Tsura September 4, 2016 at 8:28 pm #

      kkkkkkkk. Buying condoms in Dubai . Sekuru VaLLoyd

  4. Dopori September 4, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    Apo taikura taiwa nembwa yedu yainzi Zviringise. I only got to know the real literal meaning of this name and why my mother had decided to call our dog that name. The name simply means ‘self introspection’, in other words, before you begin to apportion blame on others, look yourself up in the mirror and admit your personal errors and weaknesses. If you don’t have the capacity and capability of doing that, then you live in perpetual denial for the rest of your life, no matter what good you always perceive yourself to be doing or trying to achieve. You end up blaming everyone.

    The other thing I learnt later in life through some workshop on business presentation was a term called ‘never stay for lunch’. What this statement means literally is that having done a wonderful presentation to your potential client or customer, don’t stay and have lunch with them at their offices because you run the risk of undoing the proposals that you would have presented to them, and they might even drop you and go for the second best presenter’s proposals. In other words leave the hot seat whilst people are still in suspense and let someone else take over. The more familiar term we are all used to is ‘don’t overstay your welcome’, and I shall not elaborate further.

    • Mhotsi September 4, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

      You’re point on record!

  5. mboko September 4, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    ana Lyod hamuna brain imi u use ur a** for reasoning. manje hatitatya handei tiwone why didn’t u ZANU thugs act when the country ws bought to a stand still on Fri?basa kungovundutsira manje apa tadzidza we’re now fighting fire wth fire we’ll see who wins.citizens or you thugs….#tajamuka/sesijikile

  6. MAN KENYA September 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    What has now outgrown to become a national headache has been born, bred and nurtured by Zimbabweans themselves. The entry of multipartism in the turn of the millennium should have persistenly been accompanied by what pluralism and democracy stand for. The moment the opposition lost the first multiparty election, they lost the required political morale to enforce real democracy while others shamelessly rejoined the same Zanu PF they were criticizing for selfish interests. Mugabe therefrom forcefully renewed his political might overstepping the Judiciary and the Legislature where now the term democracy just remains as paperwork. Lone Tsvangirai’s desperate attempts to instill democracy and participate in free and fair subsequent elections have highly been frustrated. What now appears to be renewed attempts to oust President Mugabe may be practically impossible because seems prepared, more than ever, to unleash terror to defend his legitimacy which, nevertheless, may sound constitutionally logical. Notwithstanding, failing to manage the economy and thwarting demonstration over the same, barring the necessary political and electoral reforms, involving the security forces in political activities, interfering with the independence of the courts, inserting liberation credentials threshold for a Presidential aspirant among many other socio-political ills is taking democracy too far. Meanwhile, how prepared is the opposition to embrace post-Mugabe Zimbabwe besides the rhetoric? Their role in the short-lived GNU period exposed them as people with no agenda. Temporary taste of power consumed them until they were caught offguard by their competitor in the subsequent 2013 general election. As it stands now, the current opposition is not the alternative govt unless it goes back to the drawing board and realigns itself. Let them unite for a cause at least in 2018 to bring political sanity and sort out everything else later. Having personally experienced broader and practical democracy in my motherland, I just sympathize with the suffering Zimbos and thank God that I was not born in Zimbabwe. All said and done, do not relent, change is knocking. Good luck!

  7. Diibulaanyika September 4, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    Now if any one does not see that this old guy is foolish and unpatriotic then that person”s skull must be full of sewage stuff . First of all a hungry man is an angry man zimbos are angry bcoz they can not stomarch the hunger any more and 2018 is like 100 years away .Police are the ones provoking peaceful demonstrators and the stupid old guy does not see all that . How many times has Mugabe gone against law and destroyed , taken properties from their rightful owners? Winning votes by intimidation burning down homes of those who do not support you is not being democratic elected instead that is fraud .If liberation movements are clumsy and abandon people will kick them out simple and they nothing wrong about that .

  8. Levi September 4, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    Zanu pf youth must understand that even if they support Zanu pf they can still demonstrate if they have grievances.
    The problem is whoever is employed to high position, he start to hurt ordinary citizen and begin to support the masters. Mugabe has bodyguards but you find everyone want to be Mugabe’s bodyguard.
    You people stop this and start working on developing the country.

  9. Zvichapera September 4, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    Truly, truly, I tell you from my remote village in Mudzi that, we are not here to prolong Mugabe and his ZANU PF thugs misrule. We are now concerned with the suffering of our people and not the very few who can charter planes to go to a hospital. Like Bismarck, the former Germany dictator had this to say, referring to the purpose of the meeting on the Balkan crisis of 1914, that ” We are not here to consider the happiness of the Bulgarians, but to secure the peace of Europe”. In this case, Robert Gabriel Mugabe should know that he is not all the people and he should go and hang with his stone age mentality that he is the only Zimbabwean worth of living. We are on a broader and inclusive agenda. Watch out!!!

  10. mgobhozi wezintabeni September 4, 2016 at 3:53 pm #

    These are highly intimidating remarks and contemptuous of the judiciary by the head of the country’s national executive.This is unconstitutional conduct which provides wrong signals to the international community with its negative consequences to foreign investing community.This unnecessary and reckless unconstitutional behaviour sounds sweet music to those who have an appetite for defy court judgements.

  11. Geo September 4, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

    @ MAN KENYA those are wise words; @ mgobhozi wezintabeni l agree with you

  12. Geo September 4, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

    @ Dopori you are brilliant. The trends are evident that when people are fed up they rise up check what has been happening in Gabon, Ethiopia, DRC. African leaders have a very big problem of over staying and when people protest they point the finger to the West as the sponsors-bull the west have got nothing to do with it at all. To all those who are standing up for their right to good governance etc l salute and its high time we all come together regardless of party affiliations and demand good govenance and accountability that way the leaders will remain on their feet and will not over stay. To all those zanu pf youths you are being used as PAWNS of the party, wake up.

  13. Jason mpala September 4, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

    Mugabe clearly does not understand what rule of law is all about He should stay clear of the judges

  14. Enock shoko September 4, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

    Hamandishe taking law to his hands. Opposition going to court to be granted corse of the law. Who is right here? Can our President allow lawlessness? Never ever

    • Sagitarr September 5, 2016 at 1:49 am #

      Whose president is he? He seems cosy enough being president of a pliant Zanu PF – the country is too big & complex for him to run so he ruins it instead. Huge disappointment.

  15. die shit September 4, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

    die old man die soon i will be happy and rejoice in your death

  16. Mombes September 4, 2016 at 9:22 pm #

    So RGM, your 40 year old Zanu “youths ” are allowed to take the law into their hands?

  17. peacelover September 4, 2016 at 10:13 pm #

    mugabe`s refusal to give up power, not even to his fellow zanus is nothing but great fear of his own deeds … the evil man committed all sorts of evilness against the nation.. from snatching one man`s wife to robbery, killing, gukurahundi the list goes on and on; he told his heart even if it means to rule from the wheelchair I will never retire ; many innocent souls where sacrificed to get to where he is today. the old man`s heart is solid than a granite rocky ;that’s why every moment he open his mouth nothing constructive comes out but threats and harmful words, to him power means life

  18. Wezhira wezhara September 5, 2016 at 1:17 pm #

    The only degree which Mugabe obtained on merit is for Violence. He does not understand the concept of separation of power with respect to The Executive; the Judiciary and Parliament.
    Idiot.

  19. Hunyany Umniati September 5, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

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  20. karanda September 6, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    This government has been run on private basis. Each minister Is accountable to himself not to the whole governing system. That Is why even when they mismanage, they are not brought to account. That Is why You hear statements like ” shooting an éléphant with a rekeni”. Which means thèse people Can do whatever they Will even breaking the Law and get away with it. And thèse are characteristics of an oppressive government. How Can a leader threaten people with unspecified punishments or action. Is there a fair rule of law

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  22. addybigman September 8, 2016 at 8:45 am #

    the police is protecting corruption cause they enjoy it. if there where hungry they could nt do that. police imbabva they are owning combis,taxis zvese ndezvavo out of corruption.

  23. anthony Mthombeni September 8, 2016 at 9:37 am #

    We have a national headache.
    Who employes a 65yr old.. Let alone a 93yr old to come to work??!!

  24. Chamusinganzwisise September 11, 2016 at 4:08 am #

    The old man is living in the 1980s when the Zimbos liked him. Unfortunately he has failed to move with times……
    Industrial Age is gone now we have Information /Digital Age. RGM and his ZANU pf gravy train are just another relic….another Dynosaur in th 21st Century
    It’s high time President u wake up n smell the coffee!!?

  25. Enough is Enough! September 11, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    Mugabe it doesn’t matter how much you screem and pontificate. this time you are going, and going the gadhafi way

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