THE opposition MDC-T has threatened to mount the “grandmaster of all demonstrations” in the coming weeks to force President Robert Mugabe to quit over his government’s failed economic policies.
BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA
MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu told NewsDay yesterday that the forthcoming demonstration was a follow-up to last week’s protest march, where party members clogged the capital’s central business district, demanding Zanu PF deliver on its election promises and end economic collapse.
“We staged a successful ‘mother of all demonstrations’ on April 14 and the toiling masses of Zimbabwe should now brace for the ‘grandmaster of all demonstrations’ that will be taking place soon. The moment for change has arrived. The people of Zimbabwe have had enough of the Zanu PF regime’s misrule, mismanagement, corruption and thievery,” he said.
“Zimbabweans, in their millions, are calling upon Mugabe to retire. Surely, he can spend some quality time watching his cows being milked at Gushungo Dairies, while he enjoys his retirement.
Anyone, who seriously thinks Mugabe, at 92, can manage to successfully turn around our economy is obviously living in a world of make believe.”
Since the 2013 elections, over 90% of the population is now believed to be in the informal sector, with starvation, cash shortages and unfavourable policies forcing most unemployed people to seek greener pastures in neighbouring countries.
Political analyst, Eldred Masunungure said, although pundits had ruled out Tsvangirai as washed up and no longer relevant, the thousands that turned up to support him proved he is still a key threat to Zanu PF.
“Many people ruled Tsvangirai out of the political scene and were already writing his obituary.
But, the demonstration proves beyond reasonable doubt that he is still a serious contender and has unsettled many in government and ruling party. The attendance and discipline from that large
number of people was a good performance,” he said.
“Tsvangirai is a serious threat and the attendance shows that the people of Zimbabwe still have someone to hang on. Some (from government and Zanu PF) maybe fraternising with Tsvangirai to show how rival supporters are poorly doing things and win favours with him. We cannot rule out this possibility as there are too many factions in Zanu PF.”
But Zanu PF has dismissed the MDC-T protests as “shrills from the graveyard”.