Mawarire’s #ThisFlag rattles Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe yesterday used the burial of his former chief secretary, Charles Utete, to berate #ThisFlag movement leader, Evan Mawarire, and accuse him of receiving foreign funding to cause unrest in the country, a clear indicator the pastor’s campaigns have rattled him.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

President R.G Mugabe
President R.G Mugabe

Mugabe said Mawarire — who has led peaceful protests against corruption, poverty and abuse of office by senior government officials — and those who chose to follow him should leave the country.

“The Mawarires, I don’t even know him, and those who believe in that way of living, well, are not part of us in thinking. They are not part of us as we try to live together,” the veteran leader said.

“If they don’t want to live with us, they should go to those countries sponsoring them. We will say no, forever.”
Mugabe questioned Mawarire’s authenticity as a man of the cloth.

“Find another environment if you are a pastor, I don’t know if he is a man of religion. A man of religion will speak the biblical truth. First Corinthians, what does it say? Love one another,” he said.

“So beware these men of God, not all of them are true preachers of the Bible. I don’t know whether they are serving God, well, we spell God, G-O-D, they spell God in reverse. You cannot urge people to resort to violence as a way of resolving issues.”

Mawarire was arrested and hauled before the courts last week after leading a complete shutdown of the country in the prior week, demanding Mugabe acts against errant ministers and finds solutions to the country’s deteriorating socio-economic and political environment.

However, provincial magistrate Vakai Chikwekwe dismissed the case, accusing the State of failing to put its house in order, freeing Mawarire on an emotive day that saw more than 5 000 people from all walks of life stage a vigil outside the courthouse.

On Monday, Mawarire, in an interview with CNBCA Africa, said Mugabe was to blame for the rot in government, defiantly calling for “peaceful protests to hold our government to account”.

“We have tried to follow procedure, but how long have we done that and getting zero results? Proper procedures themselves are corrupt. You have government ministers owning properties and businesses that cannot be explained in terms of value. The Head of State (Mugabe) has to take action,” he said.

Asked on his position regarding Mugabe and his seemingly soft approach in dealing with the veteran Zanu PF leader, Mawarire retorted: “This campaign is not an attack (on Mugabe). We are a legitimate voice of citizens that there is to tell our government that enough is enough. Our concern with government includes the Head of State and his appointments concerning these issues. He is as much responsible for what happens in government as anyone in the administration.”

Mawarire also moved to quell rumours that he was preparing for a political career.

“Zimbabweans have to realise that this flag is in their hearts, not in Mawarire. I think already we are in politics. I am not going to be a politician; I have to remain a citizen because this is where our power and our strength lie,” he said.

Meanwhile, a visibly tired Mugabe yawned through his speech during the burial of Utete at the national heroes’ acre.
Less than 24 hours after attending the African Union summit in Rwanda the previous day, Mugabe looked jaded as he walked up the long aisle at the National Heroes’ Acre amid whistling, ululating and chants of “Gushungo, Gushungo” from the crowd.

At one point a limping Mugabe, hands thrust firmly behind his back, struggled to drag his legs and one foot appeared to get stuck in the red carpet.

The civil service came to a standstill, as buses carrying government employees to work in the morning were reportedly commandeered to the national shrine over fears the crowd “would not be large enough for the President to address”.

Mbare Musika and its environs, including the popular Mupedzanhamo — usually a hive of activity and bustling market stalls — were also forced to shut down, as traders were ordered to attend Utete’s burial.

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54 Comments

  1. Lol, did the gov. Really #shutdownzim?

    1. In any nation, citizens have the right to protest at govt policies and such protests come in various forms- so the question is what sort of protests does the President accept? In other parts of the world he would not be given a chance to utter such stupid remarks.

  2. Theres clearly no hope of Mugabe ever providing solutions to Zim’s problems with such a wild archaic mentality

    1. cde chibondcoin

      kkkk so much i thought ab

  3. Mr Mugabe has no right to call for native Zimbabweans to leave the country. He has not refuted allegations that he originates from Malawi. His narcissistic treatment of Zimbabweans clearly bears out the argument that he is a foreigner. Zimbabweans including Mawarire will not stop being Zimbabweans because a 92 young fossil says so. No. Never!

  4. Zvenhando Tichagara

    after watching this Mawarire guy on SA news channels, i now strongly think he is a zanu pf project.

    1. Ndiwe muZanupf iwewe hiding behind sheeps cloth. Do not pretend hazvina basa. We love Mawarire, we love #thisflag no matter what you say. He is standing for people’s rights that is what we want about him.

  5. Why is Mugabe mumbling, why can’t he be precise in proving kuti Mawarire akaitei?????. Kaharawa akokavekupenga. Vanhu varikutokanyara. Very soon they will dislodge him. He has proven kuti he knows we are not happy. What a selfish granny. So naive.

  6. Mr President you are 100% correct,which Bible is Mawarire quoting?God hates laziness and why is this pastor promoting idleness by inciting us to stayaway,and stay away yacho unoda kuitira ani YET almost everyone is now into informal trade?VaMugabe vakatidzidzisa kuzvishandira.

    1. he is quoting the book of job…..wherefore do the wicked live to grow mighty and powerful and become rich yet they are bad very wicked…….that is one of the scriptures

    2. He is quoting the Holy Bible. People are being oppressed in their own country. Check the following verses:
      “……defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31v9-NIV). “…….defend the cause of the oppressed and needy.”(Proverbs 31 v 9 – HCSB). “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed” (Psalm 82 v 3 – NIV).

  7. oh how l wish l was Mawarire, being deported from Zim to the west would be a great honour at the moment, a real dream come true

  8. The #Shatdown Zimbabwe 2016 failed . You can see how it was planned from ZA. Even though it failed , This so called Pastor was given one interview after another on ENCA TV, SABCTV, CNBCA and a couple other Radio Stations .

    I am sure by now he has the school Fees he wanted and he will claim his part is finished and it’s now up to all of us to find solutions . CNBCA even gave the bugger a whole studio to record messages for social media!

    1. Hauna brain….

  9. mgobhozi wezintabeni

    Unfortunately Mr President, most people don’t have access to public funds to loot, built mansions in foreign lands,to be flown and treated at the most expensive private clinics in foreign lands while the majority fail to access even pain killers in local clinics,let alone to have a plate of isitshwala and vegetables.It is against this reason that ordinary citizens are pouring in the streets to send a loud and clear message that your governing party is failing to provide basic public goods and services.The people are simple saying to your party Please deliver!!!!!!!!

  10. Cde president God is spelt as G.O.D. and not ggod as you spelt it yesterday. You start with a G and not double g. Seems age has really caught up with you.

  11. This man is really clueless.. You Zanu gangsters who have a repressive and oppressive mentality should get out of this country. The handwriting is on the wall

  12. mgobhozi wezintabeni

    Unfortunately Mr President,these demonstrations are likely to be the permanent feature of the country’s politics.People are simply demanding basic public goods and services which the government is obligated to provide by the country’s supreme law.The people are neither seeking plenty of money to built mansions nor to seek medical attention at the most expensive private clinics in foreign lands. As long as the country’s highest political authority continues to be in a state of denial,the country’s economic woos would remain unresolved forever.

  13. Mutoriti, which category of ZANU (PF) do you belong to? We know it has only three. 1. Looters 2. Murderers 3. Dull minded.

    1. I think he belongs to the Dull Minded. These are the poorest of all people and yet they keep on shouting zanupf. These are just helpless, you cant help them. Let them die in abject poverty.

      1. Mastupids nxa

  14. mutoriti you conveniently leave zve violence zvakataurwa na president wako coz you know he was lying. Mawarire has always spoken against violence yet he was being labelled as the instigator of violent protests! I urge the old man to watch the videos by Mawarire than to read intelligence reports that are obviously doctored. Had he watched he would have chosen another line of attack. I always wondered why war veterans always say the old man is being misled now I know! He relies heavily on other people’s words than checking the reality on the ground. Something is brewing in the ruling party isu tinongotarisa zvedu

  15. With all due respect to Mr. Mugabe, why does the President think he is first in everything? He thinks he is the number one:
    1. Politician
    2. Farmer
    3. Christian
    4. Economist
    5. War veteran
    6. Citizen
    7. President

    He does not want anyone with a divergent view, even if it looks better in the circumstances. Please President, don’t become a little god in yourself. Ask yourself why these things are happening that never happened in the eighties. Bvumaiwo kutsiurwa vakuru. Leadership does not mean becoming a lord and owning people. It’s a responsibility to make sure that rights of the people, especially the poorest, are realized.

    1. @gunguwo. thanks for the list. you forgot those degrees in violence

  16. Pharaoh never allowed Israelites to go free but he was forced through presssure from above. The same fate awaits Bob and he will soon be humiliated. Everywhere else ruthless dictators are forced out!

  17. This is a tired old man speaking, this man has failed us and must address the issues facing us Zimbabweans.
    He is attacking the gud pastor for telling the truth and exposing him.
    Why dznt he address the issues raised ? Such as corruption, unemployment, human rights abuses, poverty . deep down Roberto knows he is wrong. He must go and give this great nation a chance. Arise Zimbabwe, arise!!!!

  18. The President is now clueless and the only way to go about it is to blame others.He is not even giving us a solution to the many problems that we have.Mawarire actually spoke on behalf of millions of people like me Mr President and you should take heed of what he said.We are now tired of you its better you step down now!

  19. Ggushungo ggod’s ggreat! Reggime changge’s ggreat!

  20. The thieves, fraudsters, murderers and looters in Zanu PF are the ones who should leave the country not their victims, mr failed president. Why is he quiet on that? What is he doing to create the 2 million jobs he promised his naive flock?

  21. What Western involvement is required to demand basic services and humane lifestyle? The people are simply requesting what is rightfully their’s, no more no less. Their needs prevail above everything else. President Mugabe has to accept liability and rise to the occasion. Ironically, they are planning a protest to legitimize their failure. Clueless and laughable to say the least!

  22. I agree with most comments here. Mugabe has failed , in fact he has disgraced us all. He shld use his position to make things ryte, instead of believing he is a God and blaming someone else. To me he has never bn a gud leader….anodi kutarisa zvirikutaurwa nevanhu. He shld listen just this once. His time has come..

  23. Wezhira wezhara

    I blame it on most fools who vote for muNyasarandi uyu. He is not Zimbabwean and should be deposed by way of coup. Chete masoja atinawo imbavha uye vakadzi vake. They protect ill gotten wealth.

  24. cde chibondcoin

    kkkkkk our president i never thought he could be easily made look dumb with #thisflag movement pressure is mounting

  25. sei sei madhara angu. Ndisvitsireiwo shoko kuna minister wema roads, transport and chii chii chii kutii haaaa tabhoo nema pot hole. Mamwe akutoita kunge ma dam aripakati pe road because ku side woo uku pipe yemvura inenge ya burster. One love madhara angu

  26. Mugabe end Mujuru there are some don’t misleading people

  27. Shoko revana veZimbabwe rasvika kuState cave

  28. Mr gushungo this country is not called gushungo it`s zimbabwe and it`s belongs to every zimbabwen by birth you tell us to leave our mother land and the graves of our forefathers lays here whom are you to tell us to leave our country if we do not listen and abide to you waakufarisa hauna kuzvivhotera iwe kuti upinde ipapo takakuvhotera kuti utitungamirire nekunzwa zvichemo zvedu saka usa zvimbise musoro uchafa nyika uchiisiya .instead to adress the nation about the economic and way forward you are busy attaking mwanana kwauri haunyari murume mukuru munhu wa president to copper chii kwamuri kana muchiita izvi imi vanhu vakuru .manje makajaidzvwa imi ndimi munototisiya munyika medu kana musingateereri our voice isu takakuisai pachigaro ichocho makavhundutsira madzibaba edu isu kwete hatityiswe nemunhu atakavhotera ,mugabe come to us and adress mamirire izvinhu.

  29. This geriatric RGM thinks he owns this country and its people. Who is us? Hunzi Mawarire is not part of us in our thinking. what way of thinking? selfish looting, cruelty, murder, eeeeish. we really have a big problem in our hands. this old man!

  30. Mugabe kutora Zimbabwe kuita purazi rake. Hehehedeee. Vana veZimbabwe varamba!!!!

  31. Mugabe should publicly apologise for failing this nation and withdraw his Statement. Otherwise mo chimoto kwaari gore rino. TANETA HATICHADA ENDE HATICHATYA

  32. This regime has been failing to provide basic needs to its citizens since independence and yet they accuse people of violence.Violence has always been the hallmark of Zanu pf and it is well documented.People were only exercising one of their fundamental rights as enshrined in the Zimbabwean constitution by demonstrating against a regime devoid of ideas on how to save our beloved country from total collapse.Only lunatics will trust their children’s future to a 92 year old granny.

  33. If you Mugabe ask all of us to leave when we politely request you to make way for real Zimbabweans to revive our economy, then who will remain in Zimbabwe with you?
    haunyari kupopotedzana nemwna mudiki akaita sa Mawarire?

  34. Why does Mugabe think he can tell other citizens top leave the country? Why doesn’t he go himself?

  35. i could see that coming, Mukuru is clueless, and benumbed, he doesn’t care about the people, and surely it should be clear to all the citizens that we haven’t attained a level of suffering worthy to attract his mercy to action, that’s why he still pulls out that same old mantra “we used to suffer in the struggle” until he sees blood and bones i swear he wont react an inch……

  36. he hu cares abt mawarire is lost juss like the pastor .he is crazy

  37. Someone lied to the President. Its evident from his words that he was given wrong information. Mawarire never advocated for violence. All he asked was accountability on the part of the government and urged all Zimbabweans to be peaceful in airing out their grievances

  38. How ironic for Mugabe to tell Mawarire to leave Zimbabwe when it is the Comrade President who should go..please Robert go together with the ‘First’ Family, we promise we will not come after you guys.

    1. just as Micheal responded I am amazed that any body able to get paid $4334 in 4 weeks on the internet
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  39. clueless, clueless, clueless, clueless, clueless, clueless, clueless x 1000 !!!!

  40. kutonga nyika nekutora nyika zvinhu two zvakasiyana. Varume ava vakagona kutora nyika asi kutonga VATADZA!!!!

  41. @ Mutoriti- you are so ignorant zvinorwadza. Unowomera kufunga and you are like nhunzi patsvina.
    Psalm 82:3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
    Pro 31:9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. I should ask which bible u and gushungo are reading.

  42. The word of God should not be used for personal advantage when the table is about to be turned the other way.Whilst there is first Corinthians let’s not forget there is also Exodus 21:24 ,Leviticus 24: 20, Deuteronomy 19:21 and the only way we may convince others which verse to keep at heart and put to use is the way we treat them.

  43. My first job out of High School was at St Paul and over the next 5 years Iearned so very much. Seeing the hospital torn down tears a small piece of my heart out. The Daughters of Charity and the doctors and staff of St Paul Hospital will always be with me……
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  44. Chimboonai mavideo Gushungo musati mamira pamberi pevanhu muchitaura zvamusingazive. Too bad old age is catching up, just do us a favour – step down and rest!!! Akomana 92years hadzisi dzekutamba nadzo

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