Man on hunger strike to force Mugabe out


A Harare fitness trainer has gone on hunger strike to push President Robert Mugabe to either resign or address the ever-deteriorating economic situation in the country, as protests against the 92-year old leader grow.

by Everson Mushava

Edson Munatsi (37) quit his fitness training job on Monday to stay in the streets on a hunger strike meant to force Mugabe heed calls for him to quit to save the country from total collapse.

Munatsi produced a series of pictures and videos before he moved to his new home between Harare’s First Street and Samora Machel Avenue.
“I will be here (in the street) until they (Zanu PF) come to take my corpse away if they do not heed the people’s calls,” he told NewsDay yesterday.

“Whatever is happening in Zimbabwe right now has to stop, we say no to corruption, police brutality, unemployment and a decaying economy. Lives for three to four generations have been ruined by Zanu PF officials who are concerned only about their lives.

“It’s three days now, I have lost some weight, but I have the strength to go on.”

The fitness trainer said he had been struggling since he finished school in 1997 and had to leave the country for Botswana seeking greener pastures, but lost all his savings upon his return in 2012 after failing to get meaningful employment.

Munatsi said no one influenced or sponsored him to go on hunger strike.

“The greatest sacrifice a man can make is to sacrifice his own life. I have declared myself homeless, surviving only on water or I will starve myself to death until President Robert Mugabe gives me an audience and stops ignoring his people,” he said.

Munatsi said he was not afraid of possible harassment by state security agents.

“Great men once said true courage is the ability to do what is right even in the presence of fear. Fear will not force me to back down. Numerous activists have disappeared and more are going to be abused by the system, but that will not deter me. I will die, yes, but my ideas will not die. People want change, they are struggling,” he said.

In one of the videos, Munatsi warns Mugabe that he risked destroying his legacy unless he addresses people’s concerns.

One of the pictures is captioned: “We have only asked for bread and yet all they give us are stones,” while another one reads: “our children will ask us: where were you when the nation was being torn to pieces?”


  1. Quickly find yourself something to eat my friend. It could have been different if u were doing that in America maybe. Here we wont give a damn. Didnt u hear one bald headed fellow saying we cant reform ourselves out of power. Get food and strength to run away from teargas.

  2. Kana iri iyo nzira yamafunga kutora yakusadya motoshinga mdara, we will always remember you and the History you are about to make by sacrificing your own life the good of the nation, zvakangofanana nevarwi verusununguko vakafira kuhondo. That is so brave of you. Brave on brother, the struggle continues

  3. Dear Brother Edson,while I fully appreciate what you are trying to achieve,I honestly think that it is not the right strategy at the moment.ZANU PF is made up of insensitive monsters who would not care less about your or anybody else’s lives but theirs.My suggestion is, ‘talk’ to the monster in the language it understands.So eat up brother,be very strong-physically and mentally, and confront the monster muscle for muscle.See you in the trenches brother!

  4. “the fire that lights up a mountain begins with one stick ” guys let me remind you of what happened in Egypt , that uprising which took place in Egypt was actually as a result of one man who burnt himself in beater expression of the existing economic hardships and on the day he was declared dead everyone took to the streets , demanding for the presidential ear to listen to the citizens ‘s demands . so i think this man is right because he is now known county wide and the day he dies will actually spark some fire. I TELL YOU.

  5. Ndati ukaita zvenzara usiri kwaMwari hazvishandi. Prayer AND FASTING ndiyo inoita kuti naMwari wese anotopindirawo change yaunoda yovuya

  6. Whether going for 40 days and 40 nights without food, the corrupt politicians do not care. You can die brother, do you think they will lose sleep?
    What these corrupt politicians do not know is, the ill gotten wealth they are piling up shall be grabbed either by current or future generation the same way they did to the whites.
    POLITICS IS A DIRTY GAME. Anything can happen. Look at Saddam, Gaddaffi, Mobutu sese seko, Mubarak, Kabila etc.

  7. Do whatever it takes to get the response you require. There is more than one way of getting the results we want. However ignorant and evil they are to the cause, something will give eventually. When a man has made a decision to leave his house and starve himself, you have to appreciate the sacrifice. The key word is sacrifice. Do whatever you can to get that which you need to get. I commend my brother. And may there be many more people that will realise that it’s sacrifice, in whatever form that will bring us glory. God Bless Edson Munatsi. May the victory be soon, swift and real.

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