Mugabe govt resembles colonial regime: Dabengwa

The late ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa

ZAPU leader, Dumiso Dabengwa, has accused President Robert Mugabe of behaving like the former colonial regime and was now seeking to create a monarchy to run government business, after the veteran leader vowed to cling on to power at 93 years.


ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa
ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa

Addressing a public meeting at MacDonald Hall in Mzilikazi, Bulawayo on Saturday, Dabengwa likened the behaviour of the Zanu PF government to the colonial regime, which forced oppressed Zimbabweans to take up arms and fight for their liberation.

“It is disappointing that so many years after that awakening to the importance of the right to choose and fire our leaders, we have a post-independence culture in which a desperate regime is in power and clinging to it by any means, including the manipulation and outright violation of our sovereign right to choose and change governments,” he said.

Mugabe, who celebrated his 93rd birthday in Matobo on Saturday, has vowed to cling on to power arguing Zanu PF, and the country, have not yet identified a suitable candidate to succeed him.

“In that sense we are back where we started, fighting for the right to have free and fair elections in which all people of voting age exercise their right to vote in peace and expect their vote to count. We did not fight in order to instal particular leaders or dynasties or chosen successors,” Dabengwa said.

The former Zipra intelligence supremo said the unequivocal and simple desire was to have accountability in leaders, so that they could be relied on to carry out the wishes and aspirations of the people and be judged through free and fair elections on their record in power.

“A mere 36 years after independence, we have a strange situation, where power is the watchword and the ruling regime even debates if the country can produce any capable leaders among the population, who are worthy of contending to carry out their wishes,” he quipped.

“The colonial and racist system that prevailed before independence was, first and foremost, built on limited rights for blacks, whereas we called for the respect for human rights and all the freedoms that come with those rights.”

Dabengwa said this included removal of the complex laws, practices and institutions that had been built to protect repressive and restrictive government, which thrived on rewarding selected parts of the population and protecting their property. He said such a repressive system does not know colour and has been duly retained in its letter and spirit by the Zanu PF regime despite the adoption of a new Constitution in 2013.

“Zapu campaigned for the inclusion of devolution of power in the new Constitution and believes that this is the most effective way for people in various parts of the country to deal with their priorities and use resources effectively,” Dabengwa said.

“The de-industrialisation and asset-stripping of Bulawayo is understandably a very sore point here where many of you grew up. Everywhere you go in the city, there are monuments of decay, where we had heavy industry and a thriving manufacturing sector,” he said.


  1. So what are we saying here? is there need to take up arms and stay in the bush again Mr Dabengwa because for real Mugabe does not want anyone else to rule Zimbabwe. Even those he once used have seen the light. Chinhu one chisingazivikanzwi naMugabe ndechekuti Zimbabwean Constitution haitauri zvokuti kana President akafa First Lady anoita take over. His wife is creating more enemies than friends, the Chiluba way such that even a Zanu PF successor will arrest his kith and kin.

  2. Hanzi navaMunangagwa kune vatongi nevatongwi. Imi vaDabengwa nesu shuro dzomubhuku tiri vatongwi. Rega vane masimba vambotonga but one day the people will win. The colonizers ruled us all the way from 1896 up to 1980, that’s about 84 long and painful years!

  3. I sent a comment earlier guys and you seem not to like that. for me baba dabengwa has disappointed me, just like mujuru and sibanda jabulani. these guys have always been knowing what Mugabe does and yet when they leave with all the ammunition to hit him they become powerless. these guys instead come in to fight Tsvangirai who is saying nothing about them. the man who has fought Mugabe fearlessly more than any other. remember baba dabengwa once said he blocked Tsvangirai from winning an election and now he is complaining about what he created or supported. baba and the rest of you please come out loud and clear on how Mugabe has been able to keep our heads down. why is it like you are scared that saying more than what you are saying will make you lose your wrongly gained “things” from zanu.

    • Iwe “S” mukobvu, being against Mugabe doesn’t make Tsvangirai the natural alternative. Isu vamwe hatimude, just like we don’t like Mugabe wacho.

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