Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) leader Joice Mujuru yesterday declared her support for the move taken by war veterans to withdraw their support for President Robert Mugabe, saying it was long overdue.
By Jairos Saunyama
Addressing a record crowd at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera, Mujuru said the former freedom fighters had seen the light and there was now need for unity in the fight against Mugabe and Zanu PF.
“I am happy with what the others did. The puppies do not open their eyes on the same day after birth,” she said.
“What is left is to do good. The people will forgive. We are the comrades, we are the war veterans and we are saying the old man is no longer fit to lead us.”
ZimPF elder Rugare Gumbo said social movements that were emerging in the country should be supported as people had suffered enough.
“I heard them saying there is a third force, yes it is there. The third force is hunger. The people are hungry. It is not about the Americans or the French. Are the people of Zimbabwe so dull not to know that? It is clear this is propaganda,” he said.
“What is wrong with regime change? Mugabe must go democratically. We need regime change like yesterday. To remove this, we need a united front. We need to support the likes of Sten Zvorwadza, #Tajamuka and #ThisFlag among others. Do not fear anything. These [social movements] happened in Chile and China and it worked.”
Notable people who attended the fully subscribed Mashonaland East rally included Margret Dongo, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, Didymus Mutasa, Dzikamai Mavhaire and Luckmore Kandemiri, among others.
Mujuru was kicked out of Zanu PF by a faction that was linked to war veterans at the time.