The Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai today said the million-man march organised by the youth league of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front yesterday to express its solidarity with 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe was a spectacular flop.
“A few thousand people, most of whom had been commandeered to travel to Harare to attend the puerile and utterly purposeless march, turned up for this non-event,” party spokesman Obert Gutu said in a statement. “In fact, the rented, whose main agenda was to massage the ego of a nonagenarian who has run down the former jewel of Africa. What a big yawn, the march was!”
Gutu said yesterday’s march was nothing compared to the "mother of all demonstrations" spearheaded by the MDC in Harare on April 14, 2016. He said no less than 20 000 people voluntarily took part in the historic march.
Mugabe yesterday told the opposition to go hang because he was not going to step down and would only do so if asked by members of his party to do so.
“ZANU-PF operates like a bandit commandist organization,” Gutu said. “For example, all vendors operating from Mbare Musika in Harare were forced and commandeered to participate in the spurious and fascist march that took place in Harare on May 25, 2016.The long- suffering people of Zimbabwe should resolutely refuse to pay homage to a brutal and totalitarian political system that has pauperised and traumatized them over the past 36 years. We say a very big NO to the ZANU- PF dictatorship! We should stand up for our rights and refuse to be intimidated and threatened by an illegitimate and corrupt regime that is in the sunset of its life.”
“Zimbabwe has now reached a defining moment. Never again should we allow the brutal, extortionist and corrupt ZANU- PF dictatorship to hold the people of Zimbabwe at ransom. Enough is enough! The people of Zimbabwe should appreciate the fact that the ZANU- PF regime is now living on borrowed time. No matter how much repression and suppression is brought upon the toiling masses of Zimbabwe by the crumbling ZANU- PF regime, the MDC urges the people to democratically and fearlessly fight for the establishment of an equal and egalitarian society in which the rights of all citizens are upheld and respected.”
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