The Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai today said President Robert Mugabe must step down immediately because he has surrendered the country to “a vicious and dangerous clique of political thugs and unpatriotic, greedy and deeply corrupt political gangsters”.
In a statement in which it condemned yesterday’s handling by the police of a peaceful demonstration by war veterans, the MDC-T said there was an urgent need for Mugabe to step down to avoid total and complete collapse of the country.
“The feuding factions within the collapsing ZANU-PF political edifice, of late, have been exchanging threats of physical violence against each other and indeed, if the situation remains unchecked, Zimbabwe can easily explode into a devastating civil war,” the party said.
“It is imperative, therefore, for all patriotic Zimbabweans, including the war veterans, to urgently come together and exert appropriate political and constitutional pressure to ensure that President Robert Mugabe steps down from office.
“The country is now being run by a shadowy group of recycled political turncoats and later day ‘’revolutionaries’’. This shadowy and obscure group of self-confessed political thugs and corrupt opportunists is now a serious threat to national cohesion and national security.
“President Robert Mugabe is no longer in charge of the country because this shadowy group of political gangsters has virtually usurped all State power from him. Mugabe is now just a lame duck President; under siege from a vicious and dangerous clique of political thugs and unpatriotic, greedy and deeply corrupt political gangsters.
“All those nefarious political thugs who gave orders to disturb and disperse the lawful and peaceful meeting of war veterans should be thoroughly investigated and the full wrath and might of the law should descend upon these reactionary elements.”
Police yesterday fired teargas to disperse war veterans at the City Sports Centre saying they has not sought clearance to hold their meeting at which they wanted to be briefed on the latest developments in their organisation.
War veterans’ leaders were expelled by their colleagues at the weekend but said the expulsion was unconstitutional.
The infighting within the veterans’ organisation in symptomatic of the battles being fought within the ruling party which have put the First Lady Grace Mugabe in a tight spot.