Outrage over Mugabe threats to Harare and Bulawayo

via Outrage over Mugabe threats – NewsDay Zimbabwe  by Moses Matenga and Blondie Ndebele

HARARE and Bulawayo residents yesterday reacted angrily to President Robert Mugabe’s threat to disown the two cities as punishment for dumping his Zanu PF party and overwhelmingly voting for the MDC-T in the July 31 polls.

In separate interviews with NewsDay in Harare and its sister publication Southern Eye in Bulawayo yesterday, the residents said the Zanu PF leader should stop being vindictive and act like a statesman by treating all citizens equally regardless of their political affiliation.

Mugabe, speaking at the burial of National Railways of Zimbabwe general manager and former liberation war fighter Retired Air Commodore Mike Karakadzai at the National Heroes’ Acre on Sunday, threatened to avenge his defeat in Bulawayo and Harare, the MDC-T’s strongholds.

The MDC-T said in a statement: “It is shameful that a man of his stature could stoop so low as to harbour petty political grudges with the people he purports to lead. Mugabe’s vindictive nature is pathetic and should not be tolerated by any sane-minded Zimbabwean.”

The Harare Residents’ Trust issued a statement, saying: “President Robert Mugabe should refrain from making statements that create disharmony among the citizens of Zimbabwe by insinuating that residents in Harare and Bulawayo should get services from the MDC-T who they overwhelmingly voted for in the July 31 poll.

“The President needs to recognise the diversity of the citizens he leads. The residents of Harare will get all services from the government of the day irrespective of whether or not they voted for that governing party in elections, declared free and peaceful by Sadc and the AU (African Union).

“President Mugabe, you also belong to Harare, and Harare residents expect you to honour the Zimbabwe Constitution, in line with your oath of office as you pledged at the National Sports Stadium before God and His people. We pray to God that President Mugabe will serve Harare residents like any other city/town in Zimbabwe. Fighting God’s people is fighting God Himself.”

Cosmas Wakatama, a Harare businessman, said: “He (Mugabe) is supposed to be President for all Zimbabweans whether Zanu PF, MDC-T or any other party. He acted like a father angered by his child and says he won’t give him or her food.”

Another resident, Felix Mutizira, said the residents no longer cared about Mugabe’s actions as his record showed that he had no regard for them.

“Whatever colour he is going to paint us, we don’t care. What has he given us in the last 33 years he has been in power? He gave us the worst and we don’t care what he says or does. We have suffered enough, he abandoned the people long back,” Mutizira said.

Sam Gondongwe said Mugabe’s remarks showed that he was determined to throw away the child together with the bath water.

“It means he would have abandoned even his own supporters,” he said.

Trevor Chimhandire said: “He has to go out of Harare himself because he doesn’t have support and leave those who won the election to stay.”

Simbarashe Moyo, chairman of the Combined Harare Residents’ Association, said: “We don’t expect such comments from a whole President.

“People must not be punished on the basis that they choose someone else. That’s an infringement on people’s democratic right to vote. It’s unfortunate he is saying that and we hope he was not serious because the world over, even in Africa, I have not heard of a President who says that.”

Although Mugabe did not clearly specify what kind of action he would take against the residents, Bulawayo residents expressed fear that the Mugabe administration might stall the city’s economic revival through underfunding.

Mthulisi Moyo from Pelandaba suburb said the city had been victimised for a long time as the government continued to delay projects meant to alleviate the poverty of the residents.

“We have been doing our own things for the past 33 years,” he said. “He (Mugabe) has never brought any meaningful development in this city except make companies to either relocate or close.”

Mbonisi Sibanda, a resident of Magwegwe North, said: “He (Mugabe) revenged a long time ago. How did he expect us to vote for him when he made us suffer for so many years? My father was killed during Gukurahundi and I am an orphan because of him. We should be the ones revenging because he has made us suffer under his unbearable rule.”

Tapiwa Machingaidze of Mahatshula said people no longer cared about Mugabe’s threats because they always had a way of surviving even in the most difficult circumstances.

“We are waiting for his revenge to begin so that we will also find ways to adapt and move forward with our lives.”

Dumisani Nkomo, a local political analyst, cautioned Mugabe against victimising people for voting for the MDC-T, saying it smacked of political intolerance.

“There is a reason why the people voted for the opposition. Mugabe is (supposed to be) a statesman. He should not victimise anyone.”



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    Charles Chamunorwa 9 years ago

    What is it which he is going to give people outside Harare and Bulaway? Whether in Hararre, Vhungu, Uzumba etc we are all going to get nothing from Mugabe. Musanyengedzwa. Mugabe has nothing to offer anyone. All what he wants is power-nothing else. Even if you sleep with his wife he does not care as long as that does not affect his power.

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    More kind words of peace from the magnanimous winner of the recent elections? Wasn’t it the Herald that claimed that the dear leader was an inclusive president? I guess Mugabe’s mean spirited comments show that his tiny reptilian brain is stuck following a familiar script. He will never be remembered as having anything close to Mandela’s legacy. In fact, it could be argued that almost all of his policy decisions are based on revenge, and not any noble effort to uplift the people. Think about it.

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      mike hondo 9 years ago

      what a disgusting statement by Mugabage but at least we know it going to be five more years of the same old zanu pf misrule, i cant think of anything he has ever done for harare anyway and he has turned bulawayo into a ghost town many years back so its going to the same old crap and rhetoric from the worlds poorest leader just as expected

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    ndakasiyana nako kaharahwa kaya-kune miunhu anofunga zviri normal anoda development there is no need yekuswera uchitaurirwa zvatakanzwa muna 1980-nhasi kava kuziwa manje kuti hapana akaka votera muharare kunze kwenzenza dzaitakurwa nemabhazi kuzovhota nmuharare.

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    Tafidza 9 years ago

    Zvinopedza simba izvi,he is simply forgeting that Zim and Byo residence are the largest tax payers including the companies they own. Of course he also included diasporans. These are the pple who are also supporting those rural folks . Tit for tat as he said,we also withhold support to those rurak folks and lets pay all our taxes to these two city councils and see who is going to cry first. For his info Hre and Byo residence are more tuned on,adaptive and versatile creatures who will always be ahead of the game.

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    Zvichapera 9 years ago

    Here is a president who won by a landslide behaving like a bully as always

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    Phunyukabemphethe 9 years ago

    The Gukurahundi is angry after his “landslide victory”, – strange than fiction!

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    YaYaYa 9 years ago

    We will adapt,,,,bob can go jump

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    Gentlemen, this imbecile who calls himself “president” is almost 90, he is riddled with cancer has had severe syphilus which has attacked his brain, he suffers from dementure and now has the brain of an infant who has been taught to bully, a genocidal murderer, a rapist a fornicator a torturer and this individual who claimed to be better than Jesus is now very shortly facing his demise into a very very scary departue from this life. The Lord said…”Revenge is mine, I will repay”