Zanu PF plots Mugabe ‘thank you’ rally

THE ruling Zanu PF party has organised a “homecoming party” and “thank you rally” for President Robert Mugabe, who is expected home tomorrow after attending the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Source: Zanu PF plots Mugabe ‘thank you’ rally – NewsDay Zimbabwe September 23, 2016

by XOLISANI NCUBE

The planned rally comes at a time the 92-year-old Zanu PF leader is facing increasing pressure from local opposition parties and his peers in the Sadc region to step down due to old age and his failure to arrest the country’s economic meltdown.

Zanu PF Harare provincial commissar Shadreck Mashayamombe yesterday urged party members to be at Harare International Airport tomorrow afternoon to welcome their leader and “show him support for his sterling work”.

“Every party member is invited to Harare International Airport on Saturday at 1pm, as we welcome the President, Cde RG Mugabe, and to support the great work he did together with our friends based in America. Everyone must be at the airport,” Mashayamombe’s WhatsApp message to Zanu PF members read.

Mugabe, who on Wednesday was urged to step down by Botswana President Ian Khama, is expected to address hundreds of supporters in a show of power.

But Zimbabwe People First spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire yesterday laughed off Mugabe’s planned homecoming party, as a waste of the country’s resources at a time over four million citizens were facing acute food shortages.

“It’s an insignificant meeting especially for a dying small party like Zanu PF, which thrills itself by frog-marching people to its rallies to seek relevance in the eyes of the region and international community,” he said.

MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora said: “The decision to hold that so-called rally is only meant to celebrate the suffering of the people of Zimbabwe, this is the time that Mugabe must resign.

“He is presiding over gross human rights violations in Zimbabwe … we hope the people of Zimbabwe will not lose heart in the struggle.”
At the rally, Mugabe is expected to respond to Khama’s calls for him to step down over his failure to run the country and being a burden to the Sadc region.

In a marathon travel schedule, Mugabe left the country last week for Venezuela to attend the Non-Aligned Movement summit before heading to New York for the UN General Assembly.

Mugabe had just flown in from Zambia, where he attended the inauguration of President Edgar Lungu, who defeated his main rival, Hakainde Hichilema, in a disputed poll last month.

The 92-year-old leader left the country at a time street protests were escalating due to economic decline and increasing unemployment and, according to insiders, he would use the platform to respond to Khama.

Already, placards rebuking Khama were reportedly being printed last night and would be displayed at the airport rally.

Mugabe has refused to step down, declaring that he would continue to rule Zimbabwe as long as “my people need me”.

His wife, First Lady Grace Mugabe, has also scoffed at suggestions that her husband should relinquish power — vowing he would rule from the grave in the event he dies in office.

Mugabe has already been endorsed as the Zanu PF presidential candidate for the 2018 elections.

COMMENTS

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    reader 6 years ago

    I guess that’s where we should all be tomorrow and to demonstrate so much he cannot leave the plane and if he speacifies make so much noise he cannot be heard.
    lets all converge on Harare airport and just incase he diverts to BYO go demo there as well.
    there will be more oppostion than ZANOIDS if you go in disguise.
    stop the plane from landing.
    Who know maybe he will get back on the plane a fly to part unknown on an empty fuel tank.

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    TJINGABABILI 6 years ago

    “THANK YOU, GOODBYE “!

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    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh kufurira vamwe when you are enjoying your home and office. ZANU is the biggest Party. Enda tione

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    Ngoto Zimbwa 6 years ago

    Subtle hint at goodbye and good riddance as has been alluded to, I would have thought.
    Surprising to note that these ZANU morons have a few functioning neurons.

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    Thank you for what? 36 years of misery, corruption and murder? Tsek.

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    i am not the one 6 years ago

    You lot voted for him, celebrated a myriad of stupid decisions as having been wise and part of the “revolution “, rejoiced in stupidity, revelled in incompetence, ululated at hypocrisy, shouted in delight at many incomprehensible actions and rushed to queue for a farm where you all gleefully raped, plundered and pillaged……u have him and his party, enjoy and let’s hope he makes your lives even more miserable. Let’s hope when he dies he is replaced with someone who is even more evil and showers you all with ruin.