via Zim better off without govt: Biti’s PDP – NewZimbabwe 11/01/2016
THE Tendai Biti-led People’s Democratic Party PDP has said President Robert Mugabe must declare 2016 a national disaster before “urgently” resigning because “Zimbabwe is better without a government”.
In a statement Monday, PDP said if Mugabe fails to step down the party would mobilise and force the veteran leader to quit so Zimbabweans can be freed from a “dictatorship” which has destroyed the economy.
“As the PDP, we urge the people of Zimbabwe to unite and rise against the dictatorship of Zanu PF, the time has come for the people to reclaim their rights and equality for all,” party spokesperson Jacob Mafume said.
Reasons for Mugabe’s “urgent” retirement include his failure to pay teachers’ salaries in time, inability to give civil servants their bonuses, lack of ideas on how to feed the starving nation and “completely” failing to have counter measures for the impending drought.
“We find it deplorable that all this is happening when we have a government that is splurging millions of dollars in buying top of the range vehicles for its ministers,
“ … a government that is dishing out millions for dollars to President Robert Mugabe for his endless overseas trips and his luxurious holidays in the Far East while hundreds of thousands dollars are paid for Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s continued stay at a five star hotel.”
Mafume said since 2013 when Zanu PF “claimed” victory, there has been no economic activity taking place in the country.
“There is regression in the country compounded by violence and lawlessness on the part of state and non-state actors evidenced by the last week’s brutal assault of peaceful demonstrators in Harare and Chitungwiza,” he said.
“Under such frightening circumstances, it is clear that the people of Zimbabwe are better off without a government.”
PDP said a transitional government should take over and run the affairs of the country until fresh elections are held in 2018.
“The fact of the matter is that Mugabe and his Zanu PF government have failed. The Zanu PF government must resign as a matter of urgency and that a national transitional authority (NTA) is put in place
“The NTA will implement an emergency economic recovery plan, harmonise the country’s laws to the Constitution, restoration of the social contract, and ensures that there is peace in the country while conditions for holding free and fair elections are put in place.”
Commenting of the re-opening of schools on Tuesday Mafume said over one million children are going to drop out of school because of the continued economic hardships.
“It is sad that over one million pupils from poor families who are enrolled in public schools, will this year be forced to drop out of class as the government, for the third consecutive year, is unable to release funds under the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) and this is an increase from 750 000 pupils who dropped out in 2015 due to failure to pay fees,” he said.
“Thousands of hunger stricken pupils across the country will as a result be forced to drop from class as they will fail to cope to walk to school or concentrate in class because of hunger.”