Saturday, 23 July 2016


Former military bigwig and ambassador, Brigadier Agrippah Mutambara, has become the latest erstwhile trusted aide of President Robert Mugabe to give the long-ruling Zimbabwean leader a vote of no confidence. 

The prominent war veteran also observed that Mugabe was running scared because of the growing public anger against him, as Zimbabwe’s economy continues to die due to Zanu PF’s misrule of the past 36 years.

“The president is frightened, the war veterans have deserted him and there is a growing convergence of thinking among comrades. No one is going to pretend anymore (about Mugabe’s immortality),” Mutambara told the Daily News yesterday.

“What is most hurting is that he cannot influence the events anymore. The people that he relies on have their own ambitions as well and are abusing his advanced age. And with inner knowledge of the state of his health, they are now relying on the youths to push their agenda,” the fearless former freedom fighter, who recently ditched the brawling ruling Zanu PF to join former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZPF), added.

“Mugabe cannot reform. What is worrying him now is that he has always been able to have his way and now there is resistance from everywhere and the fact that we formed a political party in the form of the Zimbabwe People First makes him realise that people are no longer scared of him.

“This is no longer a government with the interests of the people at heart, but one that is pushing its own agenda,” Mutambara said.

The war veteran spoke at a time that Mugabe and his government are fighting myriad problems — including the country’s dying economy, fast depleting State coffers, worsening cash shortages and an increasingly restless populace.

In recent weeks, Zimbabwe has witnessed growing protests and riots as citizens’ frustrations have sometimes boiled over into violent disturbances.
Mutambara’s words dovetail with what former State Security minister, Didymus Mutasa, said last week during a meeting of opposition political parties.

Mutasa, a former longtime friend and confidante of Mugabe, also appealed for more peaceful protests then, which he said would force the nonagenarian to quit power.
“We need to work together. We need to be united as Zimbabweans so that we will achieve our objectives. Our objective is to take away from us the yoke of poverty and slavery.
“It is important for us as African people, as people of Zimbabwe particularly, to start to walk away from Egypt to Canaan. I would say there is need for an overhaul of all the processes in Zimbabwe, there is need for change in Zimbabwe,” Mutasa said. daily news


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