Africa 25.7.2016 05:51 pm

‘Mugabe will be gone by August 31’

Former President of Zambia Dr Kenneth Kaunda with President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe and President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba during the state funeral of the late Zambian President Michael Sata at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka. (Photo: DOC)

Former President of Zambia Dr Kenneth Kaunda with President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe and President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba during the state funeral of the late Zambian President Michael Sata at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka. (Photo: DOC)

Youths in Zimbabwe have declared that all the 92-year-old remains good for now is to ‘be in an old people’s home’.

Opposition MDC-T youths on Monday declared they would make sure President Robert Mugabe left office by August 31 this year, saying he had failed the country.

Addressing a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Harare after a special executive meeting, MDC-T Youth League national chairperson, Happymore Chidziva, said they had launched #MyZimbabwe campaign to send a message to President Mugabe that he was no longer wanted.

“The campaign that we are getting into, we are very clear that, by 31 August, Robert Mugabe will be done away with. So we are not leaving any room for anything outside that; by 31 August this country will no longer be under the leadership of Robert Mugabe,” he said.

Chidziva said the government had breached the social contract it had with the people by not using the mandate it was given to run the affairs of the country.

“So our campaign is centred on ensuring that the government of the day, which has failed dismally to look after the citizens of Zimbabwe, should go, and we have said that, in August, this is the month when we commemorate our heroes; it is a month that reminds us of the history we have gone through as a country, where people took up arms to liberate this country from the colonial regime.

“And in the same manner, we are using the month of August to launch an onslaught on the regime of Robert Mugabe so that we ensure that the people of Zimbabwe, at the end of the day, realise their democracy, freedom and equality,” he said.

He said the #MyZimbabwe campaign was a sign of love and patriotism by the youths and meant to liberate the people from a corrupt Zanu-PF government.

“We urge all citizens to embrace the month of heroes, the month of August, as a month of action to liberate ourselves from Robert Mugabe. This country will remain ungovernable as long as Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF do not heed the call (to step down).

“We reiterate our call for Robert Mugabe to leave office as he has become tired, clueless and old and can only sleep in meetings instead of steering the ship forward. We are more than convinced that, no matter what, a 92-year-old can never be a face of a nation, he cannot bring anything new and his place can only be in an old people’s home. There is no investment that will come to this country as long as long as Mugabe remains in charge and, for the benefit of many of us who still want to work, we want and demand that Mugabe goes.”

The dishing out of residential stands to Zanu-PF youths, Chidziva said, was cheap politicking and abuse of state resources to finance party programmes.

“We dismiss with the contempt it deserves the cheap politicking by the Zanu-PF Youth League and one Saviour Kasukuwere to abuse state land around towns by dishing it out to Zanu-PF youth. We note that the abuse of state resources has continued, especially under the ambitious Kasukuwere, who plundered money in the youth ministry and is now taking his insatiable appetite to the land grab.

“This land belongs to all of us. We surely will one day make these people account,” he said.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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