By Mugove Tafirenyika
Radical pressure group — Tajamuka/Sesijikile — has declared that President Robert Mugabe will fall under the weight of planned demonstrations, predicting that the nonagenarian would be gone by December.
The pressure group is playing a prominent role in the wave of anti-Mugabe protests currently sweeping across the country and is leading the organisation of tomorrow’s planned “shutdown”.
Tajamuka acting spokesperson Hardlife Mudzingwa said national shutdown will see people staying away from work but actively participate in planned activities in the high density suburbs.
“We had hoped that Mugabe was going to be reasonable and take heed of the ultimatum we gave him to step aside before the 31st of this month but after realising that he is illogical we have decided to take action and it is our belief that he will not last in office until December,” Mudzingwa said during a media briefing in the capital yesterday.
He said the shutdown was a sign that citizens had entered “the red zone of the campaign to force Mugabe out after “seeing the satanic face of government”.
Tajamuka and other anti-Mugabe voices, said Mudzingwa, will continue to roll out protests every week from next month if the 92-year-old — in power since independence from Britain in 1980—refuses to pave way for a transitional authority.
“The campaign will continue to build seriously a strong citizen voice loud enough to create and shape the politics, sociality and politics of Zimbabwe and Mugabe must take heed of the citizens’ call,” said Mudzingwa.
“Remember in 2008 Mugabe was refusing to talk to the opposition but when pressure mounted he was dragged to the negotiating table kicking and wailing all the way.”
The shutdown comes amid threats by Zanu PF and its affiliate organisations, including the Zimbabwe Liberation War Collaborators Association (Ziliwaco) that they will take the law into their own hands and unleash violence on the demonstrators.
But Mudzingwa dismissed the threats as empty, boasting that Tajamuka had strength in numbers and called upon what he called stockholders of the campaign, including cross-border traders, war veterans, civil servants, vendors, private sectors workers, the business community, kombi drivers and conductors, students among a host of other Zimbabweans across the social spectrum to join the shutdown.
“We have no time to respond to empty threats but since you raised the issue let me say Zimbabweans will not allow unruly elements in Zanu PF to continue doing what they have been doing in the past. We have mechanisms to ensure the security of citizens,” he bragged.
Tajamuka also distanced itself to from “dubious hoax messages” advocating for violence including burning of fuel stations in the country.
“These are part of futile attempts to criminalise a peaceful campaign and an attempt to wean the campaign from the public sympathy it has enjoyed”.
Giving a solidarity message National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (Navuz) chairperson Sten Zvorwadza described tomorrow’s shutdown as historic.
“The message is very clear that this day has to be historic because Zimbabweans will in loud voices say that enough is enough,” said Zvorwadza whose organisation has also been involved in numerous cat and mouse games with authorities. Daily News