Zimbabweans have spoken, and they want President Robert Mugabe out.
Having ruled for the past 37 years, President Mugabe’s time could be over as Zimbabweans from all walks of life marched today across the country calling for an end to his reign.
In Harare, the main Zimbabwe Solidarity Rally was at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield, but thousands marched to the Robert Mugabe Square opposite Rainbow Towers where they were addressed.
Business also came to a standstill in Bulawayo and Victoria Falls as thousands expressed themselves in an unprecedented way.
In Highfield, war veterans and representatives of political parties among them Cde Oppah Muchinguri, Cde Patrick Chinamasa, Douglas Mwonzora, former Vice President Joice Mujuru, Nelson Chamisa and Acie Lumumba addressed the jubilant crowd.
They were unanimous in calling for an end to President Mugabe’s rule which they described as characterised by economic hardships, protection of thieves around him and failure to deliver on the expectations of the Zimbabwean populace and war veterans.
They also accused him of trying to create a dynasty by appointing his wife as Vice President.
Cde Chinamasa called on the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe to be investigated on crimes she has allegedly committed and the arrest of the ‘thieves’ the First Family had been protecting.
The other speakers called for unity of purpose amongst Zimbabweans regardless of political differences to rebuild the nation.
“Let’s all forget about yesterday and focus on tomorrow,” Mwonzora said.
Activists, Pastor Evan Mawarire, Partson Dzamara and Stan Zvorwadza also gave their solidarity messages, saying Zimbabwe is destined for a better future in the post Mugabe era.
Zimbabwe Teachers Association Chief Executive, Sifiso Ndlovu said they hope for a better future for all workers in a new Zimbabwe. War veterans spokesperson, Cde Douglas Mahiya and Secretary General Cde Victor Matemadanda, could not hide their joy on the new dawn for Zimbabwe.
A representative of university students in Zimbabwe called for the University of Zimbabwe to withdraw the doctorate degree that was awarded to the First Lady.
Interestingly, when former Finance Minister Chinamasa took to the podium, the crowd interrupted him by singing ‘Usa, Usa, Usa,’ in a clear signal that they are yearning for a stable currency such as the United States dollar, which has since become scarce, making it difficult to transact.
Cde Mahiya called on Zimbabweans to unite and stop slogans of denouncing other people for having a different opinion on any issue.
The popular men in all these proceedings were soldiers and of course their leader, ZDF Commander General Constantino Chiwenga, taunted as the real liberator of Zimbabweans.
People could be seen and heard praising the gallant sons of the soil for their intervention.
Some were taking selfies near military tankers and the men ensuring their security in Zimbabwe.