Thousands of Zimbabweans led by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai protested against President Robert Mugabe’s rule in consideration of Zimbabwe’s economic crunch. The protest is said to be one of the biggest seen in Zimbabwe in recent years.
Wearing the red colors of the opposition, Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai (MDC–T) the protesters marched in Harare to decry the 92-year-old president’s rule.
The MDC-T demo which had thousands present is one of the rare cases of a large demonstration against authority seen in Zimbabwe. The reason being that the Zimbabwean police are usually swift to dispel opposition protests. In fact, the police had initially banned the march just before a court repealed the ban.
Men, women, even some with children strapped to their backs were seen holding placards demanding the 92-year-old who has ruled the southern African country since independence from Britain in 1980 to step down. The president had however previously stated that he had no intentions on stepping down soon, he also vies to run for another presidential term come 2018.
Some of the placards read, “Old clueless Mugabe must go”,“Where are our 2.2m jobs?”, “Where is our $15bn dollars” — in reference to a statement made by President Mugabe regarding $15bn worth of diamonds which had been looted in eastern Zimbabwe.
Other placards made mention of Itai Dzamara, a journalist and activist who is particularly known for his Occupy Africa Unity Square campaign against the government of President Mugabe. Itai who was abducted last year is still yet to be found.
Morgan Tsvangirai the organizer of the protest and leader of the opposition gave a speech at the African Unity square to conclude the demonstration. In his brief speech, he talked about the cluelessness of the leading party, the ZANU-PF. He added that the party cannot fix Zimbabwe’s economic regression.
He urged the youth to seize Zimbabwe’s future.
He also added that this protest is just the beginning of others.