Harare – Zimbabwe’s opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) youth wing has called for mass demonstrations to push out President Mugabe and his Zanu-PF government, saying he was no longer of a stable mind and should not be left to ruin the country further.
In a statement at the weekend, PDP Youth Assembly President, Moses Manyengavana said the ruling Zanu-PF party was now concentrating on factional fights and neglecting government duties.
“As PDP youths, we call on all young people from different political persuasions to come together and mobilise for massive demonstrations to push Mugabe and his clique of looters out of power. Our future cannot continue to be mortgaged while we stand back and fold our hands. We must come together as democrats and push the Zanu-PF criminals out of power,” he said.
He alleged that the Zanu-PF government had allowed the looting of over $2 billion in diamond revenue by military chiefs working in cahoots with some Chinese nationals and was spending millions of dollars on foreign trips.
“The people of Zimbabwe want a government that will end the vicious circles of violence and exclusion that Zanu-PF has perfected over years; they want a government that will put their interest at the centre of national planning. What the people want is what Zanu-PF has failed to provide in the 36 long years it has ruled this country,” he said.
Parliament, Manyengavana said, had also become a factional battle field, resulting in the House failing to re-align the country’s laws with the Constitution.
“Devolution laws are yet to be set up almost three years after the passing of the constitution into law, thus denying the people their right to be represented and heard which they demanded by voting for the constitution at the 2013 March referendum,” he said.
He said the country’s economic growth rate would be in the negative, averaging minus 2.7 percent, adding that children would continue to drop out of school and fail to register for their examinations because of financial challenges.
“The bulk of youths and women will continue languishing in unemployment. Poverty will increase and health institutions will continue to be death traps,” he said.