Angry Zimbabweans appeal to Geingob over chaos back home
An angry community of Zimbabweans working in Namibia has appealed to President Hage Geingob who is the SADC chairperson to intervene in the political storm currently rocking the country.
This week Zimbabweans took to the streets in violent demonstrations against a failing economy worsened by a massive hike in fuel prices of over 150%.
Frustrated at what they have observed to be an incompetent leadership led by Emmerson Mnangagwa who took power from Robert Mugabe in a November 2017 coup, the Zimbabwean community is expected to demonstrate this Friday from Maerua Mall right to the steps of their embassy.
Speaking to The Villager this week, leader of the demonstration, Tapiwa Mugore said they expect roughly more than 200 people to take part in the demonstration.
He said they expect more to come from Katima and Keetmans for the demo.
“We will meet the personal secretary to the President. We will be escorted by the commissioner of police himself. Our concern is with SADC, we have realised that it has become a norm and generally accepted that the SADC body has become like the League of Nations, it has become a toothless bull-dog.”
“They can bark and talk but there is no reaction on the continent regarding innocent people who are losing their lives. The same institutions which must safe guard the people are the same which are terrorizing the people. So we want SADC to start reacting to continental issues,” said Mugore.
He also said there were plans to petition the United Nations so that it jump-frogs into the country’s political turmoil and broker talks with parties involved to bring about normalisation.
However, the major thrust of the demonstration is to call for the immediate resignation of Mnangagwa who was reportedly in Russia trying to copy notes on how best to modernise the country’s army.
“He has proved that he has failed and the best is for him is to down the tools and pave way for others,” said Mugore.
In a Tweet this week, Mnangagwa indicated that he had gone to source for investments and that he would be headed to Davos for the World Economic Forum to sell Zimbabwe as an investment destination.
Said the Zimbabwean leader, “In 48 hours in Moscow, there are signs that serious investment is on the way. Alrosa, the world’s largest diamond company, has decided to launch operations in Zimbabwe, and we have also signed a series of important agreements that will lead to investment, development and jobs.”
“I understand the pain and frustration that many of you are feeling. Resolving Zimbabwe’s economic challenges is a monumental task, and while it may not always feel that way, we are moving in the right direction. We will get there.”
However a mob of Zimbabweans most of which are holed in the diaspora reacted with anger to the message on Facebook openly denouncing him as a failed leader who should come back home and help serve the crisis from escalating further.
Mnangagwa rose to power on the message of economic revival after decades of mismanagement and a deterioration in the standards of living which culminated into millions fleeing the country.
He went on into a peaceful election campaign which turned bloody a few hours before results were announced leading to six being shot to death.
He emerged victorious by a narrow margin prompting the opposition to raise alarm over rigging.