(Xinhua) -- Major political parties in
Zimbabwe on Saturday united in their call for embattled
President Robert Mugabe to resign immediately and pave way for a
new democratic dispensation in the country.
were speaking at an anti-Mugabe rally at Zimbabwe Grounds in the
capital organized by the influential Zimbabwe National
Liberation War Veterans Association.
"We are here today to support the Zimbabwe Defense Forces who
started the journey to remove President Robert Mugabe from
power. We now want to fulfill the wishes of Zimbabweans for
Mugabe to go.
"We are now in the dawn of a new era and there is no going
back for Mugabe to go," Patrick Chinamasa, ZANU-PF secretary for
legal affairs and Cyber Security Minister, said at the rally
attended by tens of thousands of Zimbabweans drawn from across
Chinamasa said the First Lady Grace Mugabe should also be
investigated for crimes she committed against Zimbabweans.
Former Vice President Joice Mujuru delivered a solidarity
message and said Mugabe must go to end the suffering of
Mujuru was fired by Mugabe in 2014 on allegations that she
wanted to unseat the veteran leader.
"I am here today as one of the freedom fighters of this
country to thank the ZDF for the military action they took.
Let’s remain united and push Mugabe out," she said.
Douglas Mwonzora, secretary-general of the Opposition
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), said their party supports
the military action and looked forward to the creation of a new
government in Zimbabwe that would respect the constitution.
"We must now change the government and the people who rule
us. We must change the country’s president and we say to Mugabe
your long political career has now come to an end," Mwonzora
"This country is not a dynasty.
"This country if for all of us, it’s not for one race.
"It is not for one tribe, it’s for Zimbabweans together."
Social media activist Pastor Evan Mawarire who successfully
organized a one-day nationwide stay away in 2016 also gave a
solidarity message and urged Zimbabweans to remain united and
force Mugabe out if he refuses to resign.
"This is an opportunity for us to create a new Zimbabwe," he
As the rally proceeded, tens of thousands of celebrating
Zimbabweans were also marching in the streets of the capital
demanding Mugabe’s immediate resignation.
Mugabe to meet Zimbabwe
army chief for second time on Sunday: state media
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Robert
Mugabe is due to meet Zimbabwe Defense Forces chief Constantine
Chiwenga on Sunday, state broadcaster ZBC reported Saturday.
ZBC quoted Roman Catholic priest Fidelis Mokonori, one of the
facilitators of the talks, as saying.
This will be the second meeting between Mugabe and Chiwenga
since the military took over government this week.