HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA)
said Monday it would invite Zimbabweans back into the streets
for more protests until President Robert Mugabe steps down.
The association spoke after Mugabe failed to announce his
resignation as widely expected in a televised address to the
nation Sunday night.
ZNLWVA chairperson Christopher Mutsvangwa told a press
conference that Mugabe should stop pretending that things were
normal in the country after the military "stepped in" to weed
out "criminals" surrounding him, whom it accused of committing
crimes that threatened national security.
"If Mugabe refuses to step down, we are going back to the
people and calling on them to come back onto the streets.
time about 1.5 million people participated in the streets and
this time we want even more support.
"We will stage a sit in
until Mugabe is gone.
"We will not leave Harare until he is
gone," Mutsvangwa said.
Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets of
Harare Saturday to call on Mugabe to resign.
Mugabe was recalled from the ruling ZANU-PF party as its
leader and given until noon Monday to step down or face
But in his national address Sunday night, Mugabe said he
would chair the party’s extraordinary congress next month to
address challenges afflicting the party.
Meanwhile, Mutsvangwa said the war veterans association had
instituted court action to legalize the military action against
Mugabe after the army seized power from him last Wednesday.
In political storm, Zimbabwe’s mobile networks
avid social media users
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Events of the past week surrrounding the fate of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe have
put tremendous pressure on the mobile networks of the sounthern
African country as people chose to stay on social media to be in
State-owned NetOne said on Monday that its network
"We would like to inform all our valued customers that we are
currently experiencing high data usage and congestion on the
network. We are doing all the best we can to address the issue,"
a message posted to NetOne’s subscribers said.
Zimbabwe’s military took over government functions last week
in an action they said was not a coup but has been widely
interpreted as such, saying that it wanted to get rid of
"criminals" around Mugabe and put the economy back on the rails.
Many took to social media to spread the news.
Even those in
the diaspora stayed on their mobile phones and were sharing
pictures of what was happening as excitement gripped Zimbabweans
who believed that a new political dispensation beckoned,
especially on Saturday when tens of thousands marched against
Messages were being posted via Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter
with images of the march and commentaries.
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe says to chair ZANU-PF congress
despite recall from ruling party
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean President Robert
Mugabe told his countrymen on live television on Sunday evening
that he will chair the ruling party’s congress in December to
resolve problems afflicting the ZANU-PF.
Mugabe’s address on national television came after the
ZANU-PF’s decision earlier Sunday to recall him from the
position of party leader and give him until noon Monday to
resign as president or face impeachment proceedings.
In his address from the State House, Mugabe, flanked by army
generals, acknowledged the presence of ills afflicting his party
and said he would chair the ZANU-PF’s congress next month to
resolve the problems once and for all.
He said he was in agreement with the concern raised by the
army generals in a meeting at State House that the infighting in
the party was hurting the economy.
"Among the issues discussed (with the army generals) is that
relating to our economy, which as we all know is going through a
"Of greater concern to our commanders are the
well-founded fears that the lack of unity and commonness of
purpose in both party and government was translating into
perceptions of inattentiveness to the economy.
"Public spates between high ranking officials in the party
and government, exacerbated by multiple conflicting messages
from both the party and government, made the criticisms leveled
against us inescapable," Mugabe said.
He said some of the conflicts in the party were being caused
by inter-generational conflict which he said must be resolved
and harmonized through merging of old established players as
they embrace and welcome new rules.
"Indeed all these matters will be discussed and settled at
the forthcoming congress within the framework of a clear
radioman that seeks to resolve once and for all any omissions or
contradictions that have affected our party negatively," Mugabe
"The congress is due in a few weeks from now and I will
preside over its processes, which must not be prepossessed by
any acts calculated to undermine or to compromise the outcomes
in the eyes of the public," he said.
Mugabe said the military operation last Wednesday was
triggered by concerns arising from their reading of the state of
affairs in the country and the party.
"Whatever the pros and cons of the way they went about
registering those concerns, I as the president of Zimbabwe and
their commander -in-chief do acknowledge the issues they have
drawn my attention to and I do believe that these were raised in
the spirit of honesty and out of deep and patriotic concern of
the stability of our nation and for the welfare of our people."
Mugabe said in his meeting with the commanders they
underscored the need for the party to collectively start process
that return the nation to normalcy.
Mugabe said the military operation did not amount to a threat
to the country’s constitutional order nor was it a challenge to
his authority as head of state and government and
commander-in-chief of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces.
"The command element remained respectful, and computed within
the dictates and mores of constitutionalism.
"True, a few
incidents may have occurred here and there but these are being
corrected," Mugabe said.
He said he was happy that throughout the short period of the
military intervention the pillars of state remained functioning.
Mugabe said the infighting in his party was affecting
government projects and said this should now stop as the party
inaugurates a new work culture which shows a strong sense of
purpose and commitment to turning around the fortunes of the
Mugabe also acknowledged the role played by liberation war
fighters and said the party will strive to cater for their
welfare and ensure their participation in strategic party and
He said the party has to return to its guiding principles as
enshrined in the constitution, which must apply fairly and
equitably in all situations.
"The era of victimization and arbitrary decisions must be put
behind as we all embrace a new ethos predicated on the supreme
law of our party," he said.