The Sunday Mail
Various political parties yesterday joined forces to implore President Mugabe to vacate office and pave way for a new dispensation to carry the country forward.
Representatives from the different political parties echoed the same message as they called for a new leader for Zimbabwe during the Zimbabwe Solidarity Rally held at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare.
In his address, Zanu-PF Secretary for Legal Affairs Cde Patrick Chinamasa, who is also Minister of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation, praised war veterans for organising the historic gathering and initiating the call for the 93-year-old leader to leave office.
“The war veterans were the first to say President Mugabe should go,” he said.
“They started the plan to remove President Mugabe and in saying so, they were fulfilling the wishes of the people.
“We firmly support what the veterans have done and we are waiting for the dawn of a new era in our country.
“We are not going back and our message is that President Mugabe should go now. He should resign now.
“We also want criminals that were circling him to be arrested.”
Zanu-PF Politburo member Cde Oppah Muchinguri lauded the Zimbabwe Defence Forces for their military intervention.
“First of all, I want to say down with Grace Mugabe. I also want to thank the Zimbabwe Defence Forces for their effort.
“The people of Zimbabwe had suffered for a long time because of Grace Mugabe and the criminals that surrounded her.
“I believe that the spirit of Nehanda inspired our war veterans to liberate the people, just as they did during our war for independence.
“I also want to call on war veterans to remain united so that we finish the job.
“As a country we have the capacity to solve our problems,” she said.
MDC vice president Nelson Chamisa said, “We thank the people for showing so much strength and unity for one cause, particularly the war veterans who have organised this rally that has united us.”
Mr Mwonzora said it was important to uphold the national Constitution in the process that is underway to remove President Mugabe from office.
“I want to applaud the ZDF for referring to the Constitution in this process to remove Robert Mugabe. We must respect our Constitution.
“We must now go and make sure that we change our 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.
“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.”
National People’s Party president Dr Joice Mujuru said, “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 remove Mugabe from office.”
Other speakers were Zanu PF Central Committee member and former Cabinet Minister Cde Tshinga Dube, Cde Victor Matemadanda, Promise Mkwananzi and many others.