By Sij Ncube
Bulawayo – Ten different Zimbabwean opposition and human rights groups will on Saturday hold a protest outside The Zimbabwe embassy in London to coincide with President Robert Mugabe’s 91st birthday, demanding that he quits.
The organisations participating in the coalition demonstration which starts at noon outside the Zimbabwean Embassy, are Vigil, MDC-T, Zunde (Zimbabwean United for Democracy), Zapu, (Restoration of Human Rights), ZSD (Zimbabwe Social Democrats, Occupy Africa Unity Square, Zimbabwe We Can and Swazi Vigil, which is also challenging its corrupt Monarchy.
“The demonstration is not to wish him happy birthday, but to demand that he and his Zanu (PF) government step down to allow for a peaceful end to the economic and political crisis,” Wilbert Mukori, a member of the Zimbabwe Social Democrats told Radio VOP on behalf of the United Kingdom Coalition.
Mugabe is scheduled to hold an expensive batch at the resort town of Victoria Falls in which more than a million dollars has been mobbed up by the Zanu PF Youth League.
“This demonstration is being held on President Mugabe’s 91 birthday, to send the following messages: To President Mugabe: we are not here to wish you happy birthday but to remind you that you have failed, and you should go peacefully, by implementing democrat reforms, followed by free, fair and credible elections. Or you can hang on to power and be assured of violent revolutionary change to sweep you aside like many other tyrants before you,” said Mukori.
Zimbabwe’s ruin is blamed on Mugabe’s long stay in power since independence from Britain in 1980.
Sources in Victoria Falls claimed all hotels and lodges were fully booked for the bash in which elephants and other game meat would be slaughtered for thousands of Zanu (PF) supporters to be bussed for the annual event.