Madhuku Urges Zimbabweans To Take To The Streets

Madhuku said this while speaking at the fourth anniversary of People’s Charter organised by the Committee of the People’s Charter in Harare on Thursday.

The Committee of the People’s Charter is a grouping of like minded Zimbabweans who subscribe to the principles of the People’s Charter which was adopted by the country’s civic society organisations on 9 February 2008.

The charter outlines the virtues by which the country should be governed.

“I wonder why as Zimbabweans we are not doing what other people in other countries are doing. They have done it in several countries and they are doing it in Senegal right now but we are quiet as if everything is ok. We should demonstrate our displeasure,” said Madhuku who himself has organised several street protests for more than a decade fighting for a new democratic constitution of the country.

Madhuku also told the meeting that there was nothing to fear because Zimbabweans just like citizens of other countries where government business is being mismanaged must take the fight to the rulers.

He dismissed the notion that the coalition government between President Robert Mugabe and his former ally Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has turned around the country for the better.

“There should be no comparison, this country, our lives must be judged on the basis of what it should be, and our lives must be ok not what we have. That’s what is giving us problems here in Africa. The lives of Zimbabweans must be well and the People’s Charter is about how people’s life should be and how we should live,” said Madhuku adding that the coalition government “must be fought.

A representative of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU), Jorum Chikwati also urged Zimbabweans to take to the streets and demand their rights.

“Its nice to have these meetings in these hotels but we also have to get onto the streets and fight. if they fight back thats an inch of a victory. we should continue going back into the streets until they stop fighting us back and arresting us like they did in other countries,” said Chikwati.

Speaking at the same meeting Takura Zhangazha took a swipe at the coalition government for ignoring submissions on the People’s Charter which were brought before it.

“We have submitted the charter to the political parties but they have not taken heed of it,” he said.

The People’s Charter which was signed by a host of the country’s civic society groups call for a violence free political environment, a people driven democratic constitution, free and fair elections, an economy that responds to the needs of the people, a society that is caring to the needs of the youth and recognise gender equality.