This drama started when the Economic Freedom Fighter’s (EFF) commander-in-chief, Julius Sello Malema branded members of Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF party cowards for not ensuring Robert Mugabe’s resignation as President.
Malema was speaking at a press conference on Monday when he lashed out at Uncle Bob saying he has ruined the ideals of the African revolutionary project by “overstaying” as President.
“Zimbabwe’s situation is bad,” Juju said. “President Mugabe can’t even control a spade. That’s how old he is. He’s no longer capable of discharging his responsibilities.
“We don’t hate the man,” he continued. “They (ZANU-PF members) can respond and insult us. They are a group of cowards…scared to say to an old man like president Mugabe, ‘Please, with due respect, let go.’
“President Mugabe must let go. The legacy of the land question (is at stake). We are following in his footsteps.
“We are proud of the actions he has taken. But his overstay is not doing justice on the African revolution project. He is destroying his own legacy. It’s bad,” Malema finished.
Reactions To Malema’s Call For Mugabe’s Resignation
Reacting to the EFF’s leader attack on the ZANU-PF lord, a Zimbabwean member of parliament, Psychology Maziwisa describe Juju as a “little and irrelevant man” trying to gain support.
“(I’m) not bothered at all by Julius Malema’s latest ranting. He is a little and irrelevant man who is trying desperately to gain political mileage in South Africa by insulting a great man in Zimbabwe,” Maziwisa commented.
Similarly, Zimbabwe’s Information Minister, Chris Mushohwe describe Malema as a “loud mouth Gucci revolutionary” pursuing a pro-white agenda.
On behalf of ZANU-PF, Mushohwe pitied and dismissed Malema as an “ignorant youth”.
“…He is nothing more than a shrunken, talkative joke.
And in typical fashion of political charlatans, he seeks to make up for his inner political deficiencies by projecting himself as a trans-border, continental politician who fancies himself big and cute enough to pass comment and judgement on developments elsewhere on the continent.
His preposterous claim that his treacherous, pro-white, neo-colonial politics find inspiration in the figure and politics of President Mugabe is a hard-to-suffer insult.
There is just no meeting point between the two politics, let alone between this puny, struggling person and President Mugabe,” Mushohwe remarked.
Mushohwe’s sentiment is similar to that of the BLF (Black First Land First) in South Africa. The political party in a statement, asserted that Malema has become the bulldog of white capital.
Upholding that the new attempts of regime change for the recolonization of Zimbabwe are made from South Africa by agents of London, BLF said:
“…Hands off President Robert Mugabe! Only the people of Zimbabwe shall remove their president through popular will.
The call by EFF leader, Juluis Malema, to remove President Mugabe is an instruction from their London handler, Lord Robin Renwick.
Malema changed his tune on Mugabe after meeting Renwick and others under the secret rules at Chatham house in October 2015. It must be remembered that in February of the same year, Malema had been calling President Mugabe an African hero.”
EFF’s Statement On ZANU-PF’s Response To Calls For Mugabe’s Resignation
Meanwhile, the EFF issued another statement on ZANU-PF’s response to their call for Mugabe’s resignation reaffirming that President Mugabe’s occupancy of the position of president is not good for the radical African political program.
Mugabe is the bastion of the reactionary phenomenon of ‘lead to the death’ that has crippled the image and praxis of post-colonial Africa, said the Fighters.
According to the EFF, President Mugabe is the contemporary engine of personality cult, and, is protected by a group of cowards around him.
These cowards EFF buttressed, hypocritically defend Mugabe while they harbor the ambition of being elevated to leadership positions.
“We are unequivocal that revolutions ought to promote programs and not personalities. The continent needs heroes who will be able to stand firm on the objectives of the African revolution whilst allowing democratic practices and succession of leadership.
His example is contradictory to this ideal since it directly or indirectly promotes the phenomenon of refusing to leave office until death.
Before the ZANU-PF and its youth wing respond to the EFF about the charge that they are cowards; they should ask themselves a simple question – what is revolutionary about being led by a person in old age; who sleeps all the time in meetings, can no longer even hold a pen or write half a page?
Failure to respond to this question signifies not that they are afraid of others, but of President Mugabe.”
To the EFF, it is disappointing that the ZANU-PF Youth is defending and advancing an “anti-youth statuesque” when youth movement across Africa are fighting for change, questioning the transformation of liberation movements into old age homes and “general gerontocracy”.
“This is because there is actually no youth in the ZANU-PF Youth. What you find are middle age men and women, half of which are suffering from a mid-life crises,” EFF explained.
And, added that ZANU-PF Youth members should be ashamed of themselves for holding the future from being born in Zimbabwe.
“We shall never tell lies as revolutionaries; all the anti-colonial struggle icons like Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela, Julius Nyerere knew when it was enough and handed over the baton to others.
“The African revolution must always distance itself from all forms of personality cults; insistence that President Mugabe must lead to the grave is a sign that ZANU-PF is drowning in cowardice,” proclaimed the Fighters.
Malema Praised For Demanding Mugabe’s Resignation
Now, the EFF leader has gained the respect of opposition parties in Zimbabwe for speaking out against the everlasting leadership of Robert Mugabe.
Speaking, the Secretary General of Zimbabwe’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) – Godern Moyo said:
“We are very glad that Malema was blind before and now sees. We thank Malema and hope other leaders across Africa would be like Malema and call a spade, a spade.”
Likewise, Thabitha Khumalo, the spokesperson of the MDC-T (Movement for Democratic Change Zimbabwe – Tsvangirai) party said:
“What Malema is saying…is true and all we are asking from them is to please stop listening to themselves but to the people.
Being revolutionary should not be costing us our livelihoods like it is doing. We have been reduced to an educated nation that remains poor and lives fictitiously poor lives.”
Above all, Mugabe has indicated that he’ll be standing in for re-election come 2018.