Former Vice-President Joice Mujuru has joined numerous other Zimbabweans to call for President Robert Mugabe to resign immediately saying the 92-year-old lead president is responsible for the corruption that has brought the country to its knees.
Mujuru who had previously served as a government minister since independence in 1980 and as Vice President from 2004 to 2014, told thousands of party supporters at her maiden rally as Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) president at Sakubva Stadium Muturu, that President Mugabe must forced to account for the $15 billion diamond money he claimed was siphoned from Chiadzwa.
Mujuru who claimed not to know anything about the operations in Chiadzwa when she was the vice president, went on to accuse the president of appointing corrupt people into his government and for the pilfering of State resources.
“Corruption is one of the issues that have caused the total economic crises we are facing as a country. If someone steals cattle they are jailed for nine years and yet we see corrupt officials being promoted. Those who engage in corrupt activities should be fired,” she said
According to her, President Mugabe is good at keeping all his economic activities a secret. Hence, he would be fully aware of the whereabouts of the $15 billion because he worked closely with the responsible minister.
“We are facing a collapsing country. Mugabe should just say he has failed and stop assaulting people. He should resign and call for fresh elections where the people’s preferred candidate takes over,” she said.
Mujuru Speaks On Police Brutality
Expressing her anger over police brutality on citizens, Mujuru said the force should demonstrate professionalism and stop relentless attacks on hapless civilians who are pursuing a national cause.
“There are people admitted at hospitals over police brutality. Is this what we we went to war for? No, this should not happen. We know that police should maintain peace and not ignite civil unrest, that is what we expect as People First,” she said, adding that war veterans were angry that what they fought for was not what was obtaining in Zimbabwe.
“We are worried about attacks against some progressive countries, you never know one day you may want to be assisted by them, we are going to look everywhere as People First and give hope to the people of Zimbabwe,” she said.
“We used to know Manicaland as the home of Tanganda Tea, where we got timber and fruits, but there is nothing we can point at now, all roads have potholes,” she said.
She therefore called on traditional leaders to desist from meddling with politics. “If you want to join politics, come and join and leave your leadership” she said, adding that leaders should also not politicize food distribution.