Zimbabwe’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Seeks Mugabe’s Resignation


The People’s Democratic Party of Zimbabwe have called for the immediate resignation of President Robert Mugabe.

Speaking through its party president at a conference in Harare, the party said this call is necessary for Mugabe to make room for a national transitional authority.

 According to Tendai Biti, the ruling Zanu PF party has played a major role in the collapse of the country’s economy which has left nearly 76% of the population living in poverty.

“So as usual, Zanu PF is failing and we don’t expect anything better from them; which is why in the past, we demanded their resignation and as we do now, demand the installation of a national transitional authority to address the challenges of the day,” he said.

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Speaking further, Biti said though the PDP supported the international community’s idea for a reform in Zimbabwe, they cannot support that the Mugabe-led party lead the country in the reform programmes as they (Zanu PF) and the president himself are not capable of taking the country through the transformation.

He added that the Zanu PF was desperate to get hold of the money that could be potentially donated by the International funding institutions such as the World Bank, the IMF and the rest of the international community; thus they resolved to seek means of enticing the donor community.

Zanu PF is not capable of carrying out the sufficient reforms that are required to make this economy have a fundamental and structural turnaround. Our take on that is that, yes, Zimbabwe needs reform, and, yes, the International community should support reform; but in Zanu PF, the international community have no reliable partner,”

“The first element of reforming is obviously to deal with the 550,000 government workers. During the time of the inclusive government, there were 235,000 public servants .These more than 200,000 ghost workers were recruited in the run-up to the 2013 elections,” he said.

Biti therefore opined that no international community should believe the Mugabe-led government especially in dealing with the ghost workers as they were the machinery the party used to steal the 2013 elections. “The bottom line is that the reform process will collapse because there are simply no reformers in Zanu PF, in other words, it is not possible to have reforms when there are no reformers,” he said.

In addition to this, Biti called for the total repeal of the country’s Indigenization and Economic Empowerment Act, saying it served no one except those who were politically connected.

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