Ex-ally warns Mugabe against brutalityFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – PRESSURE is increasing on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after a former ally warned him brutalising frustrated civilians would lead to his downfall.
Cephas Msipa, former governor of the Midlands Province and an ex-Zanu (PF) supremo, said Mugabe (92) risked being consumed by unrestrained public anger.
Msipa urged the leader, in power since 1980, to reach out to political rivals.
“Mugabe has to show statesmanship and rise above partisan politics,” said Msipa.
“Mugabe has to call his rivals or those opposing him and discuss Zimbabwe.Pride will take Zimbabwe nowhere, but to more suffering. It is not fiction that Zimbabweans are suffering; it is a fact that needs redress,” said Msipa.
The warning comes a week after Mugabe threatened unspecified action against opposition leaders and pressure groups for allegedly causing lawlessness.
Mugabe vowed his government will “crush” them.
Msipa warned against such action.
“That won’t put food on the table but cause more anger and frustration and turn into more protests.”
Zimbabweans have in recent weeks engaged in street protests against Mugabe and his regime.
Severe economic hardships and rampant corruption have sparked the demonstrations.
Police have cracked down on the protests.
– CAJ News
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