'Zimbabwean Spring' Looms As 1000s Celebrate Mugabe's Imminent Exit

Tens of thousands of jubilant Zimbabweans joined rallies on Saturday to celebrate the imminent departure of President Robert Mugabe, the only leader they’ve known since independence in 1980.

As Bloomberg reports, Mugabe triggered his own downfall by firing Emmerson Mnangagwa as his vice president last week, a move that prompted the military to intervene and place him under house arrest.

On Friday, the ruling party’s 10 provincial committees resolved to oust the 93-year-old president, a decision likely to be ratified at a meeting of its central executive on Sunday.

The nation’s parliament is due to reconvene on Tuesday and could impeach him should he remain steadfast in his refusal to resign.

In Harare, the capital, crowds gathered at Zimbabwe Grounds in the Highfield township and at Freedom Square in the city center, while smaller groups marched through the streets, singing and dancing.

A rally in Bulawayo, the second-largest city, also drew thousands of people. Some protesters draped themselves in the national flag and others embraced soldiers who kept watch on the festivities.

Several street signs bearing Mugabe’s name were ripped down...

"This is it, he must go,” said Ronald Mupfumi, a 29-year-old unemployed graduate who joined the throng in Harare’s streets.


“These guys made us suffer for a long time."

As a reminder, under Mugabe’s watch, the economy has imploded, leaving 95 percent of the workforce unemployed, according to Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions estimates, and forcing as many as 3 million people into exile.

“We are at the dawn of a new era,” Patrick Chinamasa, who Mugabe fired as finance minister last month, told the crowd who gathered in Highlands township. Mugabe “should resign forthwith. The criminals who surround him must be arrested and thrown in jail.”


Speaking at the same rally, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguridenounced the First Lady and called on the crowd to “march to State House to remove the tyrant.”


“If there is ever to be a Zimbabwean Spring, today’s marches are the first green shoots,” Charles Laurie, head of African analysis at Bath, U.K.-based Verisk Maplecroft, said by email.


For the first time in 37 years, Zimbabweans stood today as a united people. The mass public demonstrations are intended to ensure there is no backsliding as the notoriously wily Mugabe seeks to negotiate an exit to the unprecedented political crisis.”

While hope is clearly high for a new and positive change, we have seen this picture before in Africa...


ParticularlySt… BaBaBouy Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:31 Permalink

Racial division exists in Zimbabwe-Rhodesia:"The name "Zimbabwe" stems from a Shona term for Great Zimbabwe, an ancient ruined city in the country's south-east whose remains are now a protected site.""Zimbabwe's first president after its independence was Canaan Banana [Yes, really.] in what was originally a mainly ceremonial role as Head of State. Robert Mugabe, leader of the ZANU party, was the country's first Prime Minister and Head of Government.""Opposition to what was perceived as a Shona takeover [in 1980] immediately erupted around Matabeleland." "The region is named after its inhabitants the Ndebele people.""Mugabe was Shona, a community that made up around 70% of the country's population, while Nkomo was Ndebele, a tribal group who made up only around 20%."

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wildbad BaBaBouy Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:58 Permalink

an ex GF was born and raised in Rhodesia in the '60s and gushes about how cool it was..at least for whites.

Mugabe is 91...on his way out in any case. They will use the same Mugabe apparatchiks that flow hierarchically into every aspect of society there.

There will be no saviour for these people. The brain trust which helped make this land a genuine wonder has left and a mixture of corruption, culture and poverty will assure that any heads which pop up during this transition will be swiftly rounded up and buried far from sight.

this is just a transition to the next psychopathic greed monster which thrive so well on african soil.

enjoy the parade.

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BritBob Sat, 11/18/2017 - 14:06 Permalink

Free Robert MugabweFree, Free, Free, Robert MugabweFree Robert MugabweTwenty-one years in captivityHis shoes too small to fit his feetHis body abused but his mind is still freeAre you so blind that you cannot seeI say Free Robert Mugabwe Cha cha cha

Abapom BritBob Sat, 11/18/2017 - 16:17 Permalink

Bobby BobbyI can hear euphoria in Britan and suitcases being packet to return to Zimbabwe and colonise them again ...Darn Zuma and Mugabe, how dare he takes best quality land from British people in zimbabawe.When Brit Bob shows up in Zimbabawe everybodu bow !lmao...Botswana is British ok. ok...we will not touch neighbouring botswana yet... .... dude get out of there...one they they Shona and Ndebele will get educationand then you british scum will get what u deserve. Dont cry then...   

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lincolnsteffens Abapom Sat, 11/18/2017 - 18:11 Permalink

I wouldn't defend the brutal hand of Colonialism nor the resulting dysfunctional legacy of Colonialism that destroyed the indigenous culture. However, ( yeah, yeah, here comes the excuses ) rapidly expropriating land and businesses of the former British subjects caused dramatic economic upheaval to the detriment of most of the population. No question the Colonial masters took wealth and labor from their Colony but Mugabe with the aid of his supporters not only took what the previous Colonizers did but ended up causing a failed State.  The last 20 years of misery is far worse than before the brutal expropriation of what the whites developed.

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Is-Be lincolnsteffens Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:51 Permalink

On the contrary.The accounts books show that Rhodesia was costing Britain money. It was a liability, not an asset.That is why the British dropped it. They weren't getting any profit from their expenditure.Did you think that the City of London would abandon any venture that was actually making money? Really? Of cause not!The problem that the City of London had was that the colonials were no longer loyal idiots of Mother England.The same thing happened in America and led to the American declaration of independence, on which Rhodesia carefully modelled, in order to drive home a point.

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Synoia Sat, 11/18/2017 - 14:16 Permalink

Typical First Generation  post colonial African leader, except for his longevity.Milirary coup.Possibley better Governance after the military step down.Why does Zimbabwe need a Military? Who are they going to fight?Zim is an absolutly beautiful country. Better than ZA, and ZA's wonderful.

Is-Be cynicalskeptic Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:40 Permalink

not that the wealth extracted ever went to the locals.

On the contrary. Us colonials were born in Africa. The Portuguese, for instance had been in Mozambique since the 14th century.Our lives were bound up in the fortunes of Africa. The problem was that we asked the rest of the world to actually PAY for our products (Oh, the horror!)Go read "Confessions of an Economic Hitman." All will be laid out before your eyes.

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Sizzurp Sat, 11/18/2017 - 14:25 Permalink

I’m sure the next guy in line will be nothing more than a younger version of the same thing. Just another step towards the inevitable return to hunter gatherer culture.

Atomizer Sat, 11/18/2017 - 14:37 Permalink

Raise note to three trillion dollars. Back in my obnoxious years, gave strippers Zimbabwe currency. The girls thought they hit the lottery. I stopped the pranking after Mrs Atomizer entered my life. 

any_mouse Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:39 Permalink

Which thug will take over the national rackets next?

Maybe a Harvard/Yale/Columbia graduate with CIA connections is available? With a birth certificate that proves they are a natural born citizen of Zimbabwe.