New Zimbabwe (London)

9 February 2014

Zimbabwe: Nation Ready for Revolution - Makoni

OPPOSITION Mavambo leader Simba Makoni has saluted women's rights group Woman of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) for being torch bearer in the fight against dictatorship and warned that Zimbabwe was now ready for revolution.

In his monthly briefings with journalists called Conversation With Makoni, last Wednesday, the former Zanu PF politburo member said WOZA had endured torture and arrest but persevered.

"I would like to doff my hat off to WOZA they have fought running battles with authorities and shown us the way," said the former finance minister.

"The issue of salaries currently rocking the nation has evoked emotions and Zimbabwe is ready for a revolution. We have taken note of the advice given to us to lead the way and get Zimbabweans to demand their rights."

He said President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle had shown nothing but contempt for Zimbabwean social services.

"The fact that the president of the country sends his eldest daughter Bona to Hong Kong for tertiary education tells you his view of local education despite the fact that he caps thousands of graduates every year who have nowhere to go after that," he said.

"The fact that Mugabe seeks medical attention in the Far East to correct his problematic cataract and the fact that the likes of Saviour Kasukuwere had to wait for his children to be deported from European capital while seeking education in countries they have vilified tells you these people's view of what they want us to consume every-day. They have no respect for us and the service they provide us."

Members of WOZA, Makoni said had picketed at every government institution including ZESA and City Councils demanding service delivery but they have not received the requisite support from the country's political opposition.

"We can do more and we need to work on our internal structures to make sure we respond accordingly to calls for leadership by Zimbabweans who want change. However I must say we will have to endure some pain in order to achieve the change that we all crave for. "Zimbabweans will have at one time or another, suffer if they want to be liberated from this political and economic malaise," the ex-treasury chief said.

The Zanu PF system currently presiding over the affairs of Zimbabwe is entrenched and will require a systematic and dedicated approach to dismantle.

"As we have already seen it is not going to be easy but we have an obligation to deliver change to Zimbabweans, this generation has a mandate to do just that."

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