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Grace Mugabe should be taught a little bit of decency - MDC

2016-05-26 11:25
Grace Mugabe. (File: AP)

Grace Mugabe. (File: AP)

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Harare – Zimbabwe's main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has condemned the ruling Zanu-PF party for using school buses to ferry people to the million man march on Wednesday.

According to a previous News 24 report, two ministers allegedly ordered schools in the country to handover buses for the "one million man march" meant to show support for President Robert Mugabe.

Education Minister Lazarus Dokora, together with Energy minister Samuel Undenge, told local headmasters to surrender school buses so that they could be used to ferry party supporters to the march.

Dokora allegedly forced the headmasters into surrendering the school buses, while Undenge instructed them to make the buses available for the march, according to a Teachers and School Development Association.

Reports indicated that at least several thousand Zimbabweans joined in the march that went through the capital Harare in support of the veteran politician.

'Complete disaster'

Local media reports quoted the veteran leader claiming that the march was a "resounding success".

Addressing his supporters Mugabe said that no one was forced to attend the march.

The veteran leader further claimed he had insisted that there must be no violence before the march, New Zimbabwe reported.

"One thing I insisted on during the preparations for this day was that there should be no violence," Mugabe was quoted as saying.  

However, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said in statement sent to News24 that the march was a complete disaster as it failed to even attract 5 000 people.

Gutu said the march was a big failure that only served as an "ego booster to a man who has turned a once glorious country into a failed state".  

"A few thousand people, most of whom had been commandeered to travel to Harare to attend the puerile and utterly purposeless march, turned up for this non-event. In fact, less than 5000 people turned up for this march, whose main agenda was to massage the ego of a nonagenarian who has run down the former jewel of Africa," Claimed Gutu in a press statement.

'Commandist organisation'

The MDC spokesperson further claimed that the ruling party forced at least 38 schools from Mashonaland West to give out buses to transport party supporters for the Mugabe march.

Gutu said the ruling party was "operating like a bandit commandist organisation" as it had forced people to attend the march.

"…The MDC never coerced and/or extorted money and any other material resources from anyone. Zanu-PF operates like a bandit commandist organisation," he said. 

Gutu called on Zimbabweans to use any constitutional means necessary to dislodge Mugabe’s rule.

He further took a swipe at Mugabe’s wife Grace, 50,who stated during her address to crowd at the march, that her "irreplaceable" husband would rule even from the grave.

"The address by Grace Mugabe was coarse and provocative. How can she contemptuously announce to the world that Robert Mugabe will rule from the grave? This woman should be taught a little bit of decency. She shouldn't be allowed to continue insulting the people of Zimbabwe," Gutu said.

Mugabe has been the southern African country's president since independence in 1980. 

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