Mugabe warns of youth protests in Zim

2012-08-13 20:42

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Monday warned frustration among jobless youths could spark violent protests as the country prepares to vote on a new constitution, five years after deadly elections.

"Youth unemployment and under-employment present one of the biggest challenges facing the nation, which if not addressed, is a potential threat to national peace and stability," Mugabe told about 5 000 people at a memorial for fallen liberation leaders.

"I wish to urge all Zimbabweans, all political parties, religious groups, civil society and other institutions to desist from engaging in violent campaigns during the elections," Mugabe said in the capital Harare.

"Let us fully embrace peaceful, tolerant and non-violent ways of campaigning before, during and after the actual conduct of elections."

Zimbabwe's unemployment rate stands at 90% - most of them young people - as local industry battles to recover from a decade-long economic crisis.

Representatives of Zimbabwe's rival political parties last month finalised a draft constitution which now must go to voters for approval. If endorsed, the charter would pave the way toward new polls.

Mugabe and his rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, have shared power in a rocky unity government after disputed elections in 2008.

Violence, often blamed on militant youths, left more than 200 dead after the polls, rights groups said. Most of the victims were opposition supporters.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-08-13 20:55

    90 percent unemployment and he is still president! Those people that continue to vote for him deserve what they get - sorry to say. But it just makes no sense at all.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-13 21:12

      That dynasour enjoys support amongst the gullible people living in the rural area, and also rigs the elections and enjoys the protection of that useless club called the AU. Besides, over 3 million Zimbabweans have fled their country into SA, leaving old Morgan Tsvangrai without votes.

      smellarat.smith - 2012-08-13 21:36

      There is a game that most children play. A hidden figure is revealed through "Connecting the Dots". Judging by what the voter pools in Zimbabwe, and also in South Africa have been doing, the average citizen just cannot connect the dots. To the credit of the Zimbabweans however, Mugabe was actually voted out in 2008, but his cronies in the ANC (headed by Thabo Mbeki) allowed him to remain on and further destroy his country. FFS, how can the ANCYL keep on holding up Zimbabwe as an African success story, when there is a 90% unemployment rate??? Is this a delusion, or a problem being mentally challenged, or both?

      jacques.marneweck.5 - 2012-08-15 02:09

      well if voting does not end the way he likes he gets to wage war on the voters and Mugabe loves killing Zimbabweans.

  • kim.buren - 2012-08-13 21:05

    Brain dead idiot

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-08-13 21:09

    but 90percent of zim youth are here in Suid Africa.

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-13 21:14

    what a looney tunes wont do to stay in power, get this murdering bastard to the hague

  • ntemi.mark - 2012-08-13 21:15

    things are not good in zim,even mugabe when he's not feeling well he doesn't go 2 zim hospitals,he goes out of the country,that only must have been speak volume 2every body across the world

  • bravo.thai - 2012-08-13 21:21

    I'm still a youth.but i can see,what President Mugabe was doing is wrong.because the peoples who comes from Zimbabwe they are -58%who ran to South Africa.and they are ran because of poverty to make their hands work to sell to us.HE'S 561% wrong

      jacques.marneweck.5 - 2012-08-15 02:15

      True i speak to them every day. One guy had his jaw broken at a MDC bust. he said the soldiers had MDC shirts on then bard and locked the gates then removed the MDC shirts revealing their uniforms then beat everybody there he said there was blood everywhere.

  • tommie.roux - 2012-08-13 21:23

    They are just as stupid as the ones here in SA who keeps voting for the ANC year after year. They don't understand how democracy works. With their votes they have the power over the government, but they just never learn from their mistakes. Zimbabwe might be a little different situation because there you have a dictator with no opposition party.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-13 22:02

    Thousands upon thousands of their youths are employed by businesses in our country. Why?

      jayb.bee.9 - 2012-08-13 22:39

      Johan you got the figures wrong millions and millions

  • neville.chamberlain.509 - 2012-08-13 22:23

    And yet everything that has happened in Zimbabwe is happening here - will Zimbabwe be better off when the old Dictator dies or will the reigns just be given to another tin pot? Will ZanuPF actually hand over power at any stage - especially if they lose at the polls? Same question applies here - will the ANC hand over power if perchance they should fail at the voting booth? I think I can safely say that will not happen - in both instances. SA is a democracy ONLY as long as the ANC/SACP says it is and the people who still believe the Constitution will protect them lives in a fools' paradise

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-08-14 03:00

      Nope, they lost at the polls and Mbeki helped Zanu PF to retain power and make sure that Bob keeps control of the army so that he can steal another one.

  • Eduard - 2012-08-13 22:25

    Mugabe's end is near.

  • johan.maree.5036 - 2012-08-13 22:26

    You caused this 90% unemployment! Now you're going to use violence like you've been doing for the last 30 years and then claim it's the unemployed youth, not your Zanu-PF...? You are a coward!

  • johann.oosthuizen.980 - 2012-08-13 22:36

    Let us fully embrace communism and observe what the outcome would be.

  • kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-08-14 07:19

    He is the root cause for the state of his nation, what he is actually saying is "I" "we" as government will quell any uprising with violent force and reaction, He does not even allow peaceful demonstrations. Zimbobwe needs rid of this parasite to allow this nation to heal and re group.

  • lucebotha - 2012-08-14 08:21

    Let us fully embrace peaceful, tolerant and non-violent ways of campaigning before, during and after the actual conduct of elections." The senile old goat thinks he can fool people, but I think he is scared that some of these youths will actually kill him!

      kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-08-14 09:46

      his demise would not be a bad thing, I am amazed he has not been indicted for crimes against humanity, war crimes etc...

  • msaka.lekhosi - 2012-08-15 22:00

    Zimbabwe's unemployment rate stands at 90% - most of them young people. ANC is getting there. Let them implement 2nd transition.

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