‘Mugabe must go’ demos rock Zambian capital

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Lusaka — President Robert Mugabe yesterday came face to face with how Zambians feel about his continued 35-years grip on power.

Huge crowds of Zambians yesterday chanted “Mugabe must go!” at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the capital Lusaka. A video of the demo showing hundreds of people waving hands in the air and chanting their protests went viral on social site, YouTube.

It was not clear what sparked the demonstrations or who organised them. It could also not be established yesterday if the demonstrators had managed to get Mugabe’s attention or if the President responded in any way.

Efforts to get details of the goings-on in Lusaka were fruitless last night as Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba could not be reached on his phone. Zanu PF deputy director of information, Psychology Maziwisa expressed surprise at the question saying he was in the dark over the incident.

“Is that so?” he asked. “I am not aware. I am in Zimbabwe.”

The President was hosted to a dinner by the Zimbabwean embassy in Lusaka on Friday evening upon arrival.

Mugabe — who is chairman of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and incoming African Union (AU) chair — is in Lusaka where he went on Friday to attend the inauguration of Zambia’s new president.

This was despite the fact that ballots were still being counted and no winner had been declared.
The Radisson Blu Hotel is the current base of the opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development who appeared to have lost the election by the time of going to press last night.

Ruling party Patriotic Front candidate Edgar Lungu was tipped to win the presidential election after building what appeared to be an unassailable lead against Hichilema.

The elections in Zambia followed the death of President Michael Sata in October last year.

Hichilema, who is believed to have narrowly lost the presidential by-election, has claimed that Lungu stole the polls. He first complained on the very first day of voting, claiming government helicopters refused to carry his observers to the countryside despite an earlier agreement.

On his party website — although he accepted the outcome of the poll — he claimed the playing field was not level.

He said: “We have experienced widespread violence against our supporters and party members throughout the campaign, as well as deep irregularities in the counting process.”

Alluding to discrepancies in the counting of votes, Hachilema said: “We know that democracy lies not only in the voting, but in the counting.”

Hachilema concluded his statement: “We in the UPND, together with our partners and ordinary citizens, will be watching closely and we will be ready to win another election in 20 months’ time under a new constitution. Despite the fact that the election was stolen from us, I urge all our party members and supporters across our country to remain calm and peaceful for the good of Zambia.”

Lungu was set to be inaugurated last night as Zambia’s 6th President.

Mugabe — Zimbabwe’s only President since independence — arrived in Zimbabwe on Thursday from a five-week long holiday in the Far East and proceeded to Lusaka the following day for the inauguration of a new president.

This attracted furore from many quarters who question the rationale of Mugabe’s action given his extended leave in the Far East and the burning issues requiring his attention back home.

Zimbabwean Britain-based lawyer Alex Magaisa asked: “Just heard that President Mugabe [who arrived home yesterday after a long absence] flew to Lusaka for the inauguration of the new Zambian President tomorrow. Now, can someone please tell me, have the results of the Zambian election been announced already? Who is the President-elect of Zambia?”
— By The Zimind Staff/Sapa

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250 COMMENTS

  1. let the fools die whilst they are alive, proudly Zim viva Mugabe viva, we are with you always

    not listening to actions of bitter loosers

    i love you my father President Mugabe

  2. So if Americans came to realise how good is OUR iconic leader and the rest of the world cheered, it means only fools dont appreciate and realise how important this man is to Africa. He castigated America and Obama in his presence for not taking action agaist Israel over its war in Gaza and the world cheered

  3. In case u foolish idiots didn’t know, last year after Mugabe’s speech at the United Nations in America there where demonstrators outside bearing banners and shouting, ” MUGABE IS RIGHT, MUGABE IS RIGHT, MUGABE IS RIGHT…………………….,

  4. bWhat a waste of a man bob is… He has taken a country tat was the breadbasket of our beloved Africa and turned it into a trashcan……. Other African countries should really learn from this waste of space… why can’t he just die and find himself at home in hell.

  5. Who was demonstrating? Where did they want him to go and why? Cheap and stupid tactics. So we should believe Zambians want the SADC chairman to go to an unknown place. This is taking Africans for granted, and looks like desperation.

  6. so then if he goes, does it make Edgar not to be president? lol, indeed…. wat a bunch of loosers! like Tracey Mprgan would say, he’s still the “head niggar in charge” . Robert Mugabe is now part of us, nothing can change that!

  7. Now listen to me you dull Zambians. Mugabe is a monster and he will help Lungu destroy your growing economy. Mugabe shld be chased away whenener he steps into Zambia. Get it from me a Zimbabwean. Our president is useless and greedy

  8. And bena Zambia don’t just demand mugabe’s removal from the high office,this is a lesson next time don’t elect an old man as your president .Mr beche is cheating you does he come from mwana we bhunu like guy Scot

  9. And bena Zambia don’t just demand mugabe’s removal from the high office,this is a lesson next time don’t elect an old man as your president .Mr beche is cheating you does he come from mwana we bhunu like guy Scot

  10. Whch part of lusaka rioted? Mugabe plz fel free, u ar most welcm 2 da land of peace n joy. U ar not in barotseland wr we knw people ar wounded. U ar in lsk.. Plz fl at hom.

  11. Leave comrade Bob alone,He wasn’t there when we were voting,He just came on official duty,unlike HH who is only recognised in southern province of Zambia, mutungamire we nyika ye Zimbabwe must be respected.

  12. I hate Mugabe the way I hate Satan. My relative was killed for just belonging to MDC, unemployment is at 95%, corruption is rampant, Zimbabwe ministers are all murderer s, health care collapsed, water and electricity are rare commodities, roads are an eye sore, poverty is the order of the day, violence and rigging are their survival tools. Mugabe must just go!!!!!

  13. Couver Crosby that once jewel of Africa is now a pathetic nation.if he is a caring father wy is it that he doesn’t want to call it a day and rest.is that not dictatorship.a dictator is news for a country coz even investors will run away with their money leading to massive unemployement.in zim the only industry u see now at bakkeries

  14. You zim guys lf mgabe is the best why is it many zimbabweans are scattered all over the world.they ar being exploited.he gave people land we don’t dispute BT way is he failing to curb corruption.how many farms does he got and his ministers whilst the majority at landless.why does he kill opposition members in times of elections.wy does he rig elections.way did he kill the ndebeles.wy is the economy performing so badly when smith managed to sail thru those sanctions.wy does he hate anyone who critisize his rule.why don’t he give others a chance coz at 91 ther is nothing he can do for the youths.he is now more concerned abt his death only.

  15. In every home there should be a dog or dogs.And a dog can only bark.Mugabe was in zambia officially.This is one fact the zambian opposition should understand.Mugabe leads AU and not some directionless zambian opposition parties.The AU salutes the winner of the polls and WE,as ZIMBABWEANS,look forward tto working with the winner who was chosen by the people of Zambia.Dogs can continue barking.Its the only thing they can do.

  16. In every home there should be a dog or dogs.And a dog can only bark.Mugabe was in zambia officially.This is one fact the zambian opposition should understand.Mugabe leads AU and not some directionless zambian opposition parties.The AU salutes the winner of the polls and WE,as ZIMBABWEANS,look forward tto working with the winner who was chosen by the people of Zambia.Dogs can continue barking.Its the only thing they can do.

  17. To some of us Mugabe empowered Zimbabweans by giving them what belongs to them. If u were in Zimbabwe when the whites owned those farms and most properties u would have a clear picture on how people were still more like reporting to colonialist. I was there and trust me u don’t know. U just read and paint wrong pictures. And never make a mistake saying what u say on Zimbabwean soils because people still love him.

  18. To some of us Mugabe empowered Zimbabweans by giving them what belongs to them. If u were in Zimbabwe when the whites owned those farms and most properties u would have a clear picture on how people were still more like reporting to colonialist. I was there and trust me u don’t know. U just read and paint wrong pictures. And never make a mistake saying what u say on Zimbabwean soils because people still love him.

  19. Why is he obsessed with staying out of the country squantering state funds wen his people ar starving and dying in hospitals coz of substandard medication.honestly this dude no longer has the heart for his people as long as his family and immediate relatives at OK then he is fine.

  20. Why is he obsessed with staying out of the country squantering state funds wen his people ar starving and dying in hospitals coz of substandard medication.honestly this dude no longer has the heart for his people as long as his family and immediate relatives at OK then he is fine.

  21. lusaka voice should cheat those in shangombo and kaputa.who is demontrating here in lusaka.foolish medias like lusaka voice who post gossips should not be entertained.zambia has only one captal lusaka and I can’t see any demo.foolish media

  22. lusaka voice should cheat those in shangombo and kaputa.who is demontrating here in lusaka.foolish medias like lusaka voice who post gossips should not be entertained.zambia has only one captal lusaka and I can’t see any demo.foolish media

  23. Heheheh hahaha let’s b real mugabe is Zambia n lungu is Zim we can swap if we want our parties are one will include a provision 4 swap in da constitutions so that we make haters love us till death

  24. Heheheh hahaha let’s b real mugabe is Zambia n lungu is Zim we can swap if we want our parties are one will include a provision 4 swap in da constitutions so that we make haters love us till death

  25. Those were UPND cadres n HH. Be reminded that Uncle Bob is a Zambian in his own right n he is very welcome to Inauguarate Edgar. Bob the remaining icon of Africa.

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