Ex Zim minister calls on Mugabe to quit

Ex Zim minister calls on Mugabe to quit

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s former information minister Jonathan Moyo yesterday called on President Robert Mugabe to step down, saying he had “lost grip” on reality for refusing to talk to the opposition.

“The only option left for Mugabe and his Zanu-PF government is to take an early constitutional exit by resigning now and giving Zimbabweans a peaceful, democratic and constitutional opportunity to talk to each other and resolve the country’s worst crisis in living memory,” said Moyo, now an independent member of parliament, in a statement. He said that Mugabe’s refusal to open a dialogue with the opposition “is the clearest indication that he has lost grip of the deteriorating political and economic crisis” in Zimbabwe.”If Mugabe does not trust Zimbabweans to the point of not wanting to talk to them, then he clearly has no business being their president,” said Moyo.Mugabe this week reiterated his view that he will not hold talks with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, which he has dismissed as “unwitting stooges and puppets” of former colonial ruler Britain.Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 25 years since independence, said on Monday that he would rather talk to British Prime Minister Tony Blair.But Moyo said that talking to Blair would not “save Mugabe from the inevitable fact that he and his government have failed the nation beyond recovery.”Zimbabwe is reeling from severe food and fuel shortages, sky-high unemployment and hyperinflation in a country that was once the bread-basket of southern Africa.Moyo, who was information minister for four years and architect of Zimbabwe’s repressive media laws, fell out of favour with Mugabe in December last year in a row over party leadership changes.He won election as the member of parliament for the poor rural area of Tsholotsho, in southwestern Zimbabwe, in the March elections even though Mugabe travelled to his constituency to campaign against him.- Nampa-AFPHe said that Mugabe’s refusal to open a dialogue with the opposition “is the clearest indication that he has lost grip of the deteriorating political and economic crisis” in Zimbabwe.”If Mugabe does not trust Zimbabweans to the point of not wanting to talk to them, then he clearly has no business being their president,” said Moyo.Mugabe this week reiterated his view that he will not hold talks with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, which he has dismissed as “unwitting stooges and puppets” of former colonial ruler Britain.Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 25 years since independence, said on Monday that he would rather talk to British Prime Minister Tony Blair.But Moyo said that talking to Blair would not “save Mugabe from the inevitable fact that he and his government have failed the nation beyond recovery.”Zimbabwe is reeling from severe food and fuel shortages, sky-high unemployment and hyperinflation in a country that was once the bread-basket of southern Africa.Moyo, who was information minister for four years and architect of Zimbabwe’s repressive media laws, fell out of favour with Mugabe in December last year in a row over party leadership changes.He won election as the member of parliament for the poor rural area of Tsholotsho, in southwestern Zimbabwe, in the March elections even though Mugabe travelled to his constituency to campaign against him.- Nampa-AFP

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