Zimbabwe People First leader and former Vice-President, Joice Mujuru, has called for urgent leadership renewal, saying President Robert Mugabe no longer had the capacity to continue in office given his advanced age, failing health and the rapid pace at which the economy was collapsing.
Mujuru said this while addressing over 3 000 supporters at her party campaign rally in Binga at the weekend.
She said she decided to visit Binga in recognition of its continued marginalisation by the Zanu PF government since independence.
“The situation now demand a young leader,” Mujuru said, adding Mugabe’s age no longer allowed him to visit such far away areas to see how people were living.
She said the people of Binga participated in the liberation struggle, but neglect by the Zanu PF government has left them with many questions on the reasons why they lost lives to being independence to the country.
She accused the Zanu PF government of throwing spanners in the implementation of the National Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project, because it did not provide them with looting opportunities.
Mujuru, who once visited the area while she was still Mugabe’s deputy, said the project had stalled because of greed and corruption in the Zanu PF government.
“The Zambezi water project should be completed,” Mujuru said.
Addressing the same rally, ZimPF interim women’s league boss, Margaret Dongo, also attacked Zanu PF for ignoring Binga.
She tore into Zanu PF’s campaign to lure youths with residential stands, saying it was a mockery because the beneficiaries of the housing stands had no capacity to develop them, let alone bus fare to visit the sites where the stands were located.