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Dabengwa Says Mugabe Has Failed to Govern Zimbabwe

  • Taurai Shava

FILE: Emmerson Mnangagwa, left, Vice President of Zimbabwe chats with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after the swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare, Dec, 12, 2014.

FILE: Emmerson Mnangagwa, left, Vice President of Zimbabwe chats with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after the swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare, Dec, 12, 2014.

ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa on Thursday added his voice to calls for President Mugabe's Zanu PF government to swallow its pride and admit it has failed to run the country.

The former Zanu PF minister said told journalists in Bulawayo that the Zanu PF government should heed calls from the opposition and other Zimbabweans calling for an all-stakeholders’ conference to discuss and find solutions to the country’s continuing problems.

Dabengwa said President Mugabe and his Zanu PF party should collectively swallow their pride and admit that they have failed the nation.

Asked whether he thinks President Mugabe is still in charge of the country, Dabengwa said the president is out of touch with reality, adding the fact that those around him seem to be inept and failing to advise him properly, makes the country's situation untenable.

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai recently ruled out the possibility of going into another coalition government with Zanu PF saying this provides a lifeline to the faction-ridden ruling party.

Dabengwa said Mr. Mugabe should accept responsibility for the problems bedeviling the country.

Meanwhile, a new political party, Zimfirst, officially launched in Bulawayo last night saying it would value ordinary people's contributions to bringing the country out of its current problems.

Spokesperson Makaza Makovore said the party, is led by Maxwell Zeb Shumba, a Zimbabwean currently based in the United States.

With its tag “Honesty, Accountability and Unity”, Makovere said the party will participate in the 2018 elections.

Makovore said his party has no links with the much-talked about People First, an offshoot of disgruntled Zanu PF members purportedly led by former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

Zimbabweans have been criticized for forming too many political parties as they seek to dislodge Zanu PF from power.

Makovore, in his party's defense, said the current crop of political leaders, both in government and opposition, has failed to serve the country.

He believed his party will form the country's next government.

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