Robert Mugabe, the long time president of Zimbabwe, is facing the biggest opposition to his government as opposition leaders led a mass rally on Saturday, August 13, 2016 against his administration.
According to news agency, AFP, thousands of supporters gathered to hear Morgan Tsvangirai and ex-deputy president, Joice Mujuru, denounce Mugabe’s hold on power, calling for unity among opposition parties.
“The reason we are here is because we need a collective consensus of all Zimbabweans to make sure that Mugabe listens to the voice of the people,” Tsvangirai said in Gweru, some 220 kilometres (140 miles) southwest of the capital Harare.
“I don’t hate Mugabe but I disagree with him that he gets to 92 and does not want to leave the throne,” he told the crowd, gathered in a stadium.
Thousands of Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change, MDC, supporters and Mujuru’s newly formed Zimbabwe People First, ZPF, attended the rally, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.