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ZIMBABWEANS are to blame for President Mugabe’s prolonged stay in power, a senior official in the MDC party led by Welshman Ncube has said.

Addressing journalists at the Bulawayo Press Club on Thursday, the MDC spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube said Mugabe’s tyranny was an “indictment” on the people of Zimbabwe.

“The indictment is on Zimbabweans themselves you can’t blame him (Mugabe) for wanting to stay in power. We must blame ourselves for allowing him to stay in power if we feel he is no longer capable of being in power,” Dube said.

The outspoken Dube added that the “Mugabe must go” mantra was not a solution to Zimbabwe’s multi-faceted problems, but the whole ruling party must go and its entrenched system of governance must be uprooted.

Dube said Mugabe thrived on a system which Zimbabweans have allowed to persist for too long hence his prolonged stay in power.

Mugabe, who turned 91 last week, has been at the helm of both Zanu PF and government for over three decades, presiding over a failed economy, collapse of the industry, a corrupt administration, controversial and disputed elections, among other ills.

Dube said opposition parties have concentrated on replacing Mugabe with another individual instead of dealing with the whole political system.

“While we have concentrated on the Mugabe must go theory of politics of change what that has done is that it has created a problem it has then said the answer to removing Mugabe is another individual not a system so you have not said in terms of policy, in terms of governance Zanu PF as an entity are not delivering systemically,” said Dube.

“So it’s not a systemic problem as we speak to our politics, it’s an individual problem remove Mugabe and Zimbabwe’s economy will get sorted out. No, the problem is the system that is Zanu PF, the policies that are created by Zanu PF and not implemented by the government.”

Dube said it was high time the country’s political narrative became issue-based instead of focusing on individuals.

“To us it is important that we shift our debate to issues as such we speak to ZimAsset and say brilliant document or not brilliant document, where is the government of the day failing to implement ZimAsset as a tool for economic recovery and economic growth.

“We will then not speak about individuals because individuals will come and go. We speak about the real ethos of the Zimbabwean political system,” Dube said.

Dube said Zimbabweans had been caught up in discussions around the president’s age instead of changing the government.

“We can’t go forever and chase the time and term limits of an individual and get carried away about how old the individual is. The system as a whole is not performing and even after the departure of Mugabe, Zanu PF will be still Zanu PF,” he said.

Source : New Zimbabwe