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Thousands of opposition members participated in a mass rally outside the nation's capital to call for the resignation of President Robert Mugabe, accusing him of neglecting the nation's economy.

At the rally, they listened to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and ex-deputy president Joice Mujuru as t hey denounced Mugabe and called for unity among opposition parties to defeat the 92-year-old president who has held power for almost 30 years.

"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 220km southwest of the capital.

"I don't hate Mugabe but I disagree with him that he gets to 92 and does not want to leave the throne," Tsvangirai told the crowd.

Mujuru, the widow of Zimbabwe's first post-independence army general, was fired from Mugabe's government and the ruling ZANU-PF party in December 2014.

Before being sacked, Mujuru had been seen as Mugabe's favoured choice of successor. She launched her own party in March.

"We want the people of Zimbabwe to work as one not to be divided. Today we found a way of working together to deal with issues affecting us," Mujuru told the rally.

Thousands of Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change supporters and Mujuru's newly-formed Zimbabwe People First chanted "Mugabe must go" at the rally.

Others hoisted placards reading "Where are the promised jobs?" "Stop Abductions" and "No to bond Notes" -- referring to the pending introduction of controversial bond notes, a local token currency equivalent to the US dollar.

Source: Nam News Network

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