Zimbabweans celebrate in Perth
MOBILE phones and national flags were the weapons of choice for Zimbabweans campaigning for political change both in the country and abroad.
Zimbabwe-born people living in Perth celebrated news on Tuesday night that Robert Mugabe (93) resigned as president, after 37 years in power.
For many, including Forrestfield’s Michael Taremba (32), Mr Mugabe was the country’s only leader they had known.
The army took control last week after vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa was sacked and people had gathered en masse for peaceful marches in Zimbabwean cities and overseas, including Perth, on Saturday.
Mr Taremba said there was excitement with a feeling of cautiousness about what lies ahead, as the country recovers from the “doldrums”.
“It was all non-violent,” he said, commending the way people maintained peace.
Mr Mugabe’s resignation letter was read out in parliament shortly after the ruling party ZANU-PF started an impeachment process on Tuesday.
Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai said the resignation opened “a new trajectory for the country” where he hoped people would be respected and the rule of law upheld.
Mr Tsvangirai said that should include a transitional government in the lead-up to the next elections.
Mr Taremba said the change would allow investment to take place and restore business confidence.
“It’s going to be for the betterment of one and all in terms of the economy,” he said.
He recently visited relatives who still live in Zimbabwe and hoped the change would lead to a better outcome “not just for the current generation but for generations to come”.
Zimbabwe-born people gathered in Perth on Saturday to support the campaign for change.