Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa has said Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will never be allowed to rule Zimbabwe even if he was to win the impending elections.
Mutasa, who is Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, reportedly made the remarks while officiating at an agricultural field day at Bota Business Centre in Zaka, Masvingo province.
His remarks came soon after an opinion poll conducted by the Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI) revealed that Tsvangirai, who is also MDC-T leader, would claim an easy victory over Zanu PF, the revived Zapu led by
Dumiso Dabengwa and MDC-M led by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara.
Mutasa, a member of the Zanu PF politburo, the party’s supreme decision-making body, dismissed the poll saying the MPOI was not a “bona fide survey institute”.
“Who is Tsvangirai? He will never rule this country. Never, ever! How can we let the country be ruled by sell-outs? He will only do so over our dead bodies. If we go to the polls and he defeats Mugabe, Zanu PF and the people of Zimbabwe will not allow that,” Mutasa was quoted as having said in Masvingo on Wednesday.
Yesterday Mutasa declined to discuss the matter saying: “I do not want to hear anything about it. If you continue asking me about this issue I will beat you up. I was not addressing you. I was addressing the people in Masvingo.”
Top Zanu PF officials and security chiefs have in the past vowed Tsvangirai and his party would never rule the country because they were “fronts for imperialists”.
Military commanders have also vowed never to salute Tsvangirai. Mutasa’s comment come as political parties have begun preparations for a possible election next year.
The MDC-T yesterday said Zimbabweans
should not take Mutasa seriously because he “carries very weird views and thoughts”.
“Mutasa is just one Zimbabwean who carries very weird views and thoughts that should not be taken seriously,” said Nelson Chamisa, the MDC-T spokesperson.
“Just yesterday this is the same man who went to Chinhoyi for diesel. Who can trust this man who removed his shoes and almost removed his clothes for diesel to come out of rocks? Who would take him seriously? He lives in cloud cuckooland.”
Chamisa was referring to a case in which a self-professed spirit medium Nomatter Tagarira also known as Rotina Mavhunga claimed in 2007 that she could conjure refined diesel out of a rock.
Mutasa led a group of Cabinet ministers and senior government officials to the rocks to perform rituals which would result in the diesel pouring out of them.
It later turned out to be a hoax and Tagarira was arrested. She eventually skipped the country to evade prosecution.
Chamisa said Mutasa was divorced from the wishes and aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe.
“People want jobs, food and peace. Zimbabweans are asking for fish and Mutasa gives them snakes,” Chamisa said.
“Zimbabweans are asking for bread and Mutasa is moving around with bullets and guns.”
Chamisa said the people of Zimbabwe would resist any attempts to deny the MDC-T electoral victory next year.
He said the liberation struggle was fought to enable Zimbabweans to express themselves freely and to choose a leadership of their choice.
Chamisa said Mutasa’s statements were indicative of a man who was staring electoral defeat in the face.
“That kind of language comes from people who are losing. If you are winning an election you will not move around threatening people,” Chamisa said.
The country is expected to go to the polls next year amid growing opposition from civil society groups, business leaders and other political parties who fear this may plunge the country into violence.