BUHERA — Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Friday warned perpetrators of political violence that they would invite the wrath of avenging spirits should anyone lose life in political skirmishes.
Report by Moses Matenga
Addressing diplomats and villagers during a field day at his rural home in Humanikwa village in Buhera, Tsvangirai said phenomenal development could be realised in the country should Zimbabweans heed the call for peace.
“Perpetrators of violence are inviting avenging spirits by killing each other. Our voices are now getting hoarse as we condemn violence. President (Robert) Mugabe is also saying it every day. We say no to violence in the forthcoming elections. If we heed this message, our country will develop and God will help us go through this transition,” he said.
The Premier said the country had the potential to become the fastest-growing economy not only in Africa, but in the world. The area’s
traditional leader, Chief Makumbe, urged the people of Buhera to be exemplary in heeding the call for peace.
“Prime Minister Tsvangirai and President Mugabe are speaking against violence in rural areas every day. Here in the PM’s area we want to be exemplary and not embarrass the PM,” he said.Chief Makumbe urged headmen who were present to go back and preach the gospel of peace to their subjects.
Responding to a demonstration in which some villagers last Thursday accused him of diverting water to his mother’s homestead the PM said he did not bar anyone from drawing the water.
Recently Zanu PF Midlands chairman and governor Jason Machaya paid restitution to the family of MDC-T activist Moses Chokuda who was murdered by his son Farai and three others in 2008.
Machaya paid 35 head of cattle and his son was slapped with an 18 year jail term for murder.