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MDC –T takes coup threats seriously

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CAPE TOWN — The MDC-T has said it will engage the international community about comments made by Zanu PF Politburo member and Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa to a BBC reporter.

Report by All Africa

In October, Chinamasa told Andrew Harding of the BBC that the military would not accept an MDC-T victory in the coming elections.

Last week, at a meeting held in Cape Town by the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, an umbrella grouping of civil society organisations, and the University of the Western Cape, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party (MDC-T) said they would take the matter to the African Union and the United Nations if necessary.

Douglas Mwonzora, who is also a co-chairperson of the country’s constitution-making process, described the comments as a threat “to subvert the will of the people of Zimbabwe” in their quest to elect their leaders democratically.

“We are going to fight in the international arena, we are also going to fight it politically and legally,” Mwonzora said.

Qhubani Moyo, director of Policy and Research in the rival MDC party led by Welshman Ncube also blasted Chinamasa’s comments.

“Chinamasa’s pronouncements are clearly a sign of the panic that is there within Zanu PF,” Moyo told the meeting.

Previously, members of Zimbabwe’s security sector have issued similar statements saying that they will not salute Prime Minister Tsvangirai if he wins presidential elections because he has no liberation war credentials.

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