MDC-T organising secretary and ICT minister Nelson Chamisa has challenged President Robert Mugabe to walk the talk if he is sincere on his calls for peace ahead of the next general election.
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Chamisa, who is also Kuwadzana MP, said of Mugabe over the weekend: “He said a lot of things, but of great importance are his calls for peace. I think he deserves to be saluted for this. Here in Kuwadzana we had problems with our library as it was turned into a torture base. Mugabe said no to violence and I support that but my message to him is that words are half the job, he should walk the talk.”
The minister also told residents in Crowborough, Harare, during his feedback meeting that: “Our wish is that there should be no violence come the next elections. The perpetrators should be arrested, Chipangano must be disbanded and those who follow it must be arrested.”
Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have recently urged their party followers to desist from violence ahead of the March 2013 general election.
On the constitution-making exercise, Chamisa said the biggest challenge was the interference by the inclusive government principals.
“The referendum was supposed to be held in December but I doubt that will happen. There will be problems that will require the facilitator. The only thing is for people to choose through the referendum. In most cases, if it goes to high offices, it comes with problems,” he added.
MDC-T youth assembly secretary-general Promise Mkwananzi also told NewsDay that: “We didn’t hear that youths from the Republicans (in US) beat up those from the Democrats because they did not support (Barack) Obama. We also did not hear that there were youths who were detained because they did not share the same views as the President like what is happening here.
There were no queries on the voters’ roll and no delay in announcing the election results. The loser accepted defeat graciously and that’s something that should be emulated.”
Zanu PF Harare provincial youth chairperson Jim Kunaka weighed in saying: “When the President says we want peace, what it means is everyone should follow that. As members of the party and leaders who are at the grassroots we have to educate our people to walk the talk.”