Mugabe pleads for peace

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday re-lived his worst fears, making a passionate plea for unity and peace during primary elections to select party candidates ahead of harmonised elections later this year.

Report by Everson Mushava

Addressing thousands of people who turned up for Independence Day celebrations in Harare, the Zanu PF leader admitted internal selection processes were a problem to all political parties, but warned that police would descend on perpetrators of violence ahead of polls.

“Leaders of all structures, wards, branches, districts and provinces, listen!” Mugabe pleaded.

“We will have elections this year and there will be fighting within all parties when choosing each other. We want it to be done procedurally and people should be left to vote peacefully.”

Mugabe also pleaded for peace before, during and after the elections saying cases of electoral violence would be an embarrassment to a country celebrating 33 years of independence and boasts of having the most educated population in Africa.

This came as serious factional fighting erupted in Manicaland last week and Matabeleland provinces threatening to rip Zanu PF through the middle, forcing Mugabe to shelf party primary elections to choose candidates who will represent the party during the forthcoming elections.

Soon after infighting broke out in Manicaland last week, Mugabe dispatched party national chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo to try and close ranks after the provincial leadership petitioned the veteran leader urging him to rein in party secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa for allegedly fanning divisions.

A faction reportedly led by Vice-President Joice Mujuru is battling with another allegedly led by Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa in the race to succeed the 89-year-old Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since Independence in 1980. The two have, however, denied habouring presidential ambitions.

Zanu PF, which is yet to conduct a selection exercise for its candidates, has been experiencing internal strife over Mugabe’s successor.

Previous Zanu PF primary elections have been marred by violence and accusations of candidate impositions. The party was forced to disband influential grassroots structures – district coordinating committees – last year after serious factional fights and vote-rigging.

Internal fights ahead of polls have also broken out in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party where aspiring MP veteran journalist Geoff Nyarota reported to the police Makoni West MP Pishai Muchauraya for allegedly threatening him with death.

The matter is now before the courts. But Mugabe yesterday said no one should impose himself on the electorate and members who lose in internal political party vetting processes should peacefully accept the verdict and rally behind winning candidates.

The veteran leader admitted the country was under international scrutiny and any form of violence would disgrace the nation. He discouraged the use of force for support by political parties and called for a replication of the peace that characterised the referendum on March 16.

“We are all Zimbabweans although we differ in ideologies. As we go for elections, go and vote your own way, No one should be forced to vote for anyone. The people will make their choices; they are now educated and clever to decide who they want,” Mugabe said.

He also welcomed the re-engagement efforts initiated by Britain, the European Union and the United States of America.

“We hope these efforts will lead to the unconditional lifting of illegal sanctions in Zimbabwe. We will never allow interference in our country, we need respect as a country,” Mugabe said.

Mugabe’s relationship with the West turned sour at the turn of the millennium with the West accusing him of gross human rights violations following the violent land reform programme. Mugabe hit back, accusing the latter of attempting to cause regime change by imposing targeted sanctions on his Zanu PF party.

Tsvangirai, Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe, Arthur Mutambara and other top party officials attended the Uhuru celebrations.

46 Responses to Mugabe pleads for peace

  1. kedo April 19, 2013 at 9:33 am #

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    • Mzansi April 19, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      give us a break and get a life

    • ndabaningi April 19, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

      you are becoming so annoying iwe kedo

    • Kapaward April 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

      Very annoying indeed.
      If you have nothing to offer just stay off

  2. Mzansi April 19, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    ELECTIONS : Our Worst Enemy and Nightmare in our beautiful country

  3. Morgan is More April 19, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Kedo wave kuzotisvota manje, nyarawo vanokusema, uri dako remunhu, taneta nehuduzvi hwako, uri mh******* ta

  4. Babamwana April 19, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Ndokutaura sababa ka uku! Hameno zvavo vamwe vanongoswera vachingopembereka vasingatereri zvirikutaurwa namudhara. Those who are used to playing the violence game & the hate speech mongers should watch out.

  5. Alien 2 April 19, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    The 90 year old fool has lost his brains,
    has 1 leg in the grave and all his
    followers must be buried with him!

    Pamberi na Tsvangirai! Pamberi na Biti
    newungwaru! Pamberi na Lovemore
    Moyo! Pasi nehurumende yedzimbava!
    Pasi na Grace Marufu nevana vake! Pasi
    na Mutasa nemadofo wese! Pasi na
    Muchinguri nemahure ese!

  6. george April 19, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    mataura Gushungo samudhara.

  7. eyewitness April 19, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    Hail good leader. This nation will forever cherish your wisdom. Shame to those who take no heed of sound advice. Kana chipostora chotaurwa …………………(just singing)

  8. Matako echembere April 19, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Well said old man

  9. Phunyukabemphethe April 19, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Peace and Gukurahundism dont go together you know – the two are mutually exclusive!!

  10. tawanda rinos April 19, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    mugabe preaches peace but unfortunately he is not the leader of zanu pf because no one takes his plea for peace so you will possibly see no peace unless God intervines. I hope God will help us to vote peacefully, i encourage every progressive zimbabwean to register to vote. Let us vote for a change, the old man played his part, he is too old to lead now. Zimbabweans who said there is no one better than anyone in any position

  11. farai April 19, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Well said, hezvoko mapurisa sungai mhondi and perpertrators of political violence but Vote for change.

  12. chabvondoka April 19, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    you taught them violence vachiri vacheche, i wonder if they will listen and change , for to them to stay in power for 33yrs it was thanks to degrees of violence you always boosted of in the past. anyway it was a good speech only if you meant it, try harder mudhara we desperately need peaceful and fair elections.maybe if you win this war on violence you may lose the elections but step down with some dignity if you still have any left.

    • Mukanya April 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

      Taura hako mwana wamai. To end a culture of violence that was built in 33 years is a mammoth task. Zanu pf followers are used to killing, raping and maiming zvekuti vakasaona ropa vanorwara. Hameno, tombomupa benefit of the doubt. But I think pane zvaakataurirwa naAndrew Young. His plea for peace and conciliatory remarks are uncharacteristic of him.

  13. Mujudza April 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Mudhara vataura&tym wl tel

  14. Donza April 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Ruse from this old man he must rest

  15. Phunyukabemphethe April 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Falling for the tricks of the 90-year Gukurahundi leader is the most bizarre thing that could happen to a young, astute and educated mind!!

    • baba d April 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

      phunyu respect us.we will say no more to you

      • Phunyukabemphethe April 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

        Who is “us”?

  16. The Devil April 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Rinonyenga rinowhara rinozosimudza musoro rawana. Kufarira n’anga neinobata mai. Zvino kana muchifunga kuti zvakwanzi runyararo mofunga kuti motengesa nyika murunyararo nekuda-‘change’ zvino manyangira yaona kare. Hanzi munhu kana achida kuzvisungirira mupei tambo refu kuti azvisungirire zvakanaka, pasave nechipomerwa. Ndatenda hangu!

  17. Muna April 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    A well-prepared speech.Let us see how they are going to walk the talk in the coming election.Election without intimidation,rape,petrol bombing and political violence is unprecedent in zimbabwe

  18. Poacher April 19, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    @ The Devil. Ndiwe same Dhiyabhurosi here wekumbo threatener munhu paforum imwe chete ino uchitaura zvekumutemhesa nzimbe manjenje?

  19. tambaoga April 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    nyika ino baba ndeye ropa chera chimambaira this song explains abt zanu pf.,

  20. Mwana wevhu April 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    A wolf in a goat skin. Preaching peace in the day while u nicodimusly unlish violence on innocent civilians. Lest we forget 2008. This time no mistake we will overwhelmingly vote u out. I urge all peace loving Zimbabweans to vote this monister called Zanu PF out of power come election time

  21. Phunyukabemphethe April 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    “How can a mere x defeat a gun”;

    “Strike fear in the whiteman’s heart, make them tremble!!”

    “Ngomo zidhumbu, rovai, zimuNdevere!!”

    “The only way to deal with a snake is to crush its head….”

    – Gukurahundi Mugabe

    IS THIS THE MAN YOU WANT TO TELL US HE IS TALKING PEACE? GO TELL IT TO THE MOUNTAIN – SOME OF US HAVE LONG MEMORIES, WE ARE NOT FOOLS

  22. ndabaningi April 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    well said president but, your party unfortunately has blood thirsty individuals who simply cannot do without killing other people. you mean well but you have realised too late that you are surrounded by wicked self serving people who are just using you! zimbabweans have tried for so long to tell you this! your so called cronies did not help keep you in power for good reason! they kept you there so you could be their front! vachiuraya nyika in your name! it has taken the uneccessary loss of so many lives for you to see this baba! it may be too late! Instead some unprecedented chaos may descend on innocent zimbabweans

    • Phunyukabemphethe April 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

      Listen to this – typical – a Gukurahundi trusting the words of another Gukurahundi!!

  23. TICHARWA April 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Apa mataura Gushungo dai mabharanzi achikuteererai pasina nyonganyonga yese iyi

  24. dmob April 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    We hope those with ears will listen , we are tired of violence, intimidation. let free campaigning reign and who ever wins wins.

  25. Chinja 4life April 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Be careful of Bob becacuse he says the opposite of what he actually means. Chenjerai pacharohwa munhu

    • WEZHIRA April 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

      oh yes, he’s not sincere coz peace & democratic elections are deadly enemies to his hegemony.

  26. rodney April 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    totenda maruva tadya hubvu (when we have eaten the fruit, we will thank the flowers)….when we are rid of violance then we will appreciate mugabe’s words.

  27. chidhinhaa April 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    president MUGABE shud not beat around the bush by saying “no violence,no intimidation” nd so forth.Vanhu ngatirohwe ndokuti tizive gwara,ungade kutengesa zviwanikwa zvakafira vanhu vese vaya?

  28. B.Mtetwa April 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    The first and last paragraphs are interesting. Reporter introduces the President respectively with his accorded title, usually its just Mugabe with this paper. However in the last paragraph Tsvangirai is not accorded his title the honour falling instead on his Deputy. Seems PM is falling out of favour everywhere. I think this time around the Oldman now has universal appeal. He has done a great job at reinventing himself.I will definitely vote ZANU PF this time around.

  29. Prolege Propatria Propopulo April 19, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. However, remember that a journey to nowhere also starts with a single step ! Human kind never learns, unlearn and relearn from history. Is it a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing ? Why is it that soldiers deployed in rural areas following June 2008 election were never stood down (withdrawn)? Villagers are being warned to vote for the dear party or else there will another brutal war – worse than that fought against the smith regime. Its only the born free ‘veterans’ who love another war because they never experienced it. Why is it that independent papers are not sold in rural areas? They travel in unmarked Mitsubishi pick up trucks or those bearing old plates 569- ***. On a different note, could you please send an undercover cop to Murehwa Centre, have him sell copies of Newsday newspaper and see what happens to him in broad daylight ! What His Exellency is saying is very noble indeed but the situation on the ground is at variance with his thoughts. ZRP Officers Commanding Districts have been cajoled that the dear party should win the next elections at all costs! Is it that ‘our’ securocrats have absolute power and are the ‘hidden hand’ calling the shots? Time will tell!

  30. Prolege Propatria Propopulo April 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. However, remember that a journey to nowhere also starts with a single step ! Human kind never learns, unlearn and relearn from history. Is it a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing ? Why is it that soldiers deployed in rural areas following June 2008 election were never stood down (withdrawn)? They travel in unmarked Mitsubishi pick-up trucks or with old plates 569-***. Villagers are being warned to vote for the dear party or else there will another brutal war – worse than that fought against the smith regime. Its only the born free ‘veterans’ who love another war because they never experienced it. Why is it that independent papers are not sold in rural areas? Could you please send an undercover cop to Murehwa Centre, have him sell copies of Newsday newspaper and see what happens to him in broad daylight ! What His Exellency is saying is very noble indeed but the situation on the ground is at variance with his thoughts. ZRP Officers Commanding Districts have been cajoled that the dear party should win the next elections at all costs! Is it that ‘our’ securocrats have absolute power and are the ‘hidden hand’ calling the shots? Time will tell!

  31. Mr Power April 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    Zvese hazvina maturo, kudzinganisa mhepo!

  32. zola April 19, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    phunyuvamuphete your comments are on every article a u telling us that you don,t have anything else to do.shaz look fo money than showing yo stupidity every time every where and worse surpoting idiots.young man some guys a busy kupisa fodya and most young guys varikutsvaga mari iwe pese pese phunyu phunyu get away mhani

    • Phunyukabemphethe April 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

      shut up, bloody gukurahundi!

  33. Jongwe Rachembera April 20, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    Hahahahahaaaaa what a joke the man who has degrees in violence is once again calling for peace….this is his code language for more violence to those who oppose him and his cronies.

  34. Sox April 20, 2013 at 3:11 am #

    Phunyu; what is phunyu? Kkkk phunyu means stupid or bobjaan in Afrikaans kumbe isithutha ngeSindebele kana kuti dofo nechiShona kana uri tshidaela ngatshiVenda.

  35. gy April 20, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    the guy is pleading that his machinery stops the violence…the guy is not directing them to stop it! Saka anonzi commander-in -chief sei iye asina simba to make directives. The generals will simply ignore him. See?

  36. gy April 20, 2013 at 5:23 am #

    @Sox; you really made my day! Punyu wamugadzirira size yake! Punyu, ndi Punyu uyu wokuPunyuka pa gukurahundi!

  37. Gestapo April 20, 2013 at 6:34 am #

    “No pencil will take up a country brought up by a gun”. Webster Shamu quoted verbatim on Independence Day and thus rubbishing VaMugabe’s august speech. What Webi is saying is that no change to the status quo will be brought about through a ballot box ! With this mentality why have polls in the first place. Do VaMugabe’s lieutenants enjoy absolute power ? Who is calling the shots, I wonder ?

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