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twist to Zim polls as AU enters the fray
Moses Matenga, NewsDay
July 16, 2013
Union will on Friday convene a special summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,
to deal with the contentious issue of elections in Zimbabwe.
The summit has
been necessitated by petitions from the MDC formations to the continental
body accusing President Robert Mugabe of stampeding
the nation into a July 31 poll when the playing field is not
the development yesterday while addressing a Zanu-PF campaign rally
outside Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera, where he vowed to press on
with the elections despite the AU summit outcome or the MDCs’
(the MDCs) have taken the matter to the AU, which used to be our
OAU (Organisation of African Unity), so we have sent (Justice minister
Patrick) Chinamasa to be prepared on the 19th of July. They want
to postpone elections, but that will never happen with the absolute
deceitful British who are supporting that,” Mugabe said.
said the country’s Constitution
demanded that polls be held after every five years making them due
now - on July 31 - without fail.
the possibility of what he called a British-sponsored transition,
saying that was “nonsensical”.
do whatever you want. Your nonsensical talk about transition in
Zimbabwe there can never be any transition from the rule of our
people to any other. There will be no change to the powers we gave
to the people in 1980. There will never be that nonsensical transition.
Keep it to yourself. Filthy aggressors, leave us alone,” Mugabe
It was not clear
what transition he was talking about.
Turning to local
politics, Mugabe said there was no need for Zimbabweans to fight
among themselves, but would certainly stand up to foreign forces.
we will only fight is the one who comes from afar to say I am here
and want to change things in Zimbabwe. That one we will beat up.
On our own we will not fight. Why should we fight?” he said.
“We don’t want foreigners who say you have stayed in
power for too long, give others a chance. No, no puppets, no,”
he said. “We almost lost it in 2008, maybe we had overslept,
we almost lost in broad daylight. That’s why I say be ready
with your fist clenched and eyes alert and not to go back to 2008.”
a dig at MDC leader Professor Welshman Ncube over his stance at
the Maputo Sadc summit which recommended an extension of election
dates in Zimbabwe.
who call themselves professors (Ncube) said during a Sadc meeting
in Maputo that I had erred in proclaiming July 31 as the election
date. He said I did not have powers to do that. Why go to Sadc instead
of going to your own courts? You do not rush to Sadc.
The courts set
July 31 as the election date and so where did Mugabe err? The power
comes from the people,” said Mugabe. “The MDCs are afraid
of their deeds which they showed in the past five years. Some of
them had lost their constituencies, but we allowed them into the
transitional government that we thought would last for 18 months.
They kept on saying they wanted reforms first, but now they have
taken the matter to the AU.”
At the Maputo
meeting of Sadc Heads of State, the regional bloc urged the parties
to the inclusive government to seek an extension of the poll date
and implement reforms. The Constitutional Court, however, dismissed
the application and upheld the holding of the July 31 poll.
threatened to take over conservancies, saying animals were occupying
huge tracts of land at the expense of people.
Environment minister Francis Nhema recently that whenever I fly,
I see acres of space for animals. Our people will have to farm on
It is okay now
because we are around 13 to 14 million, but years later we will
be 20 million and farms will have to be cut to accommodate people,”
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