Zimbabwe

It'll be messy if Tsvangirai wins - Zanu-PF

2012-10-18 14:05
Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. (File, AFP)

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. (File, AFP)

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Cape Town - President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party has warned there could be bloodshed if Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai wins the country's elections scheduled for next year, a report said on Thursday.

Quoting e-News Channel Africa, the Zimbabwean Dailynews online said Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo revealed in a chilling interview how hardliners would find it difficult to hand over the reins of power to Tsvangirai.

"I can say it will be a mess. That is what I can tell you; it will be messy. We will be asking for too much from our guys [the military] to accept these people who we all know fought against them and were responsible for the deaths of many of their comrades," Gumbo said.

"They [hardliners] are human beings; they feel pained by the actions of the opposition and also by the West. I have told people several times that look, we laughed at what happened in Libya and we laugh at what is happening in Syria."

"These things can also happen here. There will be deaths. People could be killed and maimed and so on."

Gumbo's utterances come a few days after Zanu-PF negotiator in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) Patrick Chinamasa was criticised for making the same statements during an interview with BBC.

Chinamasa vowed Tsvangirai would not win next year’s election and that his victory would be unacceptable because of his links to the West.

Pro-democracy groups, including the MDC, have accused Zanu-PF of militarising the electoral process, insisting that hardliners in the military would prevent Tsvangirai from assuming power in the event that he wins.

Zimbabwe is expected to head for elections in March next year.
 

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