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Mugabe calls for violence free election

2012-04-18 16:16

Harare - President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday urged Zimbabweans to shun violence ahead of elections he insists be held this year, in his first public appearance since a new wave of worry about his health.

"We are going to elections and troubles have already started. This is happening not only parties versus parties but within parties as well," he said in an hour-long speech at Harare's biggest stadium.

"All our political leaders should encourage their supporters to promote the spirit of peace and tranquillity through social dialogue," he said.

The speech to mark Zimbabwe's 32nd anniversary of independence from Britain was the first public appearance by 88-year-old Mugabe since he returned from Singapore last week.

That trip sparked new worries about his health, amid reports that he has advanced prostate cancer. Mugabe has repeatedly brushed off concerns about his health.

The government said he went to Singapore to arrange post-graduate studies for his daughter Bona, but his near-monthly visits to the city-state have raised suspicions he is receiving medical care there.

Mugabe's health is a key factor in Zimbabwe's politics, as he has no clear successor. His Zanu-PF party has already endorsed him as its candidate for the next polls.

Reforms first

Mugabe insists elections to choose a successor to his power-sharing government with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai should be held this year.

Tsvangirai wants elections only after a raft of reforms to ensure a free and fair vote, as required under the three-year-old coalition deal.

Every election since 2000 has been marred by violence and intimidation, mainly against Tsvangirai supporters.

After winning a first-round presidential vote in 2008, Tsvangirai withdrew from the run-off citing the deaths of more than 200 of his supporters and the displacement of thousands more.

Comments
  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-18 16:29

    BAWAHAHAHA That's like the ANCYL saying they want an educated leader.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-18 16:30

    That is like a butcher wanting to become a vegetarian!!

  • Susan - 2012-04-18 16:30

    When will this man shut his mouth??

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-18 16:42

      When he kicks the bucket shortly ... watch

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-18 16:42

      When he kicks the bucket shortly ... watch

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-18 16:31

    Yeah...Right....coming from Mugabe...ironic

  • George - 2012-04-18 16:38

    Didn't they say Mugabe is dying somewhere in China.... Viva Uncle Bob 51% no mistake... we love ya

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-18 17:54

      as long as he's dying, it doesn't matter where

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-18 17:54

      as long as he's dying, it doesn't matter where

      Kagiso - 2012-04-18 19:49

      don't feed the trolls

      Kagiso - 2012-04-18 19:49

      don't feed the trolls

  • Honest - 2012-04-18 16:43

    Pachena, 54% kubva kuchidhara. VIVA ZANU PF,ZANU yeropa. Totonga kusvika madhota machinja nevachena.

      lucas.chingonzo - 2012-04-18 17:11

      I wil vote 4 Mr Mugabe this year

      lucas.chingonzo - 2012-04-18 17:11

      I wil vote 4 Mr Mugabe this year

      Ron - 2012-04-18 17:38

      Lucas, your vote has been revoked.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-18 21:39

      Why don't you Zimbabwe citizens go back to your beloved country then..... can not understand why you are here anyway....maybe you can explain!!!

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-18 21:39

      Why don't you Zimbabwe citizens go back to your beloved country then..... can not understand why you are here anyway....maybe you can explain!!!

      Simon - 2012-04-19 12:17

      GO BACK TO YOUR COUNRTY AND HEREO WORSHIP YOUR DICTOTOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL

      Simon - 2012-04-19 12:17

      GO BACK TO YOUR COUNRTY AND HEREO WORSHIP YOUR DICTOTOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL

  • Richard - 2012-04-18 16:53

    What an eedyot!

  • Phala Reuben - 2012-04-18 17:20

    Yes Mr President...no violence....

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-04-18 17:33

    so george , nice african name by the way,http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Politics/SA-welcomes-Zim-refugees-response-20101004 even the news say there there are refugees in south africa ,my grand parents and parents and even i was born in africa , so that make me an african, cause i am born in africa ,so what is your excuse

  • Philemon - 2012-04-18 17:33

    Talk right and walk left.

  • braamc - 2012-04-18 17:37

    Is it back and alive, pitty

  • phathuchicos - 2012-04-18 17:45

    Violence free elections on one condition...if Zanupf wins.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-18 17:54

      haha, exactly

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-18 17:54

      haha, exactly

  • Cris - 2012-04-18 17:46

    Its ironic that those who claim are popular are scared of elections. What kind of change do they want because they also happen to be scared of fighting.

      elizabeth.makuvire - 2012-04-21 09:01

      I will not speack

      elizabeth.makuvire - 2012-04-21 09:01

      I will not speack

  • Andrew - 2012-04-18 17:46

    Tell me what fool would believe this liar and brutal dictator? The ANC and Zuma!!!

  • Angela - 2012-04-18 18:09

    Lead from the front you a$%ewipe - you are the one who is violent. Murdering bastard - the blood of thousands are on your hands.

  • Cornelius - 2012-04-18 18:14

    Mugabe calling for a violent free election? Hmmmmmmmmmm? Can a leopard change its colour? The old man has a tendance of indicating to the left but turning to the right. Surely a hyena can't look after the sheep.

  • Foslo - 2012-04-18 19:18

    I am very pleased about the speach of mr Robert Mogabe, but i think it would be very wise to call all the political leaders to sighn for free

  • Kagiso - 2012-04-18 19:50

    he urged zimbabweans to have a violence free election, no promises of a violence free election from mugarbage...mmmm...why aren't i surprised?

  • Sikhululiwe - 2012-04-18 21:12

    Those with ears here

  • Courage - 2012-04-19 06:38

    Have mercy MaKing

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