Mugabe predicts resounding victory

2013-03-02 22:56
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File, AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Special Report

Joice Mujuru's fate lies in Mugabe's hands
Joice Mujuru's fate lies in Mugabe's hands

Zimbabwean Vice President Joice Mujuru's fate now lies in the hands of President Robert Mugabe after she was barred from contesting a seat in the ruling Zanu-PF party's highest decision making organ.

Bindura - Zimbabwe's president, celebrating his 89th birthday, said on Saturday he believes he will resoundingly defeat his opponents in elections this year and remain in power for another five years.

President Robert Mugabe cut an 89 kilogram cake at a sports arena in this mining town of Bindura, about 90 kilometres northeast of Harare. Youth groups of his Zanu-PF party said they walked to the bash to celebrate his "walk through a life of struggle against colonialism and Western imperialism".

Mugabe said he was confident his Zanu-PF party will triumph at the polls and accused his rivals of claiming a recent increase in political violence was intended to cover up an upcoming election defeat under the guise that the polls would not be free and fair.

The nation's central bank governor donated 89 cows to Mugabe.

Mugabe said he was moved by the gifts and all the "giving hearts" of his supporters.

"The love that comes from the heart is far more valuable than the presents," he said.

The local provincial governor Martin Dinha promised that free food at the venue for an estimated 20 000 people was plentiful and later in the evening there was to be "entertainment galore."

Shaky coalition

Officials of Mugabe's party reportedly collected donations of $600 000 for the occasion. As about 1.5 million Zimbabweans across the nation rely on food aid in the troubled economy, a diamond mining firm linked to Mugabe's loyalist police and military who control the eastern diamond fields helped pay for the two metre long cake, the biggest of five lavish cakes on display.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, in a shaky coalition with Mugabe brokered by regional leaders after violent and disputed elections in 2008, was in central Zimbabwe on Saturday launching his party's campaign for a 'Yes' vote in a referendum on a new constitution on March 16.

Parliamentary and presidential elections to end the coalition that are scheduled later, possibly around July.

The death of the 12-year-old son of an aspiring Tsvangirai election candidate in an alleged arson attack last Saturday was publicized with photographs of the charred corpse by Tsvangirai's party to attract international news headlines, Mugabe said.

He said police investigations into the death were still to be concluded. But police said on Friday foul play was not suspected in the fire in a rural eastern stronghold of Mugabe's party.

In a nationwide birthday broadcast on state television late Friday, Mugabe said the coalition had become dysfunctional and was "never meant to go on forever".

Building a false picture of violence - Mugabe

He said Tsvangirai's former opposition wanted to cling to the financial privileges and power that belonging to the coalition gave them.

"They want to enjoy the ride to the maximum, they have never had it before and they know they will never have it again," he said.

"They are building a false picture of violence which we do not know anything about," Mugabe said.

Mugabe militants and loyalist security services are blamed for human rights abuses and vote rigging in previous elections over the past decade.

Radios banned

Human rights and civic groups say they have been the target of a worsening clampdown by police this year.

In February, four groups were raided and had documents and equipment seized. On Friday, police seized 180 cheap, hand-cranked and solar powered radio receivers from a media freedom group in the second city of Bulawayo.

Police have banned the radios, saying they are capable of receiving what they call pirate stations beamed from outside the country that are not controlled by Mugabe's state broadcasting monopoly.

The Centre for Community Development, an independent pro-democracy and education charity, said Saturday the clampdown was intended at cowing civic groups campaigning for free and fair polling.

"These trends are consistent with a venal and authoritarian state that has no regard whatsoever for people's rights and freedoms," the group said.


Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange

Good Morning, Mr Mandela tells the extraordinary story of how a young woman had her life, beliefs, prejudices and everything she once believed in utterly transformed by the greatest man of her time. Now R221. Pre-order now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25


It may be hard to stay cool, calm and collected. Your emotions can get quite heated in the moment. You may benefit from finding a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.