Zimbabwe

Mugabe's Zanu-PF 'revives terror groups'

2012-09-19 11:57
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe gestures during the country's Heroes Day commemorations in Harare. (File, AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe gestures during the country's Heroes Day commemorations in Harare. (File, AP)

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Cape Town - President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party has allegedly revived terror groups it used in 2008 to intimidate political opponents, rights group Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition has said in a report.

According to Voice of America, the coalition said members of the terror groups, who usually dressed in Zanu-PF T-shirts, were moving around the country harassing people ahead of the second all-stakeholders constitutional conference and the next general election expected to be held next year.

The terror groups were cited as Chipangano in Harare, al-Shabaab in Kwekwe, Jochomondo in Hurungwe, Top Six in Chinhoyi and Jambabnja in the Maramba-Pfungwe.

Zanu-PF, however, dismissed the allegations, saying the group was trying to tarnish the party’s image.

The report comes only a month after Mugabe called for an end to violence and hostility as the county moved towards elections.

Addressing thousands during the Heroes' Day celebrations in Harare last month, the president urged all parties to show tolerance for each other. 

"If people have a difference of opinion and want to defect from one party to another, it must be respected and expressed in elections. We don't want any more violence or blood spilt," Mugabe was quoted as saying.

The last disputed elections in 2008 were marred by violence blamed mainly on Zanu-PF, and led to a power sharing coalition with the former opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) brokered by regional leaders.
 

Read more on:    mdc  |  zanu-pf  |  crisis in zimbabwe coalition  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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