Watch out, PM tells Zanu-PF linked chiefs

2012-10-29 11:44
Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. (File, AFP)

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. (File, AFP)

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Cape Town - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has "threatened" traditional leaders he believes are linked to Zanu-PF, saying his party will "deal" with them if he wins next year’s elections scheduled for March.

According to the state owned Herald online, Tsvangirai issued the threat while addressing MDC supporters who gathered in Chiweshe for a memorial rally for the party’s alleged victims of the 2008 election violence.

"To the chiefs, I want to say the current constitution does not allow you to be involved in politics. So, if there are any chiefs who say they are Zanu-PF, I want to warn you that you will regret your action because after the next election, it will be us in power," said Tsvangirai.

However, he did not specify the action he would take against the chiefs as punishment for supporting the revolutionary party.

Zimbabwe Chiefs Council president Chief Fortune Charumbira could not immediately comment on the threats.

Traditional leaders have in the past defended the support they render to Zanu-PF and President Robert Mugabe, saying "the party and its leader have been steadfast in defending the country’s hard-won independence".

The chiefs have also said they would never support any party that fronts for the erstwhile colonisers.

Read more on:    mdc  |  zanu-pf  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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