Zimbabwe

Zanu-PF 'in love with Mugabe of the 80s'

2013-07-24 13:04
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Cape Town - President Robert Mugabe's party is using images of its leader from 1980 on posters for Zimbabwe's elections because it is concerned that his age has made him a liability, rivals claim, according to a report.

According to Independent.ie, opposition politicians have raised concerns that at 89, Mugabe's age is an issue of national security. If he were to die in office, Zimbabweans fear that a power struggle could destabilise the country.

Nelson Chamisa, organising secretary of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), said Zanu-PF's use of the 33-year-old pictures from when Mugabe first took office showed a "loss of confidence" in the ageing leader.

"Even if you go to get an identification card they won't ask for your picture of years ago, they want the current picture," Chamisa told party supporters at a rally.

"If one uses his picture of 1980... this is fraud and a show of loss of confidence."

Chamisa said that Zanu-PF was also wary of Mugabe's recent record in power, including land seizures, economic collapse and widespread poverty and hunger, and preferred to remind voters of his time as a freedom fighter.

"They are in love with the Mugabe of the 1980s but not the Mugabe of today," he said. "I don't think they want to be associated with the Mugabe of today."

Chamisa's comments come just a week before Zimbabwe goes to the polls to decide which party will rule the country for the next five years, amid claims of skulduggery and vote-rigging.

Read more on:    mdc  |  zanu-pf  |  nelson chamisa  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  zimbabwe elections 2013  |  southern africa

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