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Zanu-PF symbol 'not gesture of violence'

2012-08-13 14:54

Harare - Zimbabwe's president says his party's symbol of a raised fist was used to fight colonial-era white rule and is not a gesture of violence toward fellow Zimbabweans.

President Robert Mugabe said on Monday that the power of the fist symbol helped the party defeat colonial oppression and urged the nation to prepare peacefully for a referendum on a new constitution and elections afterward.

Brandishing his trade-mark clenched fist salute at a ceremony honouring guerrillas who died in the bush war that ended white rule in 1980, Mugabe described it as "the punch that knocked them down".

He said: "It was not for violence against our own kind."

The last disputed elections in 2008 were marred by violence blamed mainly on Mugabe's Zanu-PF party and led to a power sharing coalition with the former opposition brokered by regional leaders.

Comments
  • cyberdog.breath - 2012-08-13 15:10

    Does this include the gays they are persecuting ?

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-08-13 15:20

      and if i raise my middle finger, that would be sign of affection!

      oom.koos.7 - 2012-08-13 16:48

      MY WORD, THIS OUK JUST NEVER SEEMS TO GET TIRED OF MAKING A D@@S OF HIMSELF. Stand down already, give someone else a chance, stop preaching racial divide. Your starting to sound like the ANCYL , stupid old f@rt..!!!..

  • LouisPVenter - 2012-08-13 15:19

    What is your kind Mugabe? You are a dumb racist pig and murderer!

  • bonge.mpofu - 2012-08-13 15:22

    is this oxygen thief still alive? your peers are dead bob

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-08-13 15:57

    Maybe not, but the slaughter of MDC supporters certainly is.

  • Ian - 2012-08-13 16:02

    Really now, And what do you call starving your people, What a chop

  • Gavin - 2012-08-13 16:08

    what you can't see is the invisible middle finger...

  • gandanga.tororo - 2012-08-13 16:30

    He is hiding something; guess what?

      oom.koos.7 - 2012-08-13 16:49

      His brain..??

  • varena.vahuu - 2012-08-13 17:22

    The fist is truly meant to frighten the old folks in rural areas. If it wasn't for fist then bob should have been gone by now. They have sung " zanu ndeyeropa" meaning zanu is for blood. This fool is blood thirsty. He has even killed his fellow members.

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-13 21:49

    genuinely thought mugzy was holding onto his branch

  • dee.980 - 2012-08-14 00:57

    Please leaders of Africa - focus on BUILDING & GOVERNANCE & PEACE & PROSPERITY FOR THE CITIZENS. This life long obsession of African geriatrics with 'struggle', 'liberation', 'opression', 'kill the boer / imperialists/ bloody agents', and other forever in a state of war mindsets is exaclty why LIBERATION OF MINDS is hindered. Down with Geriatric leaders!!!

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