Mugabe uses funeral to call for peace

2013-01-21 20:10

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe used the funeral of his vice president on Monday to again call for peace and calm at upcoming elections.

"We want peaceful elections," Mugabe said addressing mourners at the burial of his late deputy John Landa Nkomo at a national shrine in the capital Harare.

"Let us take advantage of the calm and peace we have today," said the veteran leader.

Mugabe is expected to run for a fifth term as president in elections which should take place this year.

Previous votes have been marred by violence, which opposition parties blame on Mugabe's Zanu-PF.

Nkomo's burial was also attended by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who is likely to challenge Mugabe at the polls.

Nkomo, 78, died at a local hospital in Harare last week after a long battle with cancer.

Mugabe said his vice-president was a "unifier" amongst the political parties that brought independence to the country in 1980.

"He was a man of goodwill to all mankind, a peacemaker as others have observed, a unifier of people from different political persuasions," he said.

Nkomo was appointed to one of the country's two vice-presidencies under Mugabe in late 2009.

Responsible for overseeing financial, economic and environmental policy Nkomo, a former speaker of parliament, was seen as loyal to Mugabe.

His Ndebele roots made him useful in checking the opposition Movement for Democratic Change in Matabeleland, a western region where the MDC enjoys strong support.

It is still unclear who Mugabe will appoint to replace Nkomo, or if he will be replaced before the elections.

  • nyikamn - 2013-01-21 20:39

    So all his vice presidents are kicking the bucket and him being the most loathed is hanging on. Joshua Nkomo, Simon Muzenda, john nkomo, joseph Msipa , Canan Banana ( not vice as such but second in command). I will not speak.

      mattewis.kat - 2013-01-22 06:41

      Peace as long as Zanu PF wins the election, war if they don't! There was peace in Zimbabwe until Mugabe drove out and murdered the farmers, and had his people descend into a famine! Typical African dictator hypocrisy!

  • bone.marrow.501 - 2013-01-21 20:40

    Mugabe for President till he die,Zimbabwe must never ever be a colony again.

      warren.slater.353 - 2013-01-21 21:08

      It's this mentality that keeps corrupt politicians in power, There's little hope for any country where the majority are this stupid.

      shades.wanza - 2013-01-21 21:26

      @ warren. Amen to that truth brother

      francois.smith.7 - 2013-01-22 06:26

      Hey Bone, if you do not want to be a colony again, stop selling yourself to the highest bidder. To be a Chinese colony is going to make the British look like saints. Also be careful, the Chinese idea of solving your country's problems is to feed the homeless to the hungry. About Bob, if the people of Zim don't want him anymore, then it is they who decided that and this time: No Mbeki to keep Bob in power.

      bonetastic.comment - 2013-01-22 19:44

      Obvious troll is obvious. Touchè.

  • babavachelsy - 2013-01-21 21:02

    The problem is that Bob is not in charge of the Country anymore. He is just a stooge and there are more powerful forces using him now.

  • simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-21 21:07

    Peace to you too brother.

      avremel.niselow - 2013-01-21 21:22

      Peace to the millions of Zimbabwean refugees in SA.

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-21 21:43

    the old Bob is getting stroger day in day out but when is old becoming too old to die?

      pious.marezva - 2013-01-22 08:34

      long live bob up to 100 years. zim will never be a colony again.

  • mmatau - 2013-01-22 07:33

    Mugabe can just step down and let someone take over then maybe peace will prevail.

  • heinrich.nel.35 - 2013-01-22 10:46

    A little off-topic but related to Zim nonetheless, Mugabe and Zanu is all for indigenisation, but seeing as he is a supporter of a United African nation, does that mean he is disregarding his own policies? He clearly said that at the next AU summit they will discuss the topic of a unified African nation, surely this cannot be indigenisation. Next he will focus on world domination, given he lives to the age of 319 years

  • audrey.gono.3 - 2013-01-24 12:21

    I'm sick n tired bob,who is he trying to fool?only GOD knows

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