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Mugabe - fight like wounded beast

2012-12-08 23:19

Gweru - Zimbabwe's long-serving President Robert Mugabe vowed to fight like a wounded beast to retain power in elections due next year after his party formally endorsed him on Saturday as candidate despite his advanced age and reports of ill health.

Mugabe, who turns 89 years next February, has ruled the former British colony since independence in 1980 but denies he has been receiving treatment for prostate cancer in Singapore over the last two years.

Closing a two-day Zanu-PF annual conference that as expected named him as its top candidate for a presidential and parliamentary poll that must be held by next September, Mugabe urged his party to overcome the rival Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

The veteran leader - who now shares power with Tsvangirai in an uneasy coalition following a disputed election in 2008 which was marred by violence blamed on Zanu-PF militants - said Zanu-PF had nearly lost power by under-estimating its rivals.

"We are now like a wounded beast, and lets fight back and win all our power back," he said to a cheering 5 000-strong crowd. "We must mobilise ourselves for a resounding outcome, and the year 2013 will be the year of electoral success," he added.

But Mugabe said Zanu-PF should win next year's vote on its nationalist policies, urging party supporters to avoid violence.

"We do not have to take up spears. Let our policies be our weapons," he said.

On Friday, Mugabe threatened to call an election before the completion of constitutional reforms if his rivals in the unity government dragged their feet over the charter-drafting process.

Zanu-PF, he said, would also press ahead with a drive to force foreign-owned firms including mines and banks to sell majority shares to local black people.

Will not win

Tsvangirai, Mugabe's old rival, says Zanu-PF will not win any free and fair vote and wants a new constitution and electoral and media reforms after the violent and disputed poll in 2008 that was condemned by much of the world.

But Finance Minister Tendai Biti, secretary general of the MDC, told Reuters that Zimbabwe would not be ready for a presidential election until at least June because it needed the reforms to ensure a fair and undisputed poll.

Zanu-PF and the MDC are haggling over presidential powers in the new constitution. Mugabe accused his opponents of delaying tactics to avoid elections.

Mugabe showed no visible signs of ill-health at the two-day conference, spending more than an hour at a time addressing both the opening and closing ceremonies.

Analysts say Mugabe's now increasing warnings that he will call elections soon is meant to keep his supporters ready for battle although some senior Zanu-PF officials have cast doubt on this timeline, given that a referendum on a new constitution should also precede any election, under the power-sharing deal.

Although Mugabe has been calling for a peaceful election, his opponents fear Zanu-PF hardliners led by war veterans and youth brigades who normally run his campaigns will be tempted to resort to violence as the tried and tested method.

Comments
  • blip.noodlum - 2012-12-09 00:28

    s that old bloke in his silly loud yellow jacket taking part in a minstrel carnival somewhere? Playing an air mouth-organ? Or is it some crazy African despot eating an imaginary sandwich, like his benighted countrymen have to "eat"?

      johan.louw.399 - 2012-12-20 15:24

      This clown with the yellow jacket should preformed in a circus and not leading a country!!!Time for him to go!!!

      modernmetaphysicist.modern - 2013-01-10 12:21

      "We do not have to take up spears. Let our policies be our weapons," he said. hahaha this oak is bloody insane, talks so much BS he believes himself, crazy SOB

  • tobydt - 2012-12-09 00:32

    2013 will be the year that bob kicks the bucket.

      bonge.mpofu - 2012-12-09 04:23

      what is the life expectancy of an 89 year old man? if you google, it says 3 years. can't wait really.

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-12-09 00:32

    He has to. He saw what happened to Gaddafi.

  • henry.jackson.9828 - 2012-12-09 00:39

    We all have to admit, mugabe is a sexy beast .

      colin.dovey - 2012-12-09 06:11

      Are you on an "Afro-disiac" @Henry?

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-09 12:29

      Are you running a fever?.......

  • bless.boswell - 2012-12-09 01:40

    Henry, I think you have a temperature ...

  • digger.dighead - 2012-12-09 02:18

    The fact that there are people that still support him is a clear sign that most African countries have a long, long way to go before they free their own minds. It's quite pathetic really....

  • roy.abbott.963 - 2012-12-09 03:33

    hopefully that useless pathetic excuse of a human being will be dead before the next elections and can try and retain power from deep down in HELL........

  • helen.watermelon.16 - 2012-12-09 04:11

    Cant this beast just expire please, enough is enough

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-09 08:21

      This evil man should have been 'put out to pasture' a long, long time ago. Our JZ is a replica - following in his footsteps!!!!!

  • christopher.sambiri - 2012-12-09 06:17

    crazy part hw can someone with common sense endorse person on retiring age to be their president

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-12-09 06:25

    Will someone kill this bastard and become a world hero.

  • mark.webb.50 - 2012-12-09 07:00

    time to die Hitler wannabe

  • ben.nel2 - 2012-12-09 07:17

    Rabid dog

  • Walter O Ntuta - 2012-12-09 07:22

    come on pple is dis 4 real

  • may.bee.988 - 2012-12-09 07:35

    This is a evil man who has done more harm to Africa than good!!! Needs a bullet in the head!! (And the fools still follow him like lost sheep)

  • jason.connell.984 - 2012-12-09 07:46

    One bullet, one Mugabe

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-12-09 07:58

    Chappies Bubble Gum......

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-12-09 08:08

    History will show how this fool destroyed the wonderful Rhodesia and turned it into the Zimbabwian ruins. It will take coloniasts to build it up again.

      kchiguye - 2012-12-09 23:11

      Come on pliz when were u last in zim, u Nid to go c hw zim is being built. No 2 armchair critics

  • jabumokoena.c.7 - 2012-12-09 08:28

    . If his people love him, so be it.

      louiseroger.higham - 2012-12-09 08:46

      Problem is they don't and they can't get rid of him the last election was the proof. He has a massive chip on his shoulder

  • marco.d.rego.5 - 2012-12-09 08:36

    If he loves his country so much why doesn't he get treatment there like the test of the people

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-12-09 08:36

    Same old bull......

  • dirk.cordier.1 - 2012-12-09 08:47

    I dont understand when the auther says and i quote " Zimbabwes long serving president" "serving!!!???" more like Zimbabwes long torturing, manipulating, bullying and genocidal president!!!! (oeps spelling) what a joke!!!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-12-09 09:08

    The Zimbabwians deserve this monster. One must leave them to starve and die of aids. They voted for him let them get what they deserve.

      audrey.gono.3 - 2012-12-09 16:23

      how can someone who is normal say something like this you are crazy stewart.f**k you!

      Henry Kaputa - 2012-12-09 18:34

      Croucamp u sick in mind u mst hve yo farm taken no wonder y u bitter, hw can u wsh for sch thing to human beings lyk u unless you ar not!

      bornwell.dennison - 2012-12-10 14:05

      You obviousily very angry at Zimbabweans,for whatever reason,you need help.Containing anger like that is both unhealthy and stupid,because like one Wiseman once said,"anger is like drinking poison and hope that those you hate will die from it."Seek help because you sound highly compromsed "upstairs".God bless u

  • robert.reeve.7564 - 2012-12-09 09:13

    Sudden death is too good for him. He needs public humiliation and long painful end in poverty.

  • andre.krige - 2012-12-09 11:03

    Sick in the head .

  • keba.mothoagae - 2012-12-09 11:52

    What the hell is wrong with Zimbabweans? As much as this man has vast resources to cling onto power, are the people that spineless in not trying to avoid being sh*t on by a decrepit, irrelevant and near-death fool like that? The ANC is fast approaching his line of thinking, but boy, are we letting them know that we won't stand for it! Even from within the movement! I suppose those within Zanu PF want the status quo to remain so that they can laze about and enjoy the fruit of the land...

      bornwell.dennison - 2012-12-10 14:34

      Keba Mothoagae there is nothing wrong with Zimbabweans and they are not spineless.In Zimbabwe laws are not democratic-friendly as here,there is CIOs everywhere,any negative utterances about ZANU or its Leadership will see you in a police cell indefinitely.For a small garthering like a childs birthday you need police clearance otherwise you get arrested.There is no freedom of speech(yet it is enshrined in the constitution),no freedom of expression,freedom of political choice.Here in South Africa is quite the opposite,you can hold the President and the Govenment accountable without any persecution from Security Forces,you can even critisize the President directly without fear.Zimbabweans are patient,peace loving and civilised poor people,they are in a war but in a civilised manner,its only a matter of time before they win their true democracy

  • Mary Milne Archibald - 2012-12-09 12:02

    He has got the Beast part right- at last.

  • michael.mcn.9 - 2012-12-10 02:09

    Make the wound septic.

  • annie.israel.50 - 2013-01-10 11:38

    Amazing that this evil man is still walking this earth - is it not time for his dismise!!

  • matsutle.aphane - 2013-01-11 13:38

    ITS time for mugabe to go,,,,! or he will DIE on that hot seat,,,!

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