Mugabe wants peaceful poll

2013-04-18 17:38

Harare - President Robert Mugabe marked Zimbabwe's 33 years of independence with a renewed call to shun violence ahead of elections later this year to choose a successor to the country's shaky power-sharing government.

"The country is now due to hold harmonised elections, and I wish to urge the nation to uphold and promote peace," Mugabe told a rally in the capital to mark the 33rd anniversary of the former Rhodesia's independence from Britain.

He told party leaders to avoid exhorting their followers to attack opponents and said he had ordered the police to get tough on perpetrators of political violence.

"You are all Zimbabweans," Mugabe told celebrations attended by government officials including his nemesis Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

"Go and vote your own way. No one should force you to vote for me," said Mugabe, whose ZANU-PF was largely blamed for most of the violence seen during the last elections in 2008. More than 200 opposition members were killed around the run-off vote.

"I urge all our people to replicate the peaceful and tranquil environment which characterised the referendum" last month, Mugabe said.

Zimbabwe endorsed a new constitution in the March referendum, which was hailed by observers as credible.

Mugabe expressed the hope that talks to restore ties with the West will see the lifting of sanctions imposed on him and his inner circle for alleged rights abuses and electoral fraud.

"Zimbabwe welcomes the re-engagement efforts that were recently initiated by Britain and the European Union," he said.

"We hope that these efforts will lead to the unconditional lifting of illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe."

Elections should take place later this year after the expiry of the power-sharing government Mugabe formed four years ago with his long-time rival. A date is yet to be fixed.

Meanwhile Tsvangirai, in his own independence day message, said the end of colonial rule did not bring freedom for all.

"We still have a huge deficit when it comes to respect for human dignity and human rights because we take for granted the people's basic freedoms of assembly, speech and association," Tsvangirai said.

  • dale.johnson.CFC - 2013-04-18 17:42

    Seeing is believing ! Beautiful country I hope they get it right

      Maybi Maybi - 2013-04-18 18:18

      mugabe we know the truth u not incharge its army chief chiwegwa even if u call for peace they wont act on it they wont even let u resign let alone listen to u thanks to baba jukwa facebook we know everything and your rigging plans that is why there will be peace because u wont intimidate the voter but u will rig

      Hein Huyser - 2013-04-18 19:42

      That is Mugabe talk for killing those who oppose him, or those suspecting of opposing him. He needs to-stay in power till he dies because he is scared of the world court, and will trample on anything and anybody in his attempts to do so. A real pity that the anc is supporting him financially though. From all the billions he stole he could finance this election easily, but then we know that un-grace-full handles that chequebook.

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2013-04-18 17:45

    Its time to retire peacefully

  • Stinky Spice - 2013-04-18 17:47

    Talk is cheap!

  • Teboho Mphaloane - 2013-04-18 17:57

    Methings I urge you to vote for me in a peaceful manner (without having to be forced). is what he means

      Enati Nini Mfo - 2013-04-19 09:06

      who does Mugabe think hez fooling? we all know he uses force to get power in that country. shame

  • Amaru Shakur - 2013-04-18 18:16

    Maybe he knows that he might be dying soon so he wants to die with a clean conscious.

      thozi - 2013-04-18 20:23

      Not even Omo can clean that conscience!

      AllcoveredinNinjas - 2013-04-19 08:28

      but it has the foam power ?

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2013-04-18 18:17

    And I want to win the lotto Saturday,and marry Cameron Diaz,...

      Lemole Zemole - 2013-04-18 20:28

      Justin T's sloppy seconds;)

  • Bheki Mpofu - 2013-04-18 18:21

    Oh,cry me a river.

  • Fredy Beehive - 2013-04-18 18:30

    Because his comrade ANC gov promised him R900m

  • Don Mug - 2013-04-18 18:37

    Longlive Zimbabwe,Africa Ahoy!!!

  • Sithembele-Africa Lunguza - 2013-04-18 18:42

    Money reserves are running dry, hence the change of tone!!! Yes Sir we need peace now!!!

  • Democrazy - 2013-04-18 18:45

    Why don't you just peacefully pass away you old goat! You're a cake!!!

  • Rennias Mavengedza - 2013-04-18 19:21

    I really apprcat wht mr mugabe said

  • Mantsho Tlali - 2013-04-18 19:26

    Maybe Mugabe is soon going to leave this Earth.

  • Ronald Van Toorn - 2013-04-18 19:31

    Ha ha ha ha !

  • Joe Smit - 2013-04-18 19:33

    Spell "piece full", Sir!

  • Mable Jacobs - 2013-04-18 19:48

    please follow thatcher already

  • Vince Hobs - 2013-04-18 19:52

    That's very rich coming from uncle Bob!.

  • Mthokozisi Ndokweni - 2013-04-18 20:01

    Pope is helpng mr Bob

  • thozi - 2013-04-18 20:17

    Of course he does, so did his old friend Idi Amin.

  • Musawashe Moyo - 2013-04-18 20:17

    Mugabe is definition of Man among men. I respect you Comrade President General Brigadier Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

      Lemole Zemole - 2013-04-18 20:26

      Good maybe you'll bugger off to your country if he's such a man???

      Musawashe Moyo - 2013-04-18 20:41

      You don't get it,do you?

      Renier Lubbe - 2013-04-18 20:50

      You should have added: Commander in taking for himself: Commander in disregarding his own poor people. Commander in pomp and splendor, Commander in lying...

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-04-18 20:56

      No Moyo, we don't get how anyone can support someone like Bob.

      Tommo Too - 2013-04-18 22:16

      You in hospital???

      Magaya Robert Cele - 2013-05-03 20:43

      He is the hero among heroes.

  • Siphiwe Dlamini - 2013-04-18 20:24

    please retire 'madala'

  • Sam Mayihlome - 2013-04-18 20:53

    Thatcher come and fetch your old mate please! he doesn't want to learn from you that politicians retire, so fetch him.

  • Feeble Gastro - 2013-04-18 21:29

    While Zuma is planning the exact same thing, president for life. He can't afford to retire, for it would mean jailtime for him.

      Amaru Shakur - 2013-04-18 22:05

      U r right,the signs are there.

  • Trevor Roberts - 2013-04-18 21:31

    If anyone believes Mad Bob on this one all their dogs are not barking!!!.

  • Annette Zang - 2013-04-19 07:45

    He is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

  • DerekMain - 2013-04-19 10:20

    Then why is he so afraid of any foreign observers in the country? Don't believe him for a second.

      Magaya Robert Cele - 2013-05-03 20:38

      Why always Africa must depend on foreign obsevers?

  • vernon - 2013-04-19 10:59

    He is always good for a laugh, no violence please ,leave that up to me.

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