Mugabe's Zanu-PF 'revives terror groups'

2012-09-19 11:57

Cape Town - President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party has allegedly revived terror groups it used in 2008 to intimidate political opponents, rights group Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition has said in a report.

According to Voice of America, the coalition said members of the terror groups, who usually dressed in Zanu-PF T-shirts, were moving around the country harassing people ahead of the second all-stakeholders constitutional conference and the next general election expected to be held next year.

The terror groups were cited as Chipangano in Harare, al-Shabaab in Kwekwe, Jochomondo in Hurungwe, Top Six in Chinhoyi and Jambabnja in the Maramba-Pfungwe.

Zanu-PF, however, dismissed the allegations, saying the group was trying to tarnish the party’s image.

The report comes only a month after Mugabe called for an end to violence and hostility as the county moved towards elections.

Addressing thousands during the Heroes' Day celebrations in Harare last month, the president urged all parties to show tolerance for each other. 

"If people have a difference of opinion and want to defect from one party to another, it must be respected and expressed in elections. We don't want any more violence or blood spilt," Mugabe was quoted as saying.

The last disputed elections in 2008 were marred by violence blamed mainly on Zanu-PF, and led to a power sharing coalition with the former opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) brokered by regional leaders.

  • rick.machiavelli.1 - 2012-09-19 12:09

    Par for the course with these zanu-pf thug criminals

      jeremy.thewasp - 2012-09-19 13:20

      Mugabe should be sent to The Hague for War atrocities, he is nothing more than a Dictator Monster who has completely destroyed a once beautiful nation into a pile of ashes, whilst enriching himself and his family....yet Malema looks up to him... Hang Mugabe and Hang Malema for Boer Genocide!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-19 14:34

      Free and fair elections, Zimbabwe style, have started. If the opposition had any balls, they would refuse to take part in this scam!!

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-09-19 14:54

      Can we please have proper intelligence on this - it should not be too difficult for SA or for SADC to verify this and then have honourable Zuma and dishonoured Mbeki voice their opinion on this?

  • james.bondiski - 2012-09-19 12:20

    kill the thug!!!!

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-19 12:24

    Who was injured?

      jackie.m.dickson - 2012-09-19 13:01

      Over the years? Tens of thousands. And you never hear about it on the news naturally. Bob is an evil deranged creature and behaves worse than a bad tempered child that cant get its way. His followers are no better. If they cant talk people into voting for them they beat & kill them....great advert to their fellow men & women. He is as bad as Idiot Amin he just hasnt been caught yet. I believe that in years to come they will find many many mass graves and the rest of the world will pretend to be surprised. I wish Bob a very slow & painful death. I will definitely be partying & celebrating his "riddance" for a long time to come.

      hendrik.breed - 2012-09-19 21:01

      Remember the 5th brigade, comrade?

  • hein.huyser - 2012-09-19 12:25

    Proof that you can never trust these dictators. Say one thing but do exactly the opposite Same in South Africa Proof is all around us One question that begs to be anwered is what will anc do if they lose the next ellections? Will they give up power? One wonders what will they do if the majority of the people tell them it's time to go now?

      dimitripappas - 2012-09-19 12:52

      I doubt anybody really cares... if all the public cares about is getting them OUT of leadership so that we can place more competent people in their positions, then why should we sympathize about their fate once they're out? They're only wrecking the country right now - so they must just adapt to society like everyone else has to, and the right people should get the job - no more politically-correct sympathy, it's cr@p like that which explains precisely why we're in the predicament we're in right now.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-19 12:27

    And this is a surprise why? Mugabe wants to win at any cost, even if he has to kill the opposition and anyone else who gets in his way, because he has an over inflated sense of self and besides that he actually has the impression that it is his God given right to rule that country as he sees fit and no one else will do as good a job as he.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-19 12:52

    They should rather revive their cricket team

  • morama.sebata - 2012-09-19 13:16

    I have the problem with the name of the source"Voice of America"! I thought they were going to report on American economy which has reached a point of no return based on the crap Americans are in. Mugabe must be intimidated by the west but satnd firm.

      gregory.martin.5070 - 2012-09-19 13:26

      They have food,unemployment numbers are dropping,good health care,freedom of speech, etc and their people are not fleeing their country.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-09-19 13:24

    Here we go - right on cue.

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-09-19 13:41

    zuma and his clowns will now push to get the "loan" to their hero for more T-shirts, guns, etc.

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-09-19 14:43

    I'm sure the ANC are taking notes on how to run a "successful" election... It would be tragic if Magabe dies before answering to charges of crimes against humanity in an international court. Here is an intersting statistic for the day: farmers brutally murdered in Zimbabwe since 1994: 128 (one hundred an twenty eight). Farmers brutally murdered in South Africa since 1994: 3,000 (three thousand). Even Magube isn't brazen enough to sing "kill the farmer" or "bring me my machine gun" in public.

  • johnny.matsetse - 2012-09-19 15:37

    Recently there was a report that MDC has lost support to ZANU PF ,Majority of Zimbabweans especially those living as refugees in South Africa will ensure that they Vote for the ruling ZANU PF,Therefore they will still remain In SA enjoying their new found good life

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-09-19 16:47

      Idiot, those 4 million fled the evil ZANU-PF regime. You are brain-dead!!!

  • varena.vahuu - 2012-09-19 18:50

    Mugabe is just like a car which indicates left and turn right. Never listen to what the old horse say. He is a lair.

  • Chaapo - 2012-09-19 23:01

    They have always been there operating under the radar so there is nothing new here except those who wanted to believe the lies that all was now well.

  • Cameron - 2012-09-19 23:31

    Goota love these mornic Bob romantics.......heres an idea, why dont you move there then???

  • bornwell.dennison - 2012-10-09 15:01

    If these Groups dont belong to ZANU why do they not get arrested because we all know how swift the law Agents in Zim are in arresting oppenents of the ruling Party and detaining them for long periods without trial.It is as clear as daylight that these are ZANU agents trained to harrass and torment the masses into submission and instil fear so that people vote for ZANU.If they werent on ZANU payroll they wouldnt last a day on the street.You dont have to look far to see what I am saying,ask Groups like WOZA and MDC their meetings are stopped before they even start, so ZANU should stop playing childish political games and work for peace,tranqulity,reconstruction,prosperity,reconciliation,tolerance and unity for everyone regardless of political affiliation.This will benefit everyone including ZANU,Zimbabweans are tired of these nonsensic political games and selfish propaganda-Zimbabweans all over the world regardless of your political inclination,we all need peace lets continue praying like the Israelites being freed from Egypt we will be freed from our predicament-God bless you all

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