Watch out, PM tells Zanu-PF linked chiefs

2012-10-29 11:44

Cape Town - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has "threatened" traditional leaders he believes are linked to Zanu-PF, saying his party will "deal" with them if he wins next year’s elections scheduled for March.

According to the state owned Herald online, Tsvangirai issued the threat while addressing MDC supporters who gathered in Chiweshe for a memorial rally for the party’s alleged victims of the 2008 election violence.

"To the chiefs, I want to say the current constitution does not allow you to be involved in politics. So, if there are any chiefs who say they are Zanu-PF, I want to warn you that you will regret your action because after the next election, it will be us in power," said Tsvangirai.

However, he did not specify the action he would take against the chiefs as punishment for supporting the revolutionary party.

Zimbabwe Chiefs Council president Chief Fortune Charumbira could not immediately comment on the threats.

Traditional leaders have in the past defended the support they render to Zanu-PF and President Robert Mugabe, saying "the party and its leader have been steadfast in defending the country’s hard-won independence".

The chiefs have also said they would never support any party that fronts for the erstwhile colonisers.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-29 12:40

    That is the way to get votes - threaten them!

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-29 14:31

      Damn the dude is ugly!

      josam.mukucha - 2012-10-29 22:07

      Let them b warned, we also hv a chief here in Buhera West who has threatened 2 chase evr 1 if we dont vote 4 zpf. Hwever he is going 2 b shocked come elections.

  • ben.alexander.16144 - 2012-10-29 12:43

    Typical Africa, whoever is in charge, becomes a dictator.

      wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-10-29 23:58

      It looks that way!

  • alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-10-29 12:46

    You know your country is seriously screwed when the "good guy" is only slightly better than the notorious Robber Mugarbage.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-29 13:10

    How wil he "Deal with them"? It does not sound good for Zimbabwe, a clown fighting a despot.

      wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-10-30 00:22

      This is the kind of talk that Mugabe likes to hear. The irony is of course that Tsvangirai did not need to resort to empty threat but only to ask the chiefs to up hold the law and ensure no one is ill treated or abused.

  • mmoledis - 2012-10-29 19:34

    If democracy is what he is preaching and peace, then such intimidations by leader of MDC are uncalled for, he is showing no signs of uniting Zimbabwe, as a leader he need not have to uter such words and thrests to people he should talk to so that they vote him and get Zim in an everlasting peace, so he is criticising ZANU-PF while he is too the other side of the same coin.It seems Zimbabwe has no opposition then.

  • wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-10-30 00:16

    It is not for failing to support MDC that these chiefs or anyone else must answer but for their failure to carryout their duties to the people of Zimbabwe. Tsvangirai is his blundering is now making it appear as if it is a party political issue. This nation deserve better!

  • zs5zk - 2012-12-29 11:31

    Kill the B@ST@RD Zanu-PF, Morgan. You will do the Country a great favour.

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