Mugabe wants peace

2012-08-13 22:21

Harare - Zimbabwe's president on Monday called for an end to violence and hostility as the country moves toward a constitutional referendum and elections.

President Robert Mugabe, 88, in an hour long address at a national shrine known as Heroes Acre outside Harare, said he wanted all parties and religious and activist groups to show tolerance for each other in the coming months.

"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 said, speaking mostly in the local Shona language.

The last disputed elections in 2008 were marred by violence blamed mainly on Mugabe's Zanu-PF party and led to a power sharing coalition with the former opposition brokered by regional leaders.

As the leader clenched his fist and raised it into the air, the symbol for his Zanu-PF party, he reassured Zimbabweans that the image of the fist is not a gesture of violence despite its past use and forceful nature when placed alongside the open hand symbol of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic party.

"It was not for violence against our own kind," he said of the party's fist symbol. Amid violence in recent years, Mugabe has often raised his fist in the air as a warning to political opponents. The raised fist, Mugabe said, was used to fight colonial-era white rule and was "the punch that knocked them down."

He used it on Monday to salute guerrillas who died in the bush war that ended white rule in 1980.

Mugabe has made previous calls for a peaceful transition to a new constitution and polls to end a shaky four-year coalition. But independent rights groups say political violence and intimidation has continued with proposed elections looming.

Mugabe said on Monday he was "delighted the curtain is coming down" on a new constitution after three years of bitter negotiations within the coalition after nationwide canvassing for voters' views on reformed constitutional law.

Mugabe's demands

His party has proposed amendments to the 150-page draft that affect a proposed reduction of presidential powers and, it says, the absence in the draft of contributions it claims were made by its supporters and ordinary electors.

"The constitution should unashamedly reflect Zimbabwe's values and principles. No more, no less," Mugabe said.

Under Zimbabwe's power-sharing coalition brokered by regional leaders, the proposed constitution must be put to a referendum before fresh elections can be held. Prime Minister Tsvangirai has urged his party to support the draft with a "yes" vote in a referendum planned before the end of this year.

His party has expressed fears that if the reforms are abandoned there could be a repeat of the violent and disputed elections. It has accused Mugabe loyalists of trying to sabotage negotiations on the new draft that Zanu-PF representatives took part in creating over three years of delays and bickering.

Mugabe's politburo, the top policy body for his party, is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to agree on the amendments it demands should be included. The former opposition insists Zanu-PF negotiators helped complete the final draft and there's no place for drastic amendments.

"Once there is consensus, we will go for a referendum. It is our expectation elections will fall soon after," Mugabe said on Monday.

Mugabe has threatened to call elections without a new constitution if disputes over the reforms are not resolved.

A panel of lawmakers in charge of rewriting the constitution says that would be in breach of the terms of the power sharing agreement that founded the coalition and paved the way for polls under a democratic constitution.

Regional mediators have proposed mid-2013 as a reasonable timetable for parliamentary and presidential polls.

  • steveroodt - 2012-08-13 22:44

    Yea A piece of everything.

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-08-13 23:05

      Mugabe`s moer , I hope de dies a slow painfull death !!

      jacques.stander - 2012-08-14 04:26

      Butifli said :-)

      walter.o.latham - 2012-08-14 06:26

      The sad, sad fact of the matter was the all the battles were won by the wonderfully trained and efficient Rhodesian Forces. That Government, lead by WWII hero, Ian Smith, had to capitulate, not through Mugabe, Nkomo or any of the other terrorist leaders "victories", but through political and economic pressure. Sadly, Zimbabwe, under the "leadership" of a ruthless and arrogant idiot, has spiraled downwards. It's time for him to be overcome by the will of the people. BUT, will it happen?????

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-08-14 09:44

      This is the same old Three-Card-Trick Trick One - Talk Peace Trick Two - Implement chaos .... implement a secret plan to vilify your opponent with accompanying inaction to investigate ... in order to provoke a reaction Trick Three - Offer War as the only solution to the reaction (of your own actions)

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-08-14 09:53

      I only want one thing. For this murderer to croak, and for his people to be set free from his tyranny. Zimbabweans deserve so much better and more. They have ALL the potential to become a rich thriving country - they have the resources for it. If only they can get up and take it back from this dictator. They thought they were oppressed by the Brits, but they are much more oppressed by their own today than they ever were.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-14 11:28

      Walther Latham, Ian Smith was a very short sighted fool. He was told by Ken Flower in 1963 that even with South African help he would not defeat the insurgency if he declared UDI. Wars are not won by military genius alone but by economic might, that was the lesson of the WWll, so even though the Rhodesian forces never lost a battle they lost the war. As for being a WWll hero, he earned his injuries by landing his plane with the wheels up. What is not in contention is that Mugabe is a corrupt murdering, egotistical genocidaire, who has all but destroyed the economy of the country in his selfish pursuit of power to avoid being tried at the Hague for his crimes against humanity. had Ian Smith and the right wing coterie around him like William Harpur, Lord Graham, Clifford Du Pont, PK Van Der Bijl and "Boss" Lilford not believed the fairy stories in their heads Rhodesian/Zimbabwean history may have been markedly different.

      pisciotta - 2012-08-15 00:13

      Mo.Mat - If the blacks who oppose white assistance continue to hold sway, Zim will not be able to recover on its own even after this "creature" finally picks his nose for the last time. The people are not prepared. There will once again be need for intervention. If the blacks oppose after the last nose-pick, then I say let the life expectancy in ZIm (which now is under 40 years) become as little as 1 day. The land will survive. The people will perish unless they wake up to reason.

  • John - 2012-08-13 23:02

    ROBOT GRABBITALL MAGAPIE will get all the peace he wants when he leaves his body for burial. Government's mandate is to create an orderly PEACE soo that business can be conducted. When this is done one might feel like creating. This will lead to employment. When one is employed one gets a raised sense of self esteem. A raised self esteem leads to less criminality. So uncle BOB have a free and fair election. Then disappear into the woodwork like the worm you are. Your blue blood is of no consequence!

  • dave.prinsloo - 2012-08-13 23:21

    if he wants real peace, he should die

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-14 00:56

    Bob, you're a real bore. What a tragic screw-up you've caused. Now put it right by handing over power to a properly elected person, and go away. You've overstayed your welcome bu 26 years.

  • SunblushStarfish - 2012-08-14 04:10

    There will be peace in Zim. The day this evil awful despicable creature is dead.

  • donnmakaveli - 2012-08-14 05:58

    Ever watched Jack Chan' blockbuster movie, drunken master?

  • donnmakaveli - 2012-08-14 06:05

    To ma people who believe in conspiracy theories:\r\n\r\nStrip away all the involvement of the West, and yhu will be left with the essential unchanging ingredient here: the will and desire of the Zimbabwean people to no longer live under a brutal despot. This is real!. \r\nHave yhu been paying attention to the whole facade called GNU? \r\nIf this isn't all fakery in your eyes? Then there isn't nothing real to yhu!\r\n\r\nTo ma people who do not want to get involved:\r\n\r\nI don't understand your timidity. As noways is this about sovereignty at all but about witnessing the actions of a brutal despot, and simply having a human conscience and wanting to stand in common solidarity with the Zimbabwean people as victims of a brutal despot. \r\nAre yhu saying R MUGABE deserves to stay in power? \r\nOn what legitimacy do you base this judgment? \r\nAs one the common peoples of Zimbabwe I'm speaking to yhu: stand up with us, out of a simple human conscience and a simple set of principles about what is right and wrong in the world. It is not about letting us minding our own business but about doing the right thing in the face of GOD FATHER and humanity. \r\nMy human conscience does not end at ridiculous national borders. \r\nWhy then does yours? \r\nHow can you call yourself a just human being when yhu witness human rights abuses and admire the perpetrators?.

      Raymond - 2012-08-14 06:40

      Please explain \r\n\r\n

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-08-14 08:11

      @Airbone68. It happened too me as well the other day. I was using my tablet and when I created a line space it shows like this(\r\n\r\n or something similar) in the posted comment.

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-08-14 09:57

      \r\n is "return" or enter.

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-14 11:07

      Thanks guys, I thought it was some kind of mxit speech.

      jacques.marneweck.5 - 2012-08-15 01:06

      happens also when u use simbols that this program does not know how to display. I work with alot of the folk of zim :) the sad thing is the ANC likes Mugabe. and even how much the people try for ex. Trying to prevent arms shipment to zim. That the ANC forced durban to give to Zim or the care packiges my aunt's church sent in 2007 to the value back in the 50K that was forced to dump there cargo and hand it over to soldiers.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-14 06:08

    The day someone can stand in the main street in central Harare, and say aloud; "Robert Mugabe has caused misery and destruction in our country" , and not be arrested, beaten up, and tortured, peace will come to Zimbabwe. Not one day before that. Tyranny will continue, and the MILLIONS of Zimbabweans who escaped this madness, will put on hold , to return to THEIR country !!!

  • James - 2012-08-14 06:41

    Pls die mugabe

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-14 06:51

    Looking to make brownie points with God before he dies, so that there will be a place for him in heaven - sorry for you your place is waiting in the other direction.

      bless.boswell - 2012-08-14 07:05

      That's exactly what I was thinking.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-08-14 07:15

    "If people have a difference of opinion and want to defect from one party to another, it must be respected and expressed in elections." Which translate into... "Try voting for another. See WTF happens. We dare you. We double dare you."

  • hilary.woodcockreynolds - 2012-08-14 07:49

    Surely the headline should be \Mugabe says he wants peace.\

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-08-14 07:57

    Mugabe should have been committed - years ago - to a mental asylum by the "so0-called" UNITED nations. After all, who/what ARE they uniting? NOW the fool wants peace? NOW? He could have had it in 1980 when he took over - the idiot! But no ... his hatred of another race consumed him and he in turn, destroyed his own people and that "ex" beautiful country. Peace my foot!

  • marc.rule - 2012-08-14 08:01

    What a load of B.S.

  • jacob.molife - 2012-08-14 09:04

    Wanting peace and working fo peace are far apart

  • david.g.preez - 2012-08-14 09:56

    Mugabe said: "All I want is piece, piece, piece... A little bit of Bulawayo, a little piece of Harare, a little piece of Botswana, a little piece of South Africa..." A little piece of your farm here, a little piece of your farm there, piece of pie here a piece of pie there...

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-14 10:03

    talk talk talk, senile old fool

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-14 10:22

    A sick and evil man that has led his country into absolute devastation and ruin, yet praised and admired by the majority (it seems) of Blacks throughout Southern Africa. Amazing. It seems the more evil and destructive one is as a leader, the more your minions see you as a God. It is truly an interesting phenomenon. The only peace he wants is peace on his terms, not on the basis of democracy.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-08-14 10:39

    Is Zimbabwe free?PITY AFRICA.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-08-14 10:40

    Is Zimbabwe free?PITY AFRICA.

  • kingkongVB - 2012-08-14 10:46

    Peace full election in Zim about the same chance as a peaceful protest or march in SA. Once Mug gabe is gone zim will go into civil war and become what is destine for all African countries.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-08-14 10:50

    AFRICA very CHAOTIC why?

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-08-14 10:51

    AFRICA very CHAOTIC why?

      pisciotta - 2012-08-15 00:05

      Don - the problem is obviously the people. Walking upright does not make one "Human". The 4-legged animals of Africa are more deserving of respect.

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-14 10:52

    a piece of what, white owned farms, why dont you offer the starving masses food parcels for there vote, then you can tell them to f off, thats how our government does things, oh and make sure they remain uneducated too, tit

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-08-14 10:53

    AFRICA very CHAOTIC why?

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-08-14 10:53

    AFRICA very CHAOTIC why?

  • susan.paul.330 - 2012-08-14 11:16

    Since when does this idiot want peace??

  • Hemlock - 2012-08-14 12:23

    For goodness sake Mad Bob-----DIE ALREADY!!!!!!

      pisciotta - 2012-08-14 23:54

      I do not understand. Zim has the lowest life expectancy of any country in the WORLD. Under 40 years for both men and women. Which honestly may not be a bad thing when you think about it. Yet this piece of trash lives on. Wonder if he is really as dead as he looks and some fool Zim learned ventriloquism and has his hand (if not head head) up the a$$ of that putrid carcass.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-14 14:22

    Want peace, Bob? Suck on a cyanide pill ! And...Zim will have peace!

  • jacques.marneweck.5 - 2012-08-15 02:01

    No its swaziland 31. that means at 16 there middel aged. zim is 41. Remember Mugabe has imported docters and mony in "western banks" like sweden. You dont think he believes in the crap he tells Zimbabweans? XD LOL he does not have faith in anything african that is y he has so much hate.

  • susan.lennox.98 - 2012-08-16 17:46

    PEACE (PIECE) Hasnt the bastard had enough! The unquenchable greed of the boar and his pigs at the trough of corruption and greed will never end ...take the lot to Colcum...mind you he probably "owns" that as well!

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