Stop Mu­gabe re­peat­ing vi­o­lence of last poll

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Kennedy Kai­tano

DEAR UN lead­er­ship.

Fol­low­ing a clear de­feat at the hands of Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai in 2008, Robert Mu­gabe with­held the an­nounce­ment of re­sults while he planned how to rob Zim­bab­weans of their sweet vic­tory and force him­self back on the peo­ple.

The strat­egy in­volved mis­rep­re­sent­ing the re­sults to al­low an elec­tion re­run be­cause, un­der Zim­bab­wean law, the win­ning can­di­date in a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion has to win by more than 50% of the vote.

He then hired some Zanu-PF youth, paid from the gov­ern­ment pay­roll, to kill tar­geted Move­ment for Demo­cratic Change (MDC) cam­paign­ers and un­leash vi­o­lence on the elec­torate in or­der to in­stil fear so that they voted for him.

True in deed, hun­dreds of MDC cam­paign­ers were killed; some were ab­ducted from their work­places in broad day­light. It was chaos.

It’s sad that Mu­gabe an­nounced on Satur­day dur­ing his rally in Chin­hoyi that the youth, who had been made re­dun­dant, should be re­in­stated. They had been made re­dun­dant when rev­enue de­clined cou­pled with the fact that the youth don’t do any pro­duc­tive work.

Mu­gabe pre­tended to dis­tance him­self from the vi­o­lent youth be­hav­iour at a rally in Lu­pane two weeks ago, yet the peo­ple he was blam­ing are the same ones who will be re­in­stated to mur­der op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers in the run-up to next year’s elec­tion.

The UN and the AU mustn’t be fooled by Mu­gabe’s an­tics and should tackle him about the vi­o­lence. Don’t leave it un­til it is too late to save in­no­cent Zim­bab­weans’ lives.

He in­stilled fear so that they voted for him

Wellington New Zealand Re­gion

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