'Bloodbath if Zanu PF loses'

HARARE - Zanu PF has warned there could be a bloodbath if Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai wins next year’s Presidential elections.

In an interview with South African-based television channel e-News Channel Africa, Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo chillingly revealed how hardliners would find it difficult to hand over the reins of power to Tsvangirai.

The Daily News also managed to exclusively view the whole hair-raising interview.

“I can say it will be a mess. That is what I can tell you; it will be messy. We will be asking for too much from our guys (the military) to accept these people who we all know fought against them and were responsible for the deaths of many of their comrades,” Gumbo said.

“They (hardliners) are human beings; they feel pained by the actions of the opposition and also by the West. I have told people several times that look we laughed at what happened in Libya and we laugh at what is happening in Syria. These things can also happen here. There will be deaths. People could be killed and maimed and so on,” he said.

Gumbo’s warning comes hard on the heels of a recent interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) by Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa in which he made veiled threats to Tsvangirai, insinuating the military would stage a coup detat if he wins the next elections.

“He (Tsvangirai) cannot win. He has been campaigning and mobilising against the interests of Zimbabweans on many issues, whether talking about land, seeking to reverse the gains of the liberation struggle,” Chinamasa told BBC’s  Andrew Harding.

"And this is where the military comes in…. Young people participated in the liberation struggle to gain control over our resources. Many friends died and are buried in unmarked graves. Now if anyone is going to say: 'When I come into power I am going to reverse that,' they (the military) have every right to say: 'Please - you are asking for trouble. You will be asking for trouble.'

Pro-democracy groups, including the MDC have accused Zanu PF of militarising the electoral process, insisting that hardliners in the military would prevent Tsvangirai from assuming power in the event that he wins.

In the same interview, Constitutional Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga said Zanu PF was preparing for another violent election as happened in the run up to the Presidential runoff in 2008.

“Zanu PF is preparing Zimbabweans for another charade as happened in 2008. They are simply saying and if I may use these words ‘if you believe we are going to have a free and fair election then you must believe water flows upstream.

“They do not want elections because if you try and tick our democratisation progress under the Global Political Agreement you will see we fall far short,” Matinenga said.

He said Zanu PF is setting the ground for a no win situation in the next election that will culminate in another GPA so that Mugabe will die in office.

Gumbo said the MDC was sponsored by white farmers and the Westminster Foundation, consisting of the conservatives and the democrats, to reverse the land reform programme.

“How do you expect the military to support these people who were fighting them? Some of these guys’ parents fought against these whites. It’s not that easy for the people in the army to accept and tolerate such a thing (Tsvangirai win) when they know their colleagues suffered; perished during the war. It will be asking too much of them,” said Gumbo.

“There is a history that people fail to understand. For someone to have become a member of Zanu PF’s military wing (Zanla) during the war, they had to be a member of Zanu first. You cannot then expect these guys not to be Zanu PF; they are members of the party,” he said answering a question why military generals supported Zanu PF.

From the infamous straight jacket declaration by then army chief Vitalis Zvinavashe on the eve of the 2002 elections to Douglas Nyikayaramba’s characterisation of Tsvangirai as a national security threat, senior military  figures have consistently made threats against Prime Minister’s win.

Zimbabwe is preparing to hold a constitutional indaba to pave way for the crafting of a new constitution crucial for the holding of elections.

But the process has been marred by haggling amongst the three parties in the inclusive government, including accusations that the military wants to derail the process, allegations it has dismissed.

President Robert Mugabe has already said elections to end the inclusive government will be held in March next year amid growing concerns by the two MDC formations that the environment is not yet conducive for holding of elections.

He, however, insists that the electoral playing field “does not need a tractor to be level, they will never get a better environment than this.”

Comments (6)

Thank God the winners of the second world war didn't think they owned England or that England owed them anything for nothing after that war. This stupid uneducated idea that Zimbabwe can only be run by the war vets is there because they see lots of things they can steal. What if most of the population vote for the MDC, that should tell zpf that most people don't care that a few people died for their freedom that they don't have. People want a change and zpf must stop ranting how they were all heroes and no one else in this country matters. Besides, there can only be a few of the actual fighters left now and they must be very old, so who needs those old ideas except them who are getting things for free. If the MDC wins I hope the military commanders will go to jail for the murders they have committed because they shunned the amnesty offered to them.

Peter Macklyn - 18 October 2012

Thank God the winners of the second world war didn't think they owned England or that England owed them anything for nothing after that war. This stupid uneducated idea that Zimbabwe can only be run by the war vets is there because they see lots of things they can steal. What if most of the population vote for the MDC, that should tell zpf that most people don't care that a few people died for their freedom that they don't have. People want a change and zpf must stop ranting how they were all heroes and no one else in this country matters. Besides, there can only be a few of the actual fighters left now and they must be very old, so who needs those old ideas except them who are getting things for free. If the MDC wins I hope the military commanders will go to jail for the murders they have committed because they shunned the amnesty offered to them.

Peter Macklyn - 18 October 2012

Thank God the winners of the second world war didn't think they owned England or that England owed them anything for nothing after that war. This stupid uneducated idea that Zimbabwe can only be run by the war vets is there because they see lots of things they can steal. What if most of the population vote for the MDC, that should tell zpf that most people don't care that a few people died for their freedom that they don't have. People want a change and zpf must stop ranting how they were all heroes and no one else in this country matters. Besides, there can only be a few of the actual fighters left now and they must be very old, so who needs those old ideas except them who are getting things for free. If the MDC wins I hope the military commanders will go to jail for the murders they have committed because they shunned the amnesty offered to them.

Peter Macklyn - 18 October 2012

I refer to the headline 'bloodbath if Zanu PF loses'. To Rugare Gumbo I say that what is now happening is that most Zimbabweans would like to not be beaten around elections. They would like their houses to not be burnt. They would like youths to respect them, not threaten them. They would like the police to prosecute the criminals and let go the righteous, instead of prosecuting the righteous and KOWTOWing to the criminals and drinking with them. They would like the police to receive their pay and keep bribe money in the evidence locker, instead of receiving their bribes and keeping the innocent in lockup. They would like the army to protect them from foreign threats, and be at peace with the masses, instead of threatening the masses, and giving foreigners peace and protection [mengistu etc]. In 1980 we had the Zim dollar, now we have the currency of our enemy. We had Zesa, now we are rationed. We had water, now we are thirsty and stinky. We had clean roads, now we have a safari journey. We had shirts, now we have zhing zhong. We had cars for African roads now we have cars for Japanese cities. We had rain,and now we have drought. We were given seeds, now we have to buy them. We had fertilizer, now there is none. We had free education, now we sweat to pay. We had medicine in clinics and long lives, now we have bush medicine and die young. We fed the surrounding nations and laughed at their farmers, now our ex-farmers are farming in the surrounding nations and laughing all the way to their banks. We had winter wheat and bread on the table, but now we have bare tables and Argentine wheat. We grew our own chickens and fed our children, but now we have Brazilian chickens and giant children. We worshiped our president and were grateful to the party, but now we live in fear of the president and would be grateful for another party. The Ndebele lived in peace and bathed in clean water, but then they had a bloodbath and no water. The people in Mbare lived in shacks, and enjoyed their property, but now they live in plastic and have no property. We would like the hardliners to be merciful to the president, allowing him to retire, relax at home, have tea in the garden. We would like the president to enjoy his children and talk to them about their dreams, their struggles, and go shopping with them in peace, buying them clothes, sports gear and ipads. Rugare Gumbo makes it clear that a small clique of men are unwilling to let go their power, their money, their glory. He makes it appear that the whole nation can rot while the selfish clique desperately continues to hold on to power. When Paul Getty was the richest man in the world, he was asked how much more money he needed. Couldn't he relax and enjoy his billions? He replied 'I need just a little more'. It appears that the hardliners also want just a little more [or maybe a lot more]. Zimbabweans are now looking for anyone to help them. We are desperate also. May the zookazammzamm party of bulugiland help us ... ANYONE OUT THERE help us get rid of the burden of the nation carrying a small group of selfish people who care nothing for the people. Gumbo has all but admitted it. They wish to exchange our blood for so they can enjoy.... and enjoy ... and enjoy. You were our liberators, but now you are our Goliaths. To the Davids out there, the nation says please help us.

wordwriter - 18 October 2012

I refer to the headline 'bloodbath if Zanu PF loses'. To Rugare Gumbo I say that what is now happening is that most Zimbabweans would like to not be beaten around elections. They would like their houses to not be burnt. They would like youths to respect them, not threaten them. They would like the police to prosecute the criminals and let go the righteous, instead of prosecuting the righteous and KOWTOWing to the criminals and drinking with them. They would like the police to receive their pay and keep bribe money in the evidence locker, instead of receiving their bribes and keeping the innocent in lockup. They would like the army to protect them from foreign threats, and be at peace with the masses, instead of threatening the masses, and giving foreigners peace and protection [mengistu etc]. In 1980 we had the Zim dollar, now we have the currency of our enemy. We had Zesa, now we are rationed. We had water, now we are thirsty and stinky. We had clean roads, now we have a safari journey. We had shirts, now we have zhing zhong. We had cars for African roads now we have cars for Japanese cities. We had rain,and now we have drought. We were given seeds, now we have to buy them. We had fertilizer, now there is none. We had free education, now we sweat to pay. We had medicine in clinics and long lives, now we have bush medicine and die young. We fed the surrounding nations and laughed at their farmers, now our ex-farmers are farming in the surrounding nations and laughing all the way to their banks. We had winter wheat and bread on the table, but now we have bare tables and Argentine wheat. We grew our own chickens and fed our children, but now we have Brazilian chickens and giant children. We worshiped our president and were grateful to the party, but now we live in fear of the president and would be grateful for another party. The Ndebele lived in peace and bathed in clean water, but then they had a bloodbath and no water. The people in Mbare lived in shacks, and enjoyed their property, but now they live in plastic and have no property. We would like the hardliners to be merciful to the president, allowing him to retire, relax at home, have tea in the garden. We would like the president to enjoy his children and talk to them about their dreams, their struggles, and go shopping with them in peace, buying them clothes, sports gear and ipads. Rugare Gumbo makes it clear that a small clique of men are unwilling to let go their power, their money, their glory. He makes it appear that the whole nation can rot while the selfish clique desperately continues to hold on to power. When Paul Getty was the richest man in the world, he was asked how much more money he needed. Couldn't he relax and enjoy his billions? He replied 'I need just a little more'. It appears that the hardliners also want just a little more [or maybe a lot more]. Zimbabweans are now looking for anyone to help them. We are desperate also. May the zookazammzamm party of bulugiland help us ... ANYONE OUT THERE help us get rid of the burden of the nation carrying a small group of selfish people who care nothing for the people. Gumbo has all but admitted it. They wish to exchange our blood for so they can enjoy.... and enjoy ... and enjoy. You were our liberators, but now you are our Goliaths. To the Davids out there, the nation says please help us.

wordwriter - 18 October 2012

“They do not want elections because if you try and tick our democratisation progress under the Global Political Agreement you will see we fall far short,” Matinenga said. Why did Prime Minister Tsvangirai and his MDC party “fall far short” in getting the reforms implemented; they have had the last four years to carry out the task? Sadly instead of pushing the reforms through PM Tsvangirai has been too busy globe-trotting and chasing women – angaita zvingani! – and now the nation is going to pay dearly for it. Another bloodbath; s***t! It is now even more imperative that the COPAC draft is rejected in the upcoming referendum because once Mugabe has this rubbish new constitution there will nothing to stop him holding fresh elections – fresh bloody elections!

W Mukori - 19 October 2012

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