We won't persecute Mugabe: ZPF

HARARE - An official with the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) says they will not persecute ageing President Robert Mugabe if they assume power in the eagerly-anticipated 2018 elections since the nonagenarian is past his due date.

In a statement to the Daily News, former Masvingo minister of State Kudakwashe Bhasikiti said even though Mugabe and his Zanu PF government have been in breach of the country laws on several occasions — retribution is not on the ZPF agenda.

“Fresh free and fair elections will usher in a new political leadership to extricate Zimbabwe from this demise. No one can persecute such an old man. He has run past his race. The economic laws of diminishing returns are taking their toll on him. No one can expect fruits from a dry fig tree,” Bhasikiti said.

Bhasikiti, who was sacked from the governing party along with former Zanu PF bigwigs, ripped into Zanu PF’s so-called one centre of power.

“It is extremely surprising to hear Zanu PF asking those it expelled or suspended to write letters of appeal. Unashamedly, they set up a kangaroo court to hear those appeals. I just wanted to give free advice to Mugabe and his wife. They should simply apologise to all the people they abused with their unwarranted expulsions and suspensions.

“Nevertheless, they owe all the people they abused by these expulsions and suspensions an honest apology,” said Bhasikiti.

Pointing to recent confessions by suspended and expelled Zanu PF youths that there were used to vilify that former vice president Joice Mujuru Mujuru in 2014 — Bhasikiti said no “self-respecting cadre” should “glorify Mugabe’s’’ abuse by writing unwarranted letters of appeal for there is nothing to appeal for but receive an apology from abusers”.

But Bhasikiti noted that hoping to get an apology from Mugabe is perhaps asking for too much considering that the 92-year-old strongman has never apologised for the Gukurahundi atrocities of

the 1980s which resulted in the death of over 20 000 people.

“This same arrogance and self-denial is seen in the handling of the Gukurahundi massacres. All that is required from Mugabe  . . . is to publicly apologise together with all the soldiers who participated in that ordeal.”

According to Bhasikiti, all what Mugabe has to do is ensure that people who suffered at the hands of his long rule are compensated and find closure.

“This might see Mugabe go to his exit with some dignity and respect as we are all compelled to forgive those who persecute us.”

With the introduction of bond notes the talk of town, Bhasikiti said piecemeal solutions will not solve the country’s economic problems.

And with Zanu PF seemingly ready to embrace comrades who were expelled at the height of the 2014/15 purges Bhasikiti said he would rather die than join “a dead party”.

“I can go on to advise that he (Mugabe) should peacefully resign for he has run down our economy. The plan to reintroduce Zim dollars by the back door through bond notes will do nothing to avert this deterioration as economic performance has long ceased.”

Comments (14)

Words from a wise counselor . This man knows Mugabe in and out. He knows how rude he is . Him and Msipa are real game changers

Sokisi - 13 May 2016

what can you say when you are a zanu branch. you are high on ganja because 94 year-olds are being prosecuted.

josphat - 13 May 2016

For anyone to promise immunity against all criminal prosecution against Mugabe is being irresponsible at best. Mugabe MUST show remorse, conciliation and at least demonstrate that he is capable of self-introspection to acknowledge that it him and his party who are mostly responsible fro our problems today. How can we give immunity to man who continues to lie and pretend that all the shortages or currency and lack of enough food is due to "Illegal sanctions"? Mugabe is said to have been in Gutu today giving tonnes of clothes, and cassava away. First we as Zimbabweans have never known Cassava as our staple, second, why tonnes of bananas? More importantly, where did he get all of these things? That combination suggest to me something fishy. Mugabe has so much blood on his hands, gukurahundi victims and continues to ignore current disappearences of activists. How can we as a nation, with a clear conscience collectively agree to give him immunity? Even posthumously he needs to be condemned unless he can demonstrate with certainty some level of remorse.

gudo - 13 May 2016

uuyeewrrrrrrrrr - 13 May 2016

Mugabe is very arrogant. And Bhasikiti is right in that getting an apology is probably too much. So are only hope is that the opposition manage to remove him in 2018. We pray that this Mudhara doesn't die before then as it will plunge this country into further chaos.

Bhasikiti - 14 May 2016

A poor man stealing food to help save his family will go to Court and in all likelihood be imprisoned and punished for his deed. And this happens all the time here in Zimbabwe - desperately poor people who commit petty crimes are arrested and prosecuted yet the ruling elite rob the country, commit murder by abducting and eliminating people, using tax payers money go on long vacations abroad....and nothing happens to them. These are ugly people devoid of a conscience. They must be prosecuted for their horrendous crimes and be made an example of to the rest of Africa. It is about time we stand up and stop this nonsense. Wake up Zimbabwe.

Mbewa - 14 May 2016

right, because you know that once you do that you will also be persecuted for the crimes you commited when you were part of Zanu Pf. This is a clear sign that this is another puppet party of Zanu Pf created just to split votes during elections

sherpard - 14 May 2016

Bhasikiti...again you are in the wrong basket!!! You the f%$#k are you to extend immunity to Bob. Mind your own ZPF business and stop acting as the Prosecutor-General. Webanga anofa nebanga. Even Nazi officers and second world war criminals are still being dragged to courts some as old as 100 years. In Bangladesh those you committed crimes against humanity faced the music

gamuchirayi - 14 May 2016

Robert Mugabe is the main voice challenging the International Criminal Court over its jurisdiction in Africa. Why? Simply because Mugabe and his cronies fear it. They know only too well the crimes they have committed. The oppression we face today is far worse compared to what we experienced during colonial rule? Mugabe gets away with it only because he is quick to produce his, "I am a victim of colonialism" badge that made everyone feel so desperately sympathetic to him. Not any more....people are beginning to stir and realize the truth. Your days are over Mugabe and all of us will demand proper justice for you and your cronies.

Kokorodza - 14 May 2016

does anybody have evidence of crimes committed by RG?

truth - 14 May 2016

@truth. No heed to be taken of you. You are the type of person who says its midnight when its broad daylight. The furthest you have gone at school is being capable of reading and wrting - anything else zero. In which world are you living ? You will not gain marks by mere showing up on this forum to expose your absurdity. Instead you expose your stupidity which , I am sorry to say, you will find counterproductive for your hidden agenda - not all Zimbabweans are stupid as you may been brought up to think.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 14 May 2016

@masamba akareyo,please stick to substance,which crimes has HE been accused of?we have a sitting head of state,al bashir who was indicted by the ICC,president mugabe has not been,thats the fact and even ghuku is blamed on an overzealous minister of state security,when we debate,kindly expose some of us yu claim are uneducated by quality debate and facts,your puerile rants actually expose yu as the the intellectual dwarf and not me,or simply just be like @samanyika who masks his lack of grasp on issues by writing compositions

truth - 15 May 2016

It is a known fact that this party's members were the ones who were doing all the havoc whilst in the ruling party hence their stance of not wanting to prosecute as they will be doing harm to themselves. They must never be allowed the chance to rule this country as they are full of malice.

Mendeka - 15 May 2016

an intellectual dwarf!!!!kkkkkkkkk@ masamba,i think being branded a tribalist is better kkkkkkk,intellectual dwarf

jojo - 15 May 2016

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