Tsvangirai blames Mugabe for violence

Posted: 17/02/2011 in Mugabe, Tsvangirai, Violence

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has blamed
President Robert Mugabe for the current
politically -motivated violence he says is being
perpetrated by members of the uniformed
forces because the President is answerable for
their actions as the Commander- in -Chief of the
Defence Forces .
Tsvangirai told a public meeting in Harare on
Tuesday that President Mugabe sought to
exonerate Zanu PF from the disturbances
claiming there was no violence in the country .
“ We have a structure where we have a
Commander-in -Chief who purports not to know
what is happening , but indirectly orders the
army to act . The buck stops with ( President )
Mugabe. If they ( uniformed forces ) defy his
orders against violence , then we can say we
have a coup in the country of which I don’ t
believe there is one , ” he said .
“ It’ s not sharing in commanding , but in
responsibilities and hopefully when he comes
back ( from Singapore) we will deal with that . ”
President Mugabe is in Singapore where he is
receiving treatment for an eye ailment, the
nation has been told.
“ Over two years they ( the uniformed forces)
have failed to adjust and refused to let go of
their partisan actions ,” Tsvangirai added . But
presidential spokesperson George Charamba
said the police have a position on the matter.
“ Wait for the President to come and he’ ll talk on
that ,” he added .
The PM poured cold water on speculation the
inclusive government , which turned two years
on February 11 , had outlived its lifespan saying
the three -legged coalition would trudge on
despite the stumbling blocks .
He ruled out talk of an election being held this
year saying those that said so were
misrepresenting facts .
“ The issue of the GPA expiring is a matter of
public concern, but it has been misrepresented
left, right and centre ,” Tsvangirai said . There is
nothing that stipulates a time period . There is
no sunset clause for the GPA and last week
when we had a National Security Council
meeting , someone was trying to mislead us that
there would be elections in 2011 and we said
where are you getting that from? Certain actions
will kill the inclusive government but that would
need lawyers to interpret. ”
He went on : “ The inclusive government will end
if a certain process is instituted and a new
constitution is in place then the President and
the Prime Minister will set the date for new
elections . ” Tsvangirai said the public media was
promoting hate , division “ and even genocide” ,
threatening national security.
“ The public media can go for years singing
( President ) Mugabe ane monya ( President
Mugabe has bouncers) but once the mood of
the people is shifted, you cannot stop them ,” the
former trade unionist said.
“ The major lesson from Tunisia and Egypt is the
sanctity and eventual triumph of people power.
Parties that have lost the support of the people
have no power to hang on . The eventual time of
people power will come. ”
Zimbabwe’ s 2011 agenda, Tsvangirai said , was
to mobilise national, regional and international
support for a road map that would guarantee a
free and fair election . The people had the right
to reject the Copac -led constitution -making
process which had failed the test of legitimacy ,
he said.

MOSES MATENGA | HARARE – Feb 16 2011
18 : 27

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