Tuesday, February 26, 2013

(NEWZIMBABWE) Biti assassination claim pathetic: Zanu PF

COMMENT - More fun and games from the opposition.

Biti assassination claim pathetic: Zanu PF
25/02/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporters

ZANU PF has dismissed as “pathetic lies” allegations by MDC-T secretary general Tendai Biti of a security services plot to assassinate party leaders ahead of elections expected later this year.

Biti, who is also Finance Minister, told supporters at a weekend rally in Chitungwiza that the party had been alerted to a Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) plot to assassinate its leaders ahead of the new polls.

“Very reliable sources within the security forces (CIO) have informed us that they are going to make attempts on the lives of the leaders of the party,” he said.

“What we want to tell you is that you may kill one person thinking that you have thwarted the process of emancipation, but you will never kill an idea.”

He said the MDC-T was taking the threats seriously since party leaders have previously been attacked by suspected security services agents and hooligans linked to Zanu PF.

But Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo dismissed the allegations as a pathetic attempt by the MDC-T to appeal for financial support from the party’s Western backers.

“These are all, but pathetic efforts by the MDC- T to appeal for sponsorship from their foreign funders on the basis that there is politically motivated violence in the country,” said Gumbo.

“It is disturbing to note that towards elections, when we have agreed that we are going to create a conducive environment for free and fair elections, the MDC- T is still orchestrating plans to discredit other political parties in the race.

“These are manufactured lies and they are only meant to win the hearts of their sponsors. We are not even moved by their lies and what they should know is that we are not going to eliminate anyone from the race that way. We will eliminate them democratically.

Vice President Joyce Mujuru appealed for peaceful election campaigns at the weekend, warning that any violence would attract unhelpful international attention on the country.

“No parent wants to see his or her children fight each other, let alone kill or maim each other. As a mother and a grandmother, I feel strongly about this,” Mujuru told mourners attending the burial of war hero John Mayowe, who was Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
However, the MDC-T claims attacks continue against its supporters across the country.

“The MDC is extremely enraged at the increase of politically motivated incidents of violence taking place throughout the country at the instigation of … Zanu PF,” the party said in a statement Monday.

“The MDC is extremely enraged at the increase of politically motivated incidents of violence taking place throughout the country at the instigation of the chaos faction of Zanu PF.”

Zimbabwe will hold a constitutional referendum on March 16 with elections to choose a substantive government expected later in the year.

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