Mugabe's Presidential Candidature, A Scandal: ZAPU

At the end of its 12th national people’s Conference on Saturday Zanu-PF announced that it has resolved to instruct the party (Zanu PF) to immediately dissolve the inclusive government and call for elections next year and endorsed Mugabe to be its candidate for the presidential elections.

In a statement issued on Sunday morning, Zapu spokesperson for the southern region, Methuseli Moyo, said by insisting that elections be held next year Zanu PF is setting itself up for “hollow” victory.

“Zapu is concerned that Mugabe wants to call for an early election at his own terms so that he can bulldoze his way back to power like he did in June 2008. We want to warn him and his followers that the people of Zimbabwe will not let that happen again.

“It is in Mugabe and Zanu-PF’s favour to lose a free and fair election than to “win” a disputed election. A ‘victory’ similar to the last one would be hollow and impossible to enforce this time around.

“We call on Mugabe and his party to do the right thing for once, by letting the constitution-making process go through and then hold elections afterwards.

“It is not reasonable to force a referendum and elections all in one year. Logically, the referendum should come mid next year and elections in 2013,” he said.

Moyo said his party was happy that Zanu-PF had endorsed Mugabe as its candidate as this “will give Zimbabweans the perfect chance to remove the old man from power themselves”.

“At least the people will feel symbolic measure of revenge over a man who for 31 years has persecuted them through Gukurahundi, Murambatsvina and other evil operations and ruined their future through his self-serving, reckless economic and land policies.

“Mugabe is not Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe is not Mugabe. The nation should not be bulldozed to fit into his scheme of life. We owe him nothing. He has been prime minister and president for a good 31 years. What more does he wants?” he said.

Moyo mocked Mugabe’s candidature as a scandal.

“Is it not strange that in a country where one is considered lucky to live beyond 35 years, a soon-to-be-88-year-old man wants to be president? Zapu is glad that Mugabe and others who split from the founder and authentic liberation movement and revolutionary party.