“We are ready for a repeat of 2008…This country came by blood, and it has to go by blood, not by the ballot,” said Shylet Uyoyo, the provincial women’s league chair, amid applause from the audience who were attending the party’s provincial conference here.
This comes after President Robert Mugabe told a state-owned weekly paper on Sunday that he was not happy to share power with the leader of the mainstream Movement for Democratic Change and Prime Minister in the inclusive government, Morgan Tsvangirai.
The party’s youth league, whose provincial chairman only identified as Mubayiwa came to the front singing, “Zvikaramba tinoita zva June” meaning if we fail to win the people’s minds we will unleash the violence similar to the one in June 2008.
“As youths, we are determined, we are prepared to make people understand that this country was liberated by Zanu (PF) and it is only Zanu (PF) that has the right to continue ruling it.
Opposition parties should just kiss goodbye to the throne,” he warned.
War veterans, used as cannon fodder by Mugabe in every election, also repeated the same sentiments, before breaking into a song, “Ndiani anenharo timuone isu maTalibani” meaning we are Talibans, we want to see those who will resist.
Khaya Moyo, who was in the presence of Information minister Webster Shamu and Higher Education Minister Stan Mudenge who are all politburo members, Masvingo governor Titus Maluleke, and senators from Masvingo, did not respond to the violence plea from the bloody-thirsty party members.
“As a party, we have never sat down to discuss how to lose an election. We know we are going to win, and we will cross the bridge when we come to it,” said Moyo.
He however admitted that Tsvangirai, who gave Mugabe’s first official defeat in March 2008, had shocked the party.
“There was near disaster in the last elections. Next year, we need to avoid that, everyone must go and vote. We know why it was like that, but we are now saying, there will not be any imposition of candidates,” he said.
A News Day journalist, Tatenda Chitagu, in Masvingo was severely assaulted when he went to cover the conference on Sunday.