PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will never vacate his office for opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai even if he loses a run-off election next month, his wife Grace said yesterday in Shamva.
Grace told Zanu PF followers that Tsvangiraiâ€™s MDC would not be allowed to take power under any circumstances.
“Even if people vote for the MDC, Morgan Tsvangirai will never step foot inside State House,” she said after meeting victims of political violence that has rocked
Zimbabwe since the first round of voting on March 29.
“He will only get to hear about what it looks like inside State House from people who have been there. Even if Baba (Mugabe) loses, he will only leave State House to make way for someone from Zanu PF.”
Mugabe is to square off against Tsvangirai on June 27 after an inconclusive first round.
Grace accompanied her husband to Shamva, northeast of Harare, for a tour of a homestead which was allegedly burned down by MDC followers.
“What we saw really touched us,” Mugabe said. “We are not animals but humans. If you burn down someoneâ€™s house you want to destroy their lives.”
“We want to warn the MDC they should stop immediately this barbaric campaign of burning and destroying peopleâ€™s homes.”
While Mugabe has laid the blame for post-election violence at the feet of the MDC, the United Nations and human rights groups say that Zanu PF has been responsible for the lionâ€™s share.
The MDC says more than 50 of its supporters have been killed by pro-Mugabe militias since March 29, and tens of thousands displaced, as part of a campaign of intimidation designed to ensure victory for Mugabe on June 27.
Meanwhile, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said she was shocked by the news that several more political activists had been found murdered in Zimbabwe.
She condemned the killings as well as the continuing harassment of aid workers, human rights defenders and other members of civil society.
One of the victims was reportedly MDC provincial treasurer Shepherd Jani, whose body was found three days after he had been reported abducted by four armed men.
“It is hard to get a very precise picture of the full range of the violence, or the exact number of politically motivated extra-judicial killings,” Arbour said.
“At one level, there appears to be an increasing pattern of people being targeted for politically motivated assassination.
“At another, arrests, harassment, intimidation and violence, directed not just at people with political affiliations, but also at members of civil society, are continuing on a daily basis.” â€” AFP/dpa/Staff Writer.