A NEW ex-combatants body has said the June 27 presidential election run-off must be called off and President Robert Mugabe remain in office until a new constitution is crafted and “sanctions by the West” lifted.
The association â€” Mwana Wehvu the Revolutionary Council â€” was launched in the capital on Wednesday, with Mugabeâ€™s wife, Grace, nominated as its patron.
Chris Pasipamire, the chairperson of the council, said its members were ready to take up arms and defend “the revolution, land, and its resources” if Mugabe loses the run-off to MDCâ€™s Morgan Tsvangirai.
“As Mwana Wevhu the Revolutionary Council we, hereby, demand that the whole electoral process be set aside and the old parliament be reconstituted with President Robert Gabriel Mugabe remaining the head of state and therefore no run-off that is being talked about for the 27th of June 2008,” Pasipamire said.
“Currently, the Zimbabwean masses are hungry due to sanctions imposed by the West to effect regime change so we cannot hold fair elections as it is. â€¦Our priority is to mobilise all the meagre resources and bring food to the masses.”
The so-called council said it was also determined to fight corruption in Zanu PF and the government.
“We are working with the presidium. We have raised issues with the party leadership over the manner in which some people are conducting party business,” Pasipamire said. “There is a lot of corruption involving some high-level officials of the party and we as a body want to engage the presidium to see to it that there is an end to these malpractices.”
He said the council would push for the implementation of the one-man one-farm policy by the government. At the moment, Pasipamire said, there were many senior government officials who held onto a number of farms, thereby depriving many Zimbabweans “who suffered the same fate under the Smith regime” of their right to land. He castigated elements within Zanu PF who had amassed wealth using the party ticket, saying they were denting the name of the party.
By Nkululeko Sibanda