Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has threatened to pull out of the general elections if politically motivated violence escalates in the country ahead of the polls in July.
The MDC-T leader made the threats when he addressed mourners yesterday during the burial of a 12-year-old boy, Christpowers Maisiri, killed in a raging inferno after an arson attack by suspected Zanu PF activists last Saturday in Headlands.
“I’m not going to be part and parcel to a process that subverts the will of the people,” he said.
Christpowers’ death is widely seen as a harbinger to violent elections. His gruesome death sent shockwaves through the public and cabinet on Tuesday.
Mourners heard how a stormy Tuesday cabinet session degenerated into a naming and shaming session, in which Zanu PF cabinet ministers, particularly Didymus Mutasa was singled out for allegedly instigating political violence and causing Christpowers’ death.
Tsvangirai said if Mugabe was sincere about his “no to violence” refrain, the perpetrators must be brought to book. “He (Mugabe) told me that Mutasa should pay” for the death of the boy. Tsvangirai said Mugabe indicated he had information Mutasa was involved.
MDC-T secretary-general Tendai Biti disclosed how a tension-filled cabinet session on Tuesday condemned the boy’s traumatic death. “We told Didymus Mutasa that he is behind the murder of this boy. If he thought we were hiding under the cover of cabinet privilege, we are now saying it in public.
Mutasa you killed this boy. If you think we are lying take us to court for defamation,” Biti charged.
Christpowers’ father, Shepherd Maisiri said his son was born in the mountains during 2000 winter. “I only saw my son after about a month,” he said. “Temperatures had dropped very low.
But my son braved the winter, in the mountains, having fled terror,” he said.
“The boy got his name Christpowers because I lived under the grace of God. If Mutasa is my friend as he claims, why isn’t he here at the funeral,” Maisiri asked.
Contacted for comment, Mutasa said yesterday it was “sometimes stupid” to engage MDC-T officials on matters like this.