Mugabe says “we cannot run the party from newspaper headlines or angry placards”


Zimbabwe’s opposition parties have failed to come up with one united coalition with one group uniting under the Coalition of Democrats and another under the National Electoral Reform Agenda.

Eyes are, however, focused on NERA which seems to have endorsed Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai as its presidential candidate for next year.

“Reeled by successive by-electoral blows, the opposition is in a quagmire, all the time clutching at straws in the vain hope of some modicum of political respectability which routinely eludes them,” Mugabe told his central committee.

“We look with glee as they daily turn on each other, while pretending to chase a mirage they have termed  ‘grand coalition’, apparently unaware of the grand defeat that stares them in the face.

“Unable to face our mighty party, they have now turned their guns on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, itself a Constitutional body mandated to run elections in our country.

“Afflicted by madness which knows no bounds, they even seek to interfere with mundane Government tendering processes, hoping for some opportunistic fissures that might give them some slender chance.”

“Nor is that all.

“They make futile noises by which they hope to besmirch and override Zimbabwe’s sovereignty through attempts to involve international bodies which have no role in the running of elections in sovereign countries.

“Shame on them!”


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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