Tsvangirai confronts Mugabe over terrorists

HARARE – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Wednesday dragged President Robert Mugabe into a meeting to discuss escalating violence allegedly being perpetrated by Zanu PF militia on Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters.\r\n

Tsvangirai is said to be livid that police are not taking action against perpetrators of violence from Mugabe’s Zanu PF and wants an explanation from the 86-year old ageing leader.

Zanu PF has in the past few weeks unleashed violence on suspected MDC supporters especially in Harare’s high density suburbs of Budiriro, Mabvuku and Mbare and already dozens of people have been hospitalised.

Tsvangirai is also expected to push Mugabe on the issue of reports of soldiers being deployed throughout the country to intimidate people to vote for Zanu PF if elections are held this year.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai were also due to discuss the issue of the constitutional process which is expected to end in September leading to elections.

The meeting was convened at the behest of Tsvangirai whose supporters are under siege from Zanu PF youths. Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka confirmed the meeting but refused to elaborate further saying a statement would be issued after the meeting.

But the Daily News understands that Tsvangirai attended an MDC standing committee meeting Wednesday morning where the party leadership raised alarm on the level of violence against their supporters.

“It was made clear in the standing committee meeting that Tsvangirai had to confront Mugabe over the violence. It seems we are all alone in this issue because whenever our guys go to report acts of violence, the police arrest them instead of the perpetrators. If police can’t protect innocent citizens then Mugabe must just declare that then we defend ourselves.

“This cannot be allowed to continue and Mugabe must be told to stop the violence. He must also explain why soldiers have been deployed to the rural areas. If it is now a military state, then he also has to officially inform us as he goes around claiming to be the commander in chief of the defence forces,” said the MDC insider.