21 April 2013

Zimbabwe: PM Echoes Mugabe's Peace Calls

PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said Zimbabweans must not fight each other in the run up to the elections expected later this year and called on citizens to promote peace in the country.

Speaking at a peace-building event organised by churches at Chinhoyi stadium yesterday, Tsvangirai said that it was important for Zimbabweans to draw a line that they would never fight each other again.

"Today I endorse words spoken by President Mugabe on Independence Day in Harare. Violence is a culture that is strengthened by impunity. If people continue to beat each other, it becomes the political culture of the country," he said.

Tsvangirai expressed surprise that although Mugabe was calling for peace, it was other departments of government that were boldly proclaiming that the country would never be taken by the pen.

"That kind of statement is not congruent with the statements being said by the President. Others are saying if so and so wins, we will overthrow him by a military coup. That is not in the spirit of advancing peace and stability in the country. Every one of us is equal before the law and God," he said.

The PM called on citizens to register and vote in the forthcoming elections and said it was important that the will of the people was defended.

Speaking at the same occasion, businessman and Zanu PF Chinhoyi aspiring Member of Parliament Phillip Chiyangwa called on Tsvangirai as the PM to help create employment for the thousands of unemployed youth in the country.

"I am asking Tsvangirai to descend [to the grassroots]. For there to be no hooligans, there must be food, there is need for jobs. Right here in Chinhoyi, there are no factories for people to work. There are many unemployed people as a result of that," said Chiyangwa.

"My plea to the high official in government present here is that there should be no hunger or else disputes will arise in light of where we are going [elections]".

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