Mugabe blasts Biti
HARARE – President Robert Mugabe yesterday reiterated that the country will
go for elections in March next year with or without a new constitution and
also took a swipe at Finance minister Tendai Biti who he accused of not
Speaking at the launch of the Presidential Well-Wishers Special Agricultural
Inputs Scheme at Zanu PF headquarters, Mugabe told scores of his party
supporters that the country will go for a watershed election next year even
if a new constitution is not adopted as envisaged by Sadc and his political
partners in the tenuous unity government.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who shares power with Mugabe in a
Sadc-brokered coalition has insisted the country will only go for elections
after the adoption of a new charter as well as the implementation of a new
set of electoral reforms that would ensure a free and fair poll.
“We will have elections in March with or without a new constitution — start
preparing,” Mugabe told his supporters.
“Zanu PF will have primaries, there will be no imposition of candidates, no
one should come and say the president installed him as a candidate. No the
president wants what the people want.”
Although the state media claims that last year Mugabe sourced $27 million
under the presidential scheme which went on to benefit 712 400 households
countrywide, the country is yet to feel the positive impact of Mugabe’s
Turning to Biti whom Zanu PF accuses of sabotaging the government work plan
by failing to adequately finance vital sectors such as agriculture, Mugabe
wished Zanu PF was alone in government.
“If only it was Zanu PF alone in power, how can you say the government has
no money, where is it? How dare you say you have no money to buy inputs?
“The government should have the capacity to borrow. Even America when they
had no money they borrowed, they went to International Monetary Fund (IMF)
and asked for money.”
Mugabe whose Zanu PF wing of the coalition government is accused of secretly
stashing money accrued from diamond mining said the rare gems alone cannot
sustain the country’s needs.
“Chiadzwa does not have the capacity to sustain the whole country. When we
auction our diamonds, America goes behind our backs and tells buyers not to
buy,” said Mugabe.