Zanu (PF) threatens coup, again
War veterans and collaborators will not readily accept an MDC-T victory,
according to Zanu (PF) spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo.
by Tarisai Jangara
In an interview with The Zimbabwean, Gumbo said that the war veterans and
collaborators, most of whom are Zanu (PF) sympathizers, were likely to block
Tsvangirai’s ascendancy to power in the event of an MDC-T victory in the
next elections. Gumbo’s sentiments confirm long held fears among Zimbabweans
that a smooth transition of power in Zimbabwe was uncertain.
“We have people who fought for the country, the war veterans, and you think
they would just smile. What about the land that we acquired? We want to keep
the farms. Honestly, the situation will be messy if MDC is to win in the
upcoming elections. It will be chaotic I tell you. This is a very serious
issue,” he said.
Gumbo’s remarks come barely a month after he publicly declared the
possibility of a coup if Tsvangirai was to win, saying the military would
not accept him. “We will be asking for too much from our guys (the military)
to accept these people who we all know fought against them and were
responsible for the deaths of many comrades,” he told e-News Channel Africa.
A week earlier, the Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Patrick
Chinamasa, also told the BBC that Zanu (PF) and the military would not
accept a “foreign-sponsored” victory for Tsvangirai. “Young people
participated in the liberation struggle to gain control over our resources.
Many friends died and are buried in unmarked graves. Now if anyone is going
to say: ‘When I come into power I am going to reverse that,’ they (the
military) have every right to say: ‘Please – you are asking for trouble. You
will be asking for trouble,” he said.
Gumbo accused the MDC formations for being immature, saying they had failed
to bring development to the country.
“The problem with MDC is that it has a mentality of fixing and scoring
points rather than focusing on serious issues. Thus, they are always looking
for faults within Zanu (PF) instead of focusing on developmental issues,” he
said. However MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora dismissed Gumbo’s
“That’s the problem with Zanu (PF); they want to remain in power forever.
They are panicking because they know that their time is up but we are not
moved by their threats.”
Commenting on the recurrent coup threats by Zanu (PF), a political analyst,
Pedzisayi Ruhanya said: “When the people make a decision, there is no amount
of intimidation that can derail their desire to free themselves from
Another political analyst, John Makumbe, said: “I am not surprised because
Zanu (PF) is violent in nature and when you hear them passing such comments,
they already have a rigging plot in place.”