HARARE (Zimbabwe Investor) – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Saturday warned President Mugabe against putting faith in his army generals and other security forces.
Speaking at a peace prayer meeting in Chinhoyi, the larger MDC faction leader warned Mugabe against putting much trust in his security chiefs, saying they were “mere mortals”.
“You must not put your faith in the army or people but put your faith in the power of our Lord Jesus. Even if we come from different political parties the fundamental issue is that the children of Zimbabwe should not beat each other.”
Tsvangirai said some of the statements by generals who have on previous occasion vowed never to salute him if he wins were reckless.
“Such reckless pronouncements do not advance peace and political stability in the country. In the upcoming polls, people should register as voters and cast their ballots to defend their fundamental right of universal suffrage,” Tsvangirai said.
Tsvangirai urged Zimbabweans to go to register and vote.
“We must defend the vote of each and every one of us meaning that all of you must go and register to vote. The second thing we must defend the right of the voter and the security of the voter and the last thing, we must defend the security of the will of the people,” the Premier said.
Also present at the event was Zanu PF aspiring MP Phillip Chiyangwa who urged the Prime Minister to create jobs and provide food for peace to prevail.
“On the issue of peace if every individual is well fed there is no complaint and if everyone gets a job there is no complaint so let us create jobs,” said Chiyangwa.
MDC-T national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa underscored the need for peace and tranquility in all facets of life, saying that would bring harmony and development in the country. Chamisa, who is also Information Communication Technology minister, said losers in the coming polls should concede defeat and work together with victors towards nation-building.
Senior officials from Zanu PF, Welshman Ncube’s MDC and other smaller parties did not attend the meeting.
Prime Minister’s wife, Elizabeth Tsvangirai, urged people to keep on preaching peace at their homes.
“Women in our homes let us caution children not to fight,” Elizabeth Tsvangirai said.
According to an international watchdog Global Peace Index (GPI) realised last year, Zimbabwe remains among the world’s bottom worst peaceful, taking the 140th position, while Mozambique, a country it helped attain peace, has the highest rating.