This is not new, but it is of some concern. We first heard about this a month or so ago when an army chaplain turned the funeral of a Presidential Guard member into an anti-MDC rally. At that time he stated that after the World Cup tournament in South Africa in a couple of months time, Mugabe would be dealing with the Zimbabwean population in an orgy of violence.
I have mentioned this quite a few times since, but no one seems to have picked up on it.
Now we hear about the idea again.
“Robert Mugabe’s ZANU PF has started recruiting youths for training in sophisticated murder and torture techniques for a massive campaign of violence against the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) soon after the World Cup, a report said.
Investigations by The Zimbabwean have revealed that the vicious campaign of terror is expected to roll into motion in July, soon after the soccer World Cup ends in South Africa and the media spotlight shifts elsewhere.
High-level sources within both ZANU PF and MDC-T as well as the security services said the purpose of this horrific plan, if it succeeds, was to plunge the country into total anarchy, making it impossible to continue with the drafting of a new constitution.
The fall-back plan agreed by the parties in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) – an immediate election if a new constitution can not be agreed upon – will also be rendered sterile, ensuring Mugabe’s continued reign.”
Mugabe’s thirty year rule is littered with many dead bodies – from both MDC and ZANU PF as he is not averse to removing his own if they become a threat – and the ever-present threat of violence.
We don’t have to look very far back in the country’s history to see how Mugabe terrorises the Zimbabwean people – I baulk at the idea of called them ‘his’ people as he is diametrically opposed to their thinking, and he is not a full Zimbabwean anyway.
In the run-up to the unneeded second round of the Presidential election in 2008, ZANU PF swung into action and attacked the MDC activists, members and supporters – and some 200-plus people lost their lives. To the best of my knowledge, no one has been brought to book for these murders, even though the killers have been named.
Zuma seems to think that two hours worth of talks as a good start to re-igniting the inter-party talks. Perhaps he’d better think again.
“Among the areas targeted for attack is Masvingo Province, a flash-point of violence for many years. After years of killings by ZANU PF, in which no-one significant has been arrested or called to account, tensions are very high in the province, making it fertile ground for the planned terror campaign.
The new round of killings is expected to start in Mwenezi district, a dangerous and volatile enclave where the local Member of Parliament, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, who was recently elevated to the ZANU PF politburo has been whipping up emotions.
He has accused Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of being an ‘enemy of the state’ over the issue of Western targeted sanctions. Violence, poverty, drought and unemployment have combined to produce a lethal mix of frustration and desperation among the youth in the area, witnessed first-hand by this reporter at the weekend.
Masvingo Central Member of Parliament, Tongai Matutu, told The Zimbabwean that a planning meeting about the attacks had been held in Mwenezi recently.”
Mugabe attained power in Zimbabwe via the barrel of a gun and is equally determined to use the bullet to stay in power.
“The meeting in Mwenezi Ward 13 involved members of the Central Intelligence Organization (CIO), war veterans and general ZANU PF supporters. They intend to recruit youths for training in torture and bloodshed. What we are going to experience is anarchy worse than that seen in the 2008 run-off (election campaign),” Matutu said.
He added: “Threats of violence are increasing by the day. There seems to be a wider plan by ZANU PF to destabilize Zimbabwe after the World Cup. There are plans to make constitution-making impossible. They want to create no-go areas.”
ZANU PF only know threats, violence and death – and the MDC and the people need to be made aware of the huge threat building in their land.
“ZANU PF has run out of any bankable programmes. They failed to convince people that sanctions are hurting them, so they are now planning for violence. This violence should be stopped by any means necessary because violence breeds illegitimacy. As a party we have an obligation to protect our supporters, especially in the rural areas because most of our constituencies are rural.”
Robb WJ Ellis
The Bearded Man