Mugabe relents on Byo, Harare threat

via Mugabe relents on Byo, Harare threat by Xinhua

Mugabe pledged at the weekend that his government would embrace every Zimbabwean including those who do not support his party, sending a conciliatory note to the opposition

The remarks followed threats last Sunday against Harare and Bulawayo residents for rejecting his Zanu PF party in the just ended elections which were condemned by the opposition.

The country’s two biggest cities overwhelmingly voted for the MDC-T and Mugabe, clearly unimpressed, said residents must look to the MDC-T for service delivery.

But speaking at the burial of liberation war hero and former cabinet minister Kumbirai Kangai at the national heroes’ acre on Saturday, a conciliatory Mugabe said every Zimbabwean was entitled to government support regardless of their political affiliation.

“We will not deny you food if in need. We will not punish you. Every Zimbabwean is entitled to government support,” he said.

Mugabe defeated MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the July 31 by 61 percent against Tsvangirai’s 34 percent.

Zanu PF party also won a two-thirds majority in parliament, reversing a loss they suffered in the 2008 elections when the party lost parliamentary majority for the first time since the independence in 1980.

The veteran leader is expected to announce a new cabinet this week.

Meanwhile, Mugabe rejected criticism of his party of monopolising the conferment of national hero status.

The MDC-T and some civil society organisations have in the past called for the establishment of a non-partisan body to adjudicate on conferment of national hero status.

But Mugabe said the national heroes’ acre was a burial place for distinguished patriotic Zimbabweans that made significant contribution to the liberation and development of the country and remained loyal to the revolutionary principles of Zanu PF.

It was not a burial place for everyone and those unhappy must establish their own burial places, he said.

“We don’t want to hear such complaints again. Find your own places to bury your own people,” he said.



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    Hango Yapalala 11 years ago


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    Bazour Waku Muzi 11 years ago

    Whose hero and heroism in what? It could be anything now from stealing to outstanding loyalty stupid support including ass licking let alone murdering and the tact to loot the economy.

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    ngwalongwalo 11 years ago

    there is no need to make noise about it or sound conciliatory, because Mugabe knows that only himself and his family voted for Zanu Pf, the rest of Zimbabweans voted for MDC, so he has no option but to pretend as if he is sending out an olive branch out there

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    eztechplc 11 years ago

    I agree with bob, people should develop their shrines to bury their people, and call it anything…kufa kufa……dai vaimuka nekuti vaenda pa heroes acre? Our only concern is using state resources.

    Chiyangwa, Gono, Supa etc can easily state another The Rich’s Acre kuBorrowdale….i tell sister Grace would not allow her hubbie to go to Heroes Acre instead of Rich’s Acre in a few months. Similarly we can have The Democracy’s acre, the Coward’s acre, Diaspora’s Acre etc….why worry Goromonzi after form 6

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    im sick n tired wth this bob guy

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    Phunyukabemphethe 11 years ago

    The Gukurahundi Cowards Acre is for Gukurahundis. Why do people keep clamouring for their own to be buried there?

    Yekani amagukurahundi enze abakuthandayo ngamangcwaba abo. Why wena ufuna ukubekwa duze namagukurahundi, uyahlanya?

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    Its nt a new thing that zanu pf mopolizes everything in thier favour.Remember the land reform benefited those loyal 2 zpf 4geting that land is 4 Zimbabweans either black or white.The important thing is fair land redistribution 2 all.So i urge fellow zimbos 2 fight 4 democracy since zpf fought 4 independence.

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    Greyhora 11 years ago

    Heroes Acre = Zanu PF Criminals Acre

    Let them bury their criminals there, who cares?

    Amazing that, even after three decades, Mugabe still does not know the difference between a party president and a national president!

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    furedi 11 years ago

    Please people be aware, everybody watch your backs.When the devil makes a speech like that he is about to unleash something terrible.Have you forgotten his speech after he lost the referendum,and we all know what happened after that.

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    Pachokwadi 11 years ago

    We don’t care if zanu operates its heroes acres but it becomes our business once they want to name it Zimbabwean heroes acre. No, we can’t allow that. Rather call it Zanu pf heroes acres. Most of zanu pf heroes layed there are not national heroes.

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    simon 11 years ago

    For sure the old fool getting senile…one minute threatening and cursing the next trying to be nice and assuring. Keep your Heros acre who wants to be buried next majority of criminals laying there anyway!!! Only a FEW good souls lay there who were genuine to fight for freedom.

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    Rejoice Ngwenya 11 years ago

    Reminds of what I have always suggested – a burial memorial, mural and place for victims of Gukurahundi. I bet if we started the Bhalagwe Memorial Fund and ‘applied’ to Matobo rural council for a place, ZANU-PF will say no! “It was not a burial place for everyone and those unhappy must establish their own burial places, he said.” What a joke!