Republic of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe says that there should be no delay in the national elections scheduled for some time during 2013. The ruling ZANU-PF party indicates it is prepared to take on the imperialist-backed MDC-T., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00
President Mugabe’s retention on the European Union’s sanctions list is an attack on the soul of the nation and the entirety of Zimbabwe, Zanu-PF has said.
In a statement yesterday, Zanu-PF national spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo dismissed the removal from the list of some individuals as a ploy to divide the revolutionary party.
“As long as there remains a single person on the sanctions list, and particularly if that person is President Robert Mugabe who is the heart and soul of our nation and who represents everything that is good about Zimbabwe, we will continue to be appalled by the EU and its half-hearted efforts,” he said.
“An assault on President Mugabe is an assault on the entirety of Zimbabwe and we are not accustomed to taking assaults very kindly. The EU fools itself if it thinks Zanu-PF is amused by its latest gesture.”
He said the EU was specifically targeting the security sector to weaken the nation.
“Furthermore, the plan to continue to encumber the security sector with sanctions is meant to weaken our country and it’s an unacceptable affront to our independence and sovereignty. It is also very much in line with the MDC-T’s call for security sector reforms and confirms our long held view that the sanctions are intended partly as punishment for embarking on the land reform and partly as an attempt to bolster MDC-T’s chances of winning in the next election. But this will not work as will become evident in the next few months. Our record as a party speaks for itself and we will continue to represent the aspirations of our people.”