Zimbabwe-“It’s been said some people are for (Defence Minister) Emmerson Mnangagwa, and others are for (Vice President Joice) Mujuru. That is dangerous, absolutely dangerous,” he said to applause from the 5,000 conference delegates.
Mr Mugabe’s party has been widely blamed for past electoral violent attacks on opponents. “Let’s have a peaceful election,” he said as the conference wrapped up two days of talks – the last before the vote. “Down with violence.”
No election date has been set yet, but Mr Mugabe is pressing for them to go ahead as soon as possible.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) which brokered the coalition government had earlier wanted voting before June next year.
A referendum on a new constitution has to be organised before the elections. The opposition and international community insist that fair elections cannot take place until the constitution has been amended.