|MDC-T threatens to unleash violence|
|Monday, 21 May 2012 00:00|
Mr Cross’ comments come in the wake of similar threats issued by MDC-T president Mr Tsvangirai, who is Prime Minister in the inclusive Government.
Calling it “wishful thinking”, Zanu PF spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo said the MDC-T has always been violent.
In the article titled “A warning to hardliners”, Mr Cross claimed the MDC-T is keeping a file of Zanu-PF officials the party accuses of committing human rights abuses.
Predicting victory for Mr Tsvangirai, Mr Cross said: “The presidential elections would take place under regional supervision and I have no doubt that Tsvangirai would be elected by a substantial majority.
“If the (Zanu-PF) hardliners manage to stop the completion of the constitutional reform process, then Tsvangirai would come to power with all the considerable powers of (President) Mugabe, carefully nurtured over the past three decades by the very people who would then find themselves at the mercy of an all powerful reformer.”
Mr Cross claimed President Mugabe could die soon and Zanu-PF would be forced to choose another leader.
“The first would transpire if the President was to die in office. In those circumstances the two Houses of the National Assembly (Parliament) would sit as an electoral college and elect a president to serve the remainder of the President’s term of office.
“Zanu-PF would have to nominate the potential candidates under the terms of the GPA and there is only one person that the Electoral College would elect.”
“The first is that the people may well take matters into their own hands and take retribution against those who committed Gukurahundi, Murambatsvina and the general violations that have characterised the behaviour of the regime managed by these same hardliners.
“We have all the facts and evidence to press charges against several thousand thugs and worse and many of the most senior leaders responsible could face The Hague,’’ he said.
Zimbabwe, however, is not party to the Rome Statute that set up the International Criminal Court.
Mr Cross said Zanu-PF officials would have to leave Zimbabwe for their own safety.
“Prosecutions would follow and believe me we have a lot of past injustice, corruption and abuse of power to deal with before we can really say that justice has been done and we can get on with our lives.
“In my view, the hardliners have only one real option open to them and this window is closing rapidly; that is to negotiate now for a second GNU, this time in the form of a cohesive and functional Government under democratic leadership in the form of a President elected in a fresh poll where Zanu-PF puts up a new candidate to lead the Party.
“It is the end of the road for them and they must now negotiate, while they have some influence and capacity, a dignified exit and retirement.”