Robert Mugabe is cruel - minister
29 October 2012, 12:18
Cape Town - Zimbabwe's Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma has branded President Robert Mugabe as "cruel" for the "incessant arrests and beatings [of opposition supporters] under the pretext of maintaining order and applying the rule of law" in the country.
Mangoma - who is also MDC deputy treasurer-general - was addressing the families of 31 Glen View activists who are in remand prison for the murder of a policeman in May last year, The Zimbabwe Mail reported on Monday.
"Mugabe holds the key to violence and peace... If he tells his people to stop violence they will obey," he said.
"This was evidenced by the peace that prevailed at the just ended Copac second All-Stakeholders’ Conference that his word is law.
"There was no violence because Mugabe ordered them to peace. If he lets loose then you all know it will be mayhem."
Mangoma claimed there was selective application of the law, and that was the reason why the activists were being denied bail.
"Mugabe is cruel and shows this by incessant arrests and beatings under the pretext of maintaining order and applying the rule of law.
"But what kind of law separates these people accused of Petros Mutedza’s murder; while on the other hand a policeman accused of killing a gold panner in Shamva is out on bail?
"We have a colleague who was murdered in Mutoko, but the killers are walking free.
"Mugabe’s message is simple, he is saying everybody else stay away from politics except on a Zanu-PF ticket," said Mangoma.