‘Zanu PF buying arms to prepare for violence’


HARARE – The clandestine purchase of arms is a sign that Zanu PF intends to use violence in the forthcoming elections, Welshman Ncube, leader of the smaller MDC has said.

Ncube told the Daily News yesterday in a telephone interview that the acquisition of arms under a veil of secrecy was evidence that they are intended for “undemocratic use”.

“The very fact that we and the other MDC were not informed about the purchase tells us that something is definitely amiss,” Ncube said.

“It is clear that the parallel government used diamond money to empower the security apparatus for reasons which are not democratic. Remember, the security apparatus were involved in the violence that rocked the run-off in 2008 and as such we are forced to conclude that there is a link to the clandestine purchase of the arms to the forthcoming elections.”

South Africa recently sold weapons worth $276 000 to Zimbabwe’s defence forces, according to Pretoria’s latest quarterly report of the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC).

The arms sale to Zimbabwe was between April and July this year, according to the report which has been extensively published in the South African media. During the same period, the South African government approved contracts to other countries worth R2,8 billion.

“The parallel government should stop diverting diamonds money to purchase arms because the money is needed in key critical areas,” Ncube added.

The mainstream MDC slammed the purchase of arms last week and said it is highly alarmed by the pointless purchase of arms. – Lloyd Mbiba

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