Defence lawyers have said Zimbabwe police had severely tortured a dozen trade unionists arrested for trying to stage a banned protest over poor wages, leaving some with fractured limbs and one union leader in hospital.
|“Zanu-PF has no candidate to succeed Mugabe and the party is unelectable, that is why they want to delay the presidential elections”
Nelson Chamisa, spokesman for
the opposition Movement for Democratic Change
Opposition politicians say Mugabe is trying buy time while his party decides on a candidate for the next presidential elections.
“Zanu-PF has no candidate to succeed Mugabe and the party is unelectable, that is why they want to delay the presidential elections,” Nelson Chamisa, spokesman for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, told AFP news agency.
Although Mugabe appeared to endorse Joyce Mujuru, the vice-president, as his successor when she was elected as the party’s deputy leader two years ago, he has since criticised infighting among ambitious senior party members.
John Nkomo, the parliamentary speaker, indicated last month that he would be interested in succeeding Mugabe, telling journalists: “Why would I vie for the vice-president’s position when there is the presidency?”
Mugabe is one of Africa’s longest-serving rulers having been in power for 26 years, first as prime minister in the independence government and then as president after 1987.
In 2002, he narrowly won a presidential race against Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change. The opposition refused to accept that result, saying polling was swayed by vote-rigging, violent intimidation of voters and corruption.