Mugabe: Opposition Will Never Rule, Even If It Wins

Threatens 'bush war' if 'British puppets' elected
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2008 10:05 AM CDT
Mugabe: Opposition Will Never Rule, Even If It Wins
Supporters of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, portrait back, attend an election rally for the ruling Zanu-PF party's youth in Harare, Friday June 13, 2008.    (AP Photo)

(Newser) – As an opposition leader arrested on charges of treason appeared in court in Zimbabwe today, President Robert Mugabe was declaring that his competitors in the Movement for Democratic Change would never be allowed to rule the country, even if they win the upcoming runoff presidential election, the Independent reports. "We will return to the bush to fight," he told a crowd of youth members of his party. "We can't allow the British to dominate us through their puppets."

In another sign of escalating crisis, the MDC, which says more than 60 supporters have been murdered since the first round of the election, has begun fighting back. After ruling Zanu-PF party members “razed” an MDC candidate’s house, “villagers mobilized themselves and retaliated,” said one opposition official; another said his party would destroy 10 homes for every one razed by Zanu-PF members. (Read more Robert Mugabe stories.)

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