Cape Town - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says his MDC party is aware of Zanu-PF plans to engage the army to spearhead its violent campaign ahead of the country’s elections scheduled for March next year, it was reported on Monday.
According to a Newsday online report, Tsvangirai said there were plans by President Robert Mugabe's party to roll out election terror units to intimidate "unarmed civilians". The militia, he said, were trained by senior military men.
Tsvangirai made the remarks while addressing party supporters after touring homes of victims of political violence in Zaka, Masvingo province.
He took a swipe at Mugabe, saying the 88-year-old veteran leader preached peace during the day while he was aware of people in his party that were letting political opponents' blood during the night.
"Mugabe stands with me and my bloodless hands saying we don’t want violence. That’s hypocrisy because he knows the people who are committing violence are Zanu-PF," said Tsvangirai.
Tsvangirai said the next elections must be observed by SADC, the African Union and the United Nations to ensure security of the vote and the voter was guaranteed.