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Fight as 'wounded beast': Mugabe to supporters ahead of vote

Published on Dec 9, 2012 6:04 AM
Zimbabwe's President and leader of ruling ZANU-PF Robert Mugabe speaks at his party's annual national conference in Gweru, on Dec 8, 2012, ahead of crucial elections next year that could see its 88-year-old leader make his last run for office. -- PHOTO: AFP

GWERU, Zimbabwe (AFP) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Saturday called on his ZANU-PF party to begin mobilising and fight like a "wounded beast" to reclaim votes it lost in the election four years ago.

For the very first time since independence in 1980, ZANU-PF lost its parliamentary majority to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party in violence-marred 2008 polls.

"We are now like a wounded beast and you know how a wounded beast should fight. Let's fight back and restore our honour, our pride," Mr Mugabe said at the close of the party's annual conference in the central city of Gweru.

His statement was not to be taken as a call for party loyalists to pick up "spears", but to "let our policies speak for us," he said in the local Ndebele dialect. The southern African country is due to hold general elections next year.

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