Mugabe Was Once My Hero, Opposition Leader Tells Court

By Basildon Peta Southern Africa Correspondent | The Independent (London, England), January 2, 2004 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Mugabe Was Once My Hero, Opposition Leader Tells Court


Basildon Peta Southern Africa Correspondent, The Independent (London, England)


MORGAN TSVANGIRAI, the Zimbabwe opposition leader, denied charges yesterday of plotting to kill President Robert Mugabe, a man he said he once regarded as "a hero".

Taking the witness stand for the first time since going on trial for treason nearly a year ago, Mr Tsvangirai told a packed Harare court that he would not wish to see Mr Mugabe removed from power in an assassination.

The case against Mr Tsvangirai, who faces the death penalty if convicted, is based on a video tape, made by a Canadian-based political consultant, in which Mr Tsvangirai allegedly discusses Mr Mugabe's "elimination" shortly before the 2002 presidential election.

Mr Tsvangirai has accused Mr Mugabe's state security agents of tampering with the video to frame him. The resumption of proceedings against him has dampened hopes of any political negotiations between the ruling party and Mr Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Mr Tsvangirai told the court he had revered Mr Mugabe when the Zimbabwe leader led his forces in ousting the former apartheid regime of Ian Smith. "I regarded Mr Mugabe as my hero, and the hero of the liberation struggle", he said.

Asked if he ever plotted to kill Mr Mugabe or overthrow his government, he replied: "No, my Lord." He said after independence in 1980, he joined the ruling party and held the rank of "political commissar" in the party branch at a small mine he worked at in central Zimbabwe. But he became disillusioned and let his membership lapse in 1985 when the government introduced legislation that proscribed free trade union activity.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Mugabe Was Once My Hero, Opposition Leader Tells Court
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?