Zimbabwe's ruling party: Mugabe and his wife can stay in the country without trial
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace will be allowed to remain in the country without being prosecuted for alleged crimes, a Zimbabwean ruling party spokesman said Thursday. "He (Mugabe) is still the hero of liberation, which we appreciate and respect," Simon Khaya Moyo, spokesman of the ruling party ZANU-PF, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

 Has contributed significantly to the development of the country during the past 37 years "He explained:" We have nothing against Mugabe or his wife. The Zimbabweans wanted him to rest and they had the freedom to stay in the country if they wanted to. "Mugabe, 93, resigned on Tuesday after much pressure after spending 37 years in office. That the country witnessed a peaceful military coup, witnessed by the army put him under house arrest.

 His former deputy and long-time partner, Emerson Menangajwa, 75, is due to replace him on Friday. David Coulthart, a former minister and member of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), said on Thursday he was not surprised that Mugabe and his wife had not been prosecuted. "Despite all the demonstrations you saw in Harare on Saturday, the fact is Mugabe is still respected in many rural areas," he said. "ZANU-PF knows that."

Mugabe, his wife and members of his party were accused of violently crushing any opposition and gross corruption. There is also no sign that ZANU-PF will continue to share power with the opposition anytime soon. Mnanguagua used language in his speeches, the same language used in the past to marginalize the opposition. In his first speech as the upcoming president, Mananjagua described rivals ZANU-PF as "swinging dogs" yesterday. "Those who do not want Zanu-PF rule will continue to bark like dogs, while the party will continue to rule," he said.

David Coulthart, a former minister and a member of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), said what Mwanjagua said was "disappointing". "If the desire to respect the constitution is a barking, this is a problem." Democratic Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) spokesman Douglas Monsora said on Tuesday that the party had not received a call for a possible coalition. "What we want is electoral reforms, elections must be held next year and they should be free and fair," he told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. 

"If ZANU-PF wants to help us, we will sit as a party and discuss, but no contacts have been made so far." In his speech on Wednesday, Mwanjakwa referred to unified Zimbabwe, democratic reforms and economic revitalization, without giving further details.

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