Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said Saturday that he will never allow the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and its presidential candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, come to power, warning that he would go to war if necessary to defend national sovereignty.
Tsvangirai countered that Mr. Mugabe's remarks were "irresponsible" and "anathema to the democratic process," calling for the president to step down.
Correspondent Irwin Chifera reported from the Heroes Acre memorial outside Harare where Mr. Mugabe spoke at the burial of liberation war hero Lt. Gen Amoth Chingombe.
Reached after his release, Tsvangirai said police interference and even the seizure of campaign vehicles this past week wouldn't keep him from seeking the national
Tsvangirai told VOA reporter Chinedu Offor that Mr. Mugabe's statement that he'd never let the opposition come to power was irresponsible and unstatesmanlike
Biti, who was arrested Thursday at the Harare airport following his arrival from Johannesburg, South Africa, on charges of treason related to statements about the March 29 elections.
Correspondent Thomas Chiripasi of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe reported from court.
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