Focus on unity after Zim poll

A process similar to South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission would be needed in Zimbabwe after President Robert Mugabe's rule, his opposition said yesterday.

A process similar to South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission would be needed in Zimbabwe after President Robert Mugabe's rule, his opposition said yesterday.

Simba Makoni's campaign manager, Nkosana Moyo, told journalists in Johannesburg that should Makoni win Zimbabwe's presidential elections on Saturday, he would create a government of national unity.

His cabinet would include not only members of Mugabe's other opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change, but civil society and Mugabe's own Zanu-PF party.

Makoni would also be sympathetic to Mugabe, in the same way he had been sympathetic to former Rhodesian prime minister Ian Smith.

Moyo said the foundation of Makoni's campaign was law and order. This encompassed property rights, and under his presidency land policy would be revisited. If anyone had lost a farm without justification this would be looked at, he said.

Makoni has accused Zanu-PF of trying to steal the elections. But, Moyo voiced confidence that Makoni would win. Irrespective of the outcome, Moyo said Makoni was in Zimbabwe "to stay and contribute to the democratisation of the country".

He said that should there be a run-off, it would be a case of Mugabe on the one side and everyone else on the other.

He did not foresee the violent clashes which characterised the recent election in Kenya and many previous elections in Zimbabwe itself.

Zanu-PF was deeply divided, with many members supporting the opposition.

"This election is different." He said Makoni was aware of the dangers and was taking the necessary precautions. - Sapa

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