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resolves to not participate in election run-off
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
June 22, 2008
The MDC won
the March 29th elections despite conditions that were far from free
and fair. Our party's message of peaceful, democratic change and
rebuilding a New Zimbabwe enjoys the support of the vast majority
victory confirmed this to Mugabe and since that date, he and his
supporters have been waging a war against the people of Zimbabwe.
retributive agenda has seen over 200 000 people internally displaced
and over 86 MDC supporters killed. Over 20 000 homes have been destroyed
and over 10 000 people have been injured and maimed in this orgy
For the record,
there are eight broad reasons why a free and fair election is impossible.
Zanu PF has already subverted the run-off through the following:
The police have
been reduced to bystanders while Zanu PF militia commit crimes against
humanity varying from rape, torture, murder, arson, abductions and
Zanu PF militia
dressed in army regalia have been deployed to spearhead the terror
campaign in the rural and urban areas. Armed Zanu PF youths are
waging a terror campaign and have vowed that the MDC will not rule
the county even if it wins.
The Joint Operations
Command (JOC) is engineering a violent campaign to subvert the will
of the people. The Central Intelligence Organization (CIO) has designed
covert operations to destabilize the nation.
Zanu PF has
set up over 3000 militia bases across the length and breath of the
country in order to cow and intimidate MDC supporters into submission.
Death and hit
squads are on the loose in all the provinces.
and Zanu PF youths are manning illegal roadblocks with impunity
in complicity with the police.
The use of guns
and arms of war by Zanu PF militia and war vets to campaign for
Zanu PF has virtually militarized the election atmosphere.
All this is
being done as State sponsored ploy to tilt the vote in favour of
presidential candidate's campaign
The regime has
crippled the MDC Presidential Candidate's campaign. MDC rallies
have been banned. Court orders have been ignored. Today, Sunday
the 22nd of June 2008, a mere five days before the run-off date,
police refused MDC permission to hold its only Star Rally at the
open space across the Harare Show Grounds. We successfully sought
a High Court Order which granted us permission to proceed with our
rally. Regrettably, armed Zanu PF thugs occupied the venue in order
to prevent us from gathering. MDC supporters were attacked and cars
were stoned at the venue. This happened in full view of the police.
of the MDC Presidential Candidate have been going on unabated. The
public media has flatly refused to flight MDC adverts. To date,
no single commercial has aired by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.
There is a total blackout of the MDC in the public media in clear
contravention of the SADC guidelines and standards governing a free
and fair election.
The hate language
and the vilification of the MDC Presidential candidate by the public
broadcasters and public media is unprecedented. By denying us access
to the media the regime has managed to deny the MDC access to the
of MDC structures
The MDC Secretary
General, Hon. Tendai Biti and MP Advocate Matinenga are illegally
detained. Over 2000 MDC supporters including our polling agents
are in illegal detention. The arrests have targeted members of Parliament,
Councillors, the MDC structures and election agents. Over 200 000
people have been internally displaced. The whole game plan is designed
to cripple the MDC campaign.
Zimbabwe Electoral Commision (ZEC)
The MDC is shocked
by the level of partisanship of ZEC. We have lost confidence in
ZEC. The organization has been staffed by war veterans and Zanu
PF militia. In fact, as it stands now, ZEC is not in charge of the
management of this election.
The media is
under attack. There is a complete blackout of the MDC's campaign.
Journalists are being harassed and intimidated and foreign journalists
barred from entering the country.
ZANU PF presidential candidate
The Zanu PF
candidate has no respect for the MDC, observers, the regional and
international community. He has made public pronouncements to the
effect that he will not accept defeat. He has declared
war by saying that the bullet has replaced the ballot.
by General Chiwenga and Commissioner of Prisons Zimondi that they
will not respect and accept the will of the people is regrettable
and is a clear manifestation that a free and fair election is impossible.
election rigging by ZANU PF
The MDC has
unearthed an elaborate and decisive plan by Zanu PF to rig the elections
through the following measures:
the uniformed forces to use the postal ballot and forcing them
to vote in front of their superiors.
ii. The prevention
of MDC election agents to get to the polling stations through
roadblocks and arrests.
iii. The three
Mashonaland provinces have been identified as rigging centres
where ballots are going to be stuffed.
are having their national identity cards confiscated denying them
their right to vote.
v. There is
a plan to record the serial numbers of ballot papers so as to
vi. The holding
of forced pungwes (overnight meetings) where MDC supporters are
beaten and forced to undergo "re-education".
vii. The abuse
of traditional leaders.
use of massive violence as a weapon to influence the ballot.
Given the totality
of these circumstances, we believe a credible election, which reflects
the will of the people is impossible. We remain unreservedly committed
to free and fair elections in the country. The conditions prevailing
as of today do not permit the holding of a credible poll.
war veterans and even Mugabe himself have made it clear that anyone
that votes for me in the forthcoming election faces the very real
possibility of being killed.
have also shown how brave and resilient they can be. They have withstood
years of brutality, impoverishment and intimidation.
They are dedicated
to a new democratic Zimbabwe.
But, we in the
MDC cannot ask them to cast their vote on June 27th when that vote
could cost them their lives.
in the MDC have resolved that we will no longer participate in this
violent, illegitimate sham of an election process.
people of this country and the people of the MDC have done everything
humanly and democratically possible to deliver a New Zimbabwe under
a New Government.
We urge SADC,
AU and the United Nations to intervene urgently in this unprecedented
situation to restore the rule of law, peace, and conditions for
a free and fair election.
We are going
to articulate our vision and the way forward to the people of Zimbabwe
and the world on Wednesday after further consulting the people.
salute and thank all the suppressed masses of Zimbabwe who have
been maimed, raped, tortured, lost homes and properties in the pursuit
of a noble cause of wishing to see a free and democratic Zimbabwe.
I sympathize with you over the loss of your loved ones in these
final phases of the struggle. Victory is certain, it can only be
I thank you.
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