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PF, Zec in rigging plot
July 22, 2013
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday said his party had unearthed
a new plot where Zanu-PF and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)
to rig the July 31 polls by printing two million extra ballot
campaign rally at Mkoba Stadium in Gweru where attendance was more
than double the capacity of the 10 000-seater venue, Tsvangirai
accused his arch-rival Zanu PF leader President Robert Mugabe of
always devising subtle schemes to rig polls and portraying himself
as a victim of imperialistic attacks each time his shenanigans have
tainted the legitimacy of Mugabe’s Presidency in 2000 and
2008 in the eyes of the international community and he knows this.
So now he wants a peaceful, but rigged election,” Tsvangirai
He said the
rigging could only happen with the connivance of Zec. “This
will only happen if Zec allows it. But, we want to say we will protect
the vote, the voter and the vote outcome from those who want to
rig,” Tsvangirai said.
The MDC-T leader
questioned why Zec had printed eight million ballot papers when
Zimbabwe had an estimated six million registered voters.
are bleeding over the things that Zec is doing. They failed to print
adequate ballots for the police and soldiers. They denied eligible
Zimbabweans in the urban areas a right to vote by stalling the registration
process and now they have printed eight million ballot papers when
we have six million registered voters,” he queried.
comment, MDC spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi said: “While we
don’t doubt the possibility of Zanu-PF doing this to try and
steal this election, we, however, for now have not yet received
figures of printed ballot papers from our officials on the ground.
At this juncture, I can’t confirm or deny this allegation.
However, let me hasten to say the possibility of Zanu-PF abusing
State institutions to rig this election is very high.”
spokesperson Rugare Gumbo rubbished the claims and accused Tsvangirai
of seeing shadows where they do not exist.
all nonsense. Though I really do not know the number of ballot papers
Zec has printed, but if they printed more, what is wrong with that?
What happens if we have damages? Isn’t it better to have more
than to encounter shortages? This is not the kind of talk expected
from a whole Prime Minister,” Gumbo said.
Mugabe to a live televised presidential debate, saying that would
provide the electorate with an opportunity to judge for themselves
who has a manifesto that will take the country forward.
Mugabe and other presidential candidates to a live TV debate so
that the people of Zimbabwe can judge for themselves and see who
has the will and capacity to take them to a better future,”
Mugabe for threatening to pull out of Sadc and the African Union
(AU) and described the move “as a fool’s errand”.
the 2008 election, but was saved by Sadc on his Presidency.
Mugabe is a beneficiary of Sadc benevolence, but he still has the
audacity to condemn Sadc. He wants to leave Sadc and the AU, but
we say we will not leave these institutions. They are our homes.
It’s a fool’s errand to try and pull out because you
have argued with others,” he said.
Mugabe has threatened
to pull out of Sadc and gone as far as insulting Sadc facilitators
to the inclusive government, in particular President Jacob Zuma’s
facilitation team spokesperson Lindiwe Zulu.
accompanied by his wife Elizabeth Macheka, who moved around the
stadium picking up babies into her arms, much to the delight of
the capacity crowd.
Turning to the
emotive Gukurahundi massacres where about 20 000 civilians in the
Midlands and Matabeleland region were killed by the army under the
guise of cleansing the area of armed dissident elements in the 1980s,
Tsvangirai said his government would compensate the victims and
their immediate family members.
are those of you who are waiting to have vengeance; who are saying
once we take over government you just want three days so that you
can have revenge against those who killed your families during the
Gukurahundi era. I want to tell you that you may not take the law
into your own hands.
want this country to move forward, we need peace and stability and
this is what we will maintain. But, victims of Gukurahundi will
not be forgotten, they will be compensated by the State because
the State has a responsibility to protect and compensate victims
of State-sponsored violence,” he said.
his party would take stock of what happened during Gukurahundi,
Murambatsvina in 2005 and the bloody
2008 elections through a peace and reconciliation commission.
were echoed by Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn president Simba Makoni, who also
attended the rally at Mkoba. Makoni said Mugabe had to answer to
all the heinous acts which he allegedly committed over his three-decade-long
here to liberate Zimbabwe for the second time from rule by fear
which has become a trademark in our politics. We should liberate
the old man from the fear of his own generals . . . but first he
has to be made to explain his evil deeds over the past decade,”
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