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MDC press statement
for Democratic Change
The MDC President
Prof. Welshman Ncube yesterday met with and addressed the party’s
Parliamentary and Council candidates in the just ended elections.
The candidates were drawn from Bulawayo, Matebeleland South and
The MDC is aware
that the just ended elections
were neither fair nor free in the strictest definition of the
terms and as such the outcome is not a legitimate one. That the
elections were rigged is not debatable, it is a fact.
inconsistencies in the process leading up to and during the election
make it impossible to absolve ZEC or to refrain from calling the
credibility of the election outcome to question. These inconsistencies
include the failure to provide the voters’ role until voting
had commenced the printing of duplicate ballot papers, disqualification
of our rural council candidates among many other breaches, which
culminated in incidences of multiple double voting and busing of
While all this
glaring failure of the electoral process is real, the party having
considered all available options has opted to refrain from taking
the disputes to court. The futility of going to the courts must
be read with the Jealousy Mbizvo Mawarire Constitutional Court ruling,
which led to the frog marching of Zimbabweans into an election for
which ZEC were ill prepared to run. It is therefore our well considered
view that taking this matter to court will be akin to going to Robert
Mugabe and asking him to reverse his ‘victory’.
The party has
further discounted the option of taking the dispute to the regional
and continental organs principally SADC and AU. These institutions
have already made known their views about the process and outcome
of the election. That they have already pronounced satisfaction
with both the process and outcome of the elections signifies the
futility of taking that course of action with any hope of a positive
In 2008, our
party went into a negotiated process and in doing that our sole
and primal interests were to save Zimbabwe from burning at the hands
of Zanu-PF. Sadly we ended up saving Zanu-PF who have turned around
and sunk their teeth into the hand that pulled both them and Zimbabwe
from the precipice. We do not regret saving our burning country
then. We, however, will not be helping Zanu-PF again in government
or indeed any way shape or form this time around.
It is therefore
incumbent upon all of us to accept that the solution to our national
political problems will be delivered by us as Zimbabweans facing
Mugabe and his party head on and defeating them. We have come through
the fire, learnt lessons through our experiences and we are ready
to prove that we are visionaries, builders and the party of the
We have taken
stock of all that happened and while there are no easy answers,
we have resolved to continue the fight for a fully devolved Zimbabwe
because we believe that the problems, which we find ourselves in
as a country, can only be solved through making a paradigm shift
diametrically different to the centralized system of Government
which landed us where we are today.
We remain absolutely
committed to the devolution agenda because for us it is not an election
gimmick or slogan but a matter of ideological conviction.
We accept our
situation and embrace it as our rite of passage. There can be no
Egypt without a Canaan. It is for us a test of faith in the system
we believe in and know that it will be achieved.
As your president
I say,” Fear not, I will be with you all the way, I will neither
retreat nor surrender. Let none of us give up, we will walk hand
in hand to the bitter end if need be for our cause is necessary
and just. What we stand for is absolutely important.”
this day forth we commence re-building on all fronts for the 2018
elections. We have no privilege of taking a rest. Let’s keep
the faith, together we will win.
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