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We won this election - President Tsvangirai
for Democratic Change (MDC-T)
The only solution
to the current crisis is to have another election, the Prime
Minister has said. Addressing Provincial Council delegates at Queens
Hall in Mutare yesterday. President Morgan Tsvangirai said real
legitimacy of the election will come from the people of Zimbabwe.
“Legitimacy does not come from outside. It comes from the
people of Zimbabwe. AU, SADC and the outside will only give superficial
legitimacy. It is the people of Zimbabwe who should legitimise an
election,” he said.
explained to the people that Mugabe can rig an election but he can’t
rig the economy. “If Mugabe really won the election, he should
deliver what he promised to the people. If he succeeds, I will shake
his hands and tell him that he really won the election. The truth
of the matter is he can rig an election but he can’t rig the
economy,” said president Tsvangirai.
assured the people that he will not betray the struggle of the people
to have democracy. “We won the election but they stole our
vote. What Zanu-PF doesn’t know is that they have made us
stronger, more positive and more robust,” he said.
knew very well it could never win a free and fair election. The
election was lost 20years ago when the military took over election
process from the civilians. When voter registration was taken over
from civilian, we should have known what it meant. When people’s
names were recorded by traditional leaders, we should have known
what it meant,” said president Tsvangirai.
said it is amazing that even Zanu-PF is still in a state of shock.
“They can’t even celebrate. Their biggest challenge
is how to garner legitimacy when the whole country is in national
mourning,” he said
said everyone was hopeful for change adding that there was mass
disenfranchisement through the voters roll, displacement of voters
names, bussing of people, fake ink, chaotic special vote and some
police officers given more ballot papers.
this election, Mugabe know it. Zanu-PF knows it. The international
community knows it. This was a massive fraud. The biggest question
is what then is the way forward? What can we do as MDC? Interestingly,
they (Zanu-PF) were already ready for us before we even reacted
-(referring to police deployment everywhere).
of you are scared of how they will spend the next 5 years under
Zanu-PF leadership. Let me assure you that we will never betray
the struggle of the people to have democracy. Zanu-PF can do all
it wants but this time we won’t join them,” he said.
can’t force us to accept defeat when we know that we won the
election and they know it. We are together till we win the fight,”
the president added.
the same occasion the provincial chairman Julius Magarangoma assured
the people that they will remain strong and resilient until a new
democratic government is delivered. “If Zanu-PF thought they
had dealt with us for good, they lied to themselves. We have gained
more courage than ever before,” he said.
that simply because no one was killed it does not legitimise the
election. “Simply because no one was killed, it does not mean
the election was free and fair. People were heavily intimidated
and there was massive fraud,” he said.
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