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MDC rejects SADC's 'inaccurate' report

2013-09-05 22:24

Harare - Zimbabwe's main opposition party on Thursday criticised an African development organisation's final report that partly endorsed the country's disputed elections, calling it inaccurate and contradictory.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) early this week issued its final report on Zimbabwe's 31 July elections, saying the vote was free and credible, but found it "very difficult" to declare it fair.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said the report was not endorsed by all members of the 15-country bloc, and claimed it was unduly influenced by Tanzania's foreign minister Bernard Membe, who led the 600-strong observer mission.

"We totally reject this report which we do not accept as the report of SADC," Tendai Biti, the MDC secretary-general told reporters.

"We have consulted with other countries and we are fully aware that this was not a democratic report signed by everyone," said Biti.

Presenting a summary of the regional bloc's report in Harare on Monday, Membe said the elections were free and credible but it was "very difficult to say everything was fair."

"We said and we want to reiterate that that the elections that took place on 31st July 2013 were free," he said.

"On the question of credibility, a lot has been said to the negative. There were so many other elements that when put together elevated the election to a credible status. Therefore, this election was generally credible."

Tanzania is a long-term ally of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, a friendship that stretches back to before the end of white rule in 1980.

Explaining how the elections could be simultaneously free and fair without being credible, Membe said "the elections... were free. Free in the sense that... candidates were free to campaign, free to associate, free to express their views and the voters were free to cast their vote".

SADC's guidelines

The MDC party of former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai will ask the SADC to get Membe to withdraw the Monday statement.

Biti said Zimbabwe's vote - condemned by Western powers - fell far short of the SADC's guidelines stipulating that elections should be "free, fair, peaceful and credible" to be acceptable.

"This election does not pass this test," said Biti. "We are deeply concerned with signs and evidence of an international and regional body serving the interests of one party which is Zanu-PF."

"If this is allowed to pass without condemnation and scrutiny by international law, you are setting a bad precedent," he said, adding "The rape of democracy in Zimbabwe is the rape of democracy across the continent."

Eighty-nine-year old President Robert Mugabe was declared winner of the polls that ended an often acrimonious power-sharing government with Tsvangirai. Mugabe took 61% of the vote against Tsvangirai's 34.

Tsvangirai dismissed the vote as "a massive fraud" citing a series of complaints including a suspiciously high number of voters who were turned away from polling stations in urban areas, which are considered opposition strongholds.

He also alleged that his party's supporters in rural areas were intimidated by Mugabe backers into feigning illiteracy, meaning ballots could be cast on their behalf by police and election officers who supported the president.

Comments
  • Ayanda M Masina - 2013-09-05 22:39

    We don't care about Tsangirai and MDC who are they? Do they matter in the governance of Zimbabwe? No! They can't even sway a decision in Parliament. It's a useless voiceless party led by a womanizer who dumps his women by smses because he can't face them. He is just a frog that wants to wake up bring a crocodile...Go to hell MDC

      Sani Mabena - 2013-09-05 22:49

      Well said,well said!!

      Bob Brodiy - 2013-09-06 08:12

      hahaha ...zanupf thugs everywhere. I didn't realise that you guys could read...hahaha

      Widzo Mateere Moyo - 2013-09-06 08:26

      Yes,to hell with the mdc puppets.They will never rule Zimbabwe.NEVER.

      Vambozha Mutemi Wadzo - 2013-09-06 10:27

      The majority will always suffer because of people like you with your selfish and ignorant ideologies. Would you like Zuma to rule for the next 30 years without even being replaced within ANC? Have you been in a 1km queue to buy bread or a 5km queue to buy fuel? Have you earned R50 as a teacher? Have you travelled from Joburg to Mpumalanga on pot holes? Have you ever paid a trillion rands to buy pap and steak? Have you been assaulted for wearing a red shirt..then you would wear a downs shirt for supporting pirates? If the answer is NO to all this, then I am surprised or simply your brain neorological pathways are just rigid, a medical condition uncurable.

  • Sani Mabena - 2013-09-05 22:41

    We are now sick and tired of this endless MDC nonsense.Tsvangrai and his Mdc thugs should not think they have a devine right to win elections! They authored their own electoral defeat through their corrupt, selfish, incompetent ways. It's high time this British sponsored party is punished by Sadc and AU for its flagrant disregard for Sadc positions.

      Peter Mansfield - 2013-09-05 22:55

      Sick and tired of democracy, too? If you think that election was fair, you are not a democrat.

      Sani Mabena - 2013-09-05 23:14

      We are sick and tired of people who claim to be democrats but don't want to accept the outcome of that democracy which is a free election!! We are sick n tired of idiots who claim that there was rigging and yet they CANNOT PROVE that! Of course we cannot say it was a fair environment because the Western Imperialist forces were funding MDC and using sanctions to try to force Zimbabweans to vote for the puppets.

      Mattewis Kat - 2013-09-06 08:36

      What we can say is that people who think that famine is progress, either are the actual puppets or just really stupid!

      ProfAndyZulu - 2013-09-06 10:03

      Ya, and Zimbabwe has to receive more food aid again this year so that their liberated citizens don't starve to death... Talk about selfish and incompetent, hey? Are you going to eat your vote?

      Patricia Dewet - 2013-09-06 11:02

      You will all die if the hated British and West do not feed you and supply medicine to the hospitals. Mugabe can afford to import food for himself and his family. All the money he stole over the years.

      Vambozha Mutemi Wadzo - 2013-09-06 11:20

      You have always been sick even before MDC was formed so dont blame MDC

      Tatora Ivhu - 2013-09-06 16:19

      Vambozha I think you've been spending too much time on propaganda sites. "The majority will always suffer because of people like you with your selfish and ignorant ideologies". The majority has spoken loud and clear. They don't want to be led by a man who wants to get in to power at all costs including calling for sanctions so his people suffer. "Would you like Zuma to rule for the next 30 years without even being replaced within ANC"? It the ANC choose him so what? "Have you been in a 1km queue to buy bread or a 5km queue to buy fuel? Have you earned R50 as a teacher"? Bread queue's fuel queue's? Dude have you just been defrosted. Why pull things out of the archives? "Have you travelled from Joburg to Mpumalanga on pot holes? Have you ever paid a trillion rands to buy pap and steak? Have you been assaulted for wearing a red shirt..then you would wear a downs shirt for supporting pirates"? blah blah blah blah yackety smackety. Be more creative. We've been reading this tosh from the independent press for years. "If the answer is NO to all this, then I am surprised or simply your brain neorological pathways are just rigid, a medical condition uncurable". The MDC has no place in Zimbabwe. You need to deal with that reality sooner rather than later.

  • Sakala Ashani - 2013-09-05 23:27

    For sure they dont matter in the governance of zimbabwe, these mdc guys resuscitated a disappearing economy in 2009, growth figures were at -14% , hyper inflation, a gvt wc could not pay its employees, I mean mdc its useless party zanu can do it alone like they have done since 1980. These are some of their achievements, 95% unemployment, hyperinflation wc was reduced by mdc in 2009, from breadbasket to the basket case, successful land reform, higher literacy levels in africa

      Sani Mabena - 2013-09-05 23:46

      MDC didn't resuscitate the economy.It was political stability and the multi currency system (zanu pf policy) that resuscitated the economy. MDC failed dismally to provide any economic policy during its entire stay is the inclusive govt.

      Samuel Chari - 2013-09-06 09:07

      Are you taking someting,Sakala, or Which MDC are you talking about ?

      Vambozha Mutemi Wadzo - 2013-09-06 11:30

      Sani you are kidding right?? Who was the finance minister in the inclusive government? Who brought that political stability? Who proposed the multi currency system? The dull zanu pf supporters who voted for zanu think its zanu that did all that. Watch this space.Unless they use the diamond proceeds wisely the economy will take a nose dive again. Get your facts right before you type your hogwash

      Sani Mabena - 2013-09-06 12:34

      @Vambozha.It was the then acting finance minister,Patrick Chinamasa who proposed the adoption of the multi currency system shortly before the inclusive govt.The inclusive govt brought political stability as it neutralized the ruinous MDC that had been sabotaging and destabilizing the country.This stability along with the multi currency regime is what stabilized the economy.Tendai Biti didn't do anything commendable.He was actually sabotaging key areas of the economy like agriculture and secretly telling Americans to maintain the illegal sanctions.No amount of propaganda by you MDC idiots will change that fact.Voters were wise enough to understand this.

  • israel.ntlatleng - 2013-09-06 06:40

    Tsvangarai must just come to Sandton and start campaigning for the next elections. He is such a sore looser.

  • Samuel Chari - 2013-09-06 08:38

    The combination of puppetry and idiocy is a big problem. It is even worse when one is not aware of his idiocy.

  • DerekMain - 2013-09-06 09:36

    Who cares about Zim anyway? It's a basket-case and will be until true democracy is allowed again. Ex-liberators can never act democratically - they only know one way - violence, intimidation and one-eyed propaganda.

  • Jimmy Khuzwayo - 2013-09-06 13:20

    Who honestly cares about what MDC says? They are a sinking ship.

  • Gaylord Masango Mandizvidza - 2013-09-06 14:14

    MDC's will always be the ruling party of Halluci-nation! Unfortunately for them, Zimbabwe is not a province of that nation and no amount of convincing will make them realise it.

  • Nathi Sibbs - 2013-09-07 18:08

    As Africans does dictatorship, racism, tribalism, xenophobia do these promote us as a people that we are a force to be recognised? What cause civil wars in Africa? As an African I believe black dictatorship is as painful and unlawfall as white oppression. Despots such as Robert Mugabe is another cancer plunging SADC like distructive Aids, HIV pandemic, hunger, starvation, hopelessnes, unemployement. This is a man with his party that has driven millions into self exile, driven even blind people to be economic migrant. We African have a duty to stand upright and denounce goverment that refuse dignity to its citizens such as that one of Robert Mugabe and King Mswati. What value does Mugabe and his governmemnt add to his people???

  • Nyakanyaka Nyakanyaka - 2013-09-10 06:39

    This changirai must go n live in orania where orangutans descents reside. Hang changirai n make britainsmdc pay.

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