MDC urges Sadec protest of 'illegal' vote

2013-07-11 19:48

Harare - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party has urged the Southern African Development Community to press President Robert Mugabe not to proceed with "illegal" elections later this month, a minister said Thursday.

"We wrote a letter to SADC over President Mugabe's unilateral decision to hold elections without finality on reforms," Finance Minister Tendai Biti, who is also secretary general of Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), told AFP.

At a recent summit in Mozambique, the 15-member regional bloc had in vain urged Mugabe to delay the 31 July polls to allow time for key reforms to guarantee a free and fair vote.

"The resolutions made by SADC in Maputo were not fulfilled, rendering the elections meaningless. The electoral amendment was passed without going to parliament and as a result we are going to have an illegal election," Biti said.

Mugabe, 89, last week threatened to leave the SADC for pressuring him to postpone Zimbabwe's polls.

Tsvangirai had called for a three-month delay to implement a series of reforms that would limit the military's role in politics and strip ghost voters from the electoral roll.

In a referendum in March, the impoverished country approved a new constitution that limits presidential powers, but many of the agreed changes have not been implemented.

Under the new charter, Mugabe - in power since 1980 - could serve another two five-year terms.

Tsvangirai was forced into an uneasy power-sharing government with Mugabe four years ago in the aftermath of a bloody presidential run-off election.

  • Michael McN - 2013-07-11 20:32

    Let SADC vote now to declare any current member which leaves the organization before 2020 an enemy of all members, inviting invasion and conquest by all should it secede? That is how slavery was ended in the US

  • Jans Kaunda - 2013-07-11 20:53

    tsvangirai knows that his days in govt are numbered and doesnt want to give up the plush life he has lived for the past five years. as the former US ambassador said after tsvangirai begged america to bomb zimbabwe and prop him into power(undemocratically I may add) "tsvangirai has no initiatives himself and wants us to do all of his work for him" sad to see the people of zimbabwe suffer over the greed and ignorance of this fool who has betrayed his own country and people thinking that he would get propped into power by force from the west. he now is trying the same thing with SADC.

      JMaree - 2013-07-11 21:08

      Shame jans, mugabe really did a number on you... Brainwashed much?

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-12 08:15

      JMaree, read this and please tell us what you think about Morgan and his ability to govern Zimbabwe...............

  • Goman Sofilaone - 2013-07-11 21:05

    This Tsvangirai guy is always asking for piggy backs from outside Zim. He really sounds clueless. Zimbabweans deserve a better opposition than this really. Or maybe that's the leadership they like. Hard to understand but hey no one said politics was easy.

  • Shaun Mangasi - 2013-07-11 21:45

    Who is Sadc in our internal issues? Most of these mdc people went from unemployed to owning houses worth a million with the latest suvs and 4x4s in their garages so its little wonder they want the stupid Gnu to continue. President Comrade Mugabe already apologised for the Gnu so Mdc get ready to get out of government.

  • Garrick Dunstan - 2013-07-11 21:51

    Oooo all the Mugabe cronies here tonight hey

      Jukwa Wacho - 2013-07-12 13:11

      Just block all of them, like you usually do

  • Renias Kay Chikwanda - 2013-07-11 22:24

    from a student to a minister,Biti and his mdc fears the unknown to come on 31.They hv nothing to offer the pple...

  • Bolawana Carol Masao - 2013-07-11 23:02

    I think Tsvangirai is confused and does not know what he wants, few days back he was ok with the election date now he wants the elections to be delayed.

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-12 08:12

      Will the REAL Tsvangirayi please stand up

  • Moreole Gabriel - 2013-07-12 07:42

    All Mugabe's stupid followers are backing him while they are in South Africa , but they're claiming that he is a good leader why ?

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-12 08:12

      Dude, just because someone comments on News24 doesnt mean they are in RSA. You just found an opportunity to show us how xenophobic you are. Zim and RSA have a history of inter-migration, way before Mugabe was born. And there was a time when Zimbabwean men were forced to in RSA by WENELA. Besides, whats your comment on the Tsvangirayi statement above?

      Goman Sofilaone - 2013-07-12 10:41

      By the way Gabriel Moreole this is a www it is available anyway in the world not just in South Africa so anyone can post from anywhere around the world.

      Bolawana Carol Masao - 2013-07-12 11:12

      @Moreole Gabriel don't expose your level of thinking in public platforms 'cause people will laugh at u. 1. just because people follow Mugabe it does not mean they are stupid and those who do not follow him does not mean that they are clever either so stop being narrow minded. 2. It does not matter if they support him but they are in South Africa, how many South Africans where in Zimbabwe during the struggle? go do ur homework. 3. Yes Mugabe is a great leader, why because he liberated people of Zimbabwe from the brutal hands of the british colony and it did not just end the he continue to fight for what he believed in and what the people of Zimbabwe needed which is their land and he got it so yes he is a freat leader and just like any other leader in the world no one is perfect, he is a human being, he makes mistakes just like anybody does. 4. Mugabe is not liked because he says the truth and he says it like it is and he is one of the few leaders who stood up at the general assembly of the UN and condem NATO for killing Gadaffi in such a brutal manner just for oil. 5.The reason Mugabe wants to still lead Zimbabwe it's because he knows that the west has got a regime change against Zimbabwe and Zanu-PF 'cause they know that for as long as Mugabe and Zanu-PF are still around they will never take over Zimbabwe again. so you can hate him for all you like but Mugabe is one of the great leaders that the African continent has. 6.go make your homework on the history of Zimbabwe.

  • Moreole Gabriel - 2013-07-12 08:17

    History of illegal inter - migration ,

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-12 09:18

      I see you are typical Bantu education graduate. They say little knowledge is harmful. When did Zim and RSA become different countries? Do you even know what WANELA was and why it existed? Do you even know that people you adolise like Chief Albert Lithuli (first black African to win a Nobel Peace Prize) were born in Zimbabwe? Yes, the one after which the ANC HQ is named after?

      Goman Sofilaone - 2013-07-12 10:47

      Don't waste your good Apples on bad Swine Tinavo. You cant school them all.

  • Mahlong Ralinko Ralinko - 2013-07-12 09:14

    SADAC mission is to protect dictators,you seek help from the wrong guys !

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-12 12:20

      Its called SADC, and go online and check its mission statement and legal limitations. Its a voluntary organisation, like a church

  • Lindiwe Zulu - 2013-07-12 10:21


      Jukwa Wacho - 2013-07-12 10:39

      I take it you are an MDC supporter Miss Zulu or one of Tsvangirai's many. Violence will not save the PM. We are voting peacefully and voting the revolutionary party. Tsvangirai just like you have nothing to offer

      Goman Sofilaone - 2013-07-12 10:44


      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-12 12:18

      Am currently in Marondera, Mash East, waiting to vote. I stay and work in Johannesburg. Dont resort to insults please. Thats being overzelous and its people like you who will beat up political opponents just because they dont support your party. I am a Zimbabwean first and want the best for my country. Your threat to beat me up in Harare is typical MDC T. By the way, Harare doesnt belong to Tsvangirayi, or anyone for that matter. Dont be used pal. Remember thousands that were bused to Methodist Church in Joburg by MDC? The moment MDC joined the GNU, those poor souls were forgotten overnight, and thats what would happen to you.

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