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Official: Mugabe wins presidential poll

2013-08-03 18:25

Harare - Eighty-nine year old Robert Mugabe was declared the run-away winner of Zimbabwe's controversial presidential election on Saturday, extending his 33-year rule.

Official results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission reported Mugabe garnered 61% of the vote again the 34% won by challenger Morgan Tsvangirai.

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  • Aubrey Austin Mphahlele - 2013-08-03 18:27

    And the looting continues unabated ... Woe unto thee ooh ye Zimbabwe....

      Jay Jay - 2013-08-03 19:43

      And the loser is 'Zimbabwe'.

      Joseph Shange - 2013-08-03 20:17

      Official statistics show that 800 Chinese state firms are managing some 900 projects in Africa, mostly in oil production and mining. China’s trade with Africa is expected to rise to $100 billion annually in 2010, a significant part of that involving the exploitation of Zimbabwe’s platinum mines. Sources say the Chinese military has a special interest in Zimbabwe’s aluminium and zinc. But the big question is, why is China so enthusiastic about a continent in turmoil, where corruption, mismanagement and political strife have forced even the most resilient Western firms to give up? Zimbabwe in particular is littered with failed deals and broken promises for international investors. Having failed to honour international investment agreements, the regime of Robert Mugabe has developed a standard strategy for dealing with the disgruntled investors: kick them out, using violence and threats! So why are the Chinese rushing in where angels fear to tread? The answer, though speculative, may lie in China’s own plan, which may be more ruthless than what the most ruthless of African leaders, like Mugabe can conceive.

      Abanya Way - 2013-08-03 20:33

      @Siyanda, "how more better can it be to be a loser with your land in your hands than be a loser with your land in the hands of foreigners". That, good sir, is exactly where the whole African mind set is wrong. We are NOT losers. We can be winners. We have immense mineral, agricultural and human wealth. We would all be winners if we added value. the mere occupation (land can only ever be occupied, never 'owned') of land without adding value in the way of agriculture or mining will benefit no one. When no one benefits, all are losers. A vote for Mugabe is an admission that you have a loser mindset. Sadly the losers bring the others around them down.

      Jason van Heerden - 2013-08-03 20:37

      @Joseph I hope your planning to get into politics, reading some of your comments today I am highly impressed. This coming from someone that wants SA to shine as bright as possible.

      Jambo Lucille - 2013-08-03 20:59

      Joseph you have hit the nail on the head. The African leaders are shaking hands with the Chinese and with it a dark future for us all, ruthless indeed....'Rather the devil you know....'

      Abanya Way - 2013-08-03 21:09

      Siyanda, you really ought to get over your hatred for the European and start considering life under Chinese rule. Whereas the Europeans did happen upon a backward Africa and exploit the resources, they also have a conscience and subsequently have started bending over blackwards. The Chinese do not abide by the same rules. There is a fearsome ruthlessness in their behaviour to their own kind let alone foreigners. If you honestly believe that Zimbabwe will prosper under Mugabe and his liaison with the Chinese, then you had better starting learning the chords for Bachman Turner Overdrive's "You ain't seen nothing yet".

      Jambo Lucille - 2013-08-03 21:14

      Read your history books before making those remarks, you will eat your words, you have no idea how ruthless the Chinese are.

      Joseph Shange - 2013-08-03 21:23

      TO put things into simple terms... @Siyanda, there was a party called the DP which is basically the DA today which would of done away with Apartheid if they had been voted in, unfortunately the DP was always considered the "English mans" party. A common mistake us blacks make is thinking all whites are the same, it's the same mistake whites make about us. Generalization is one of mankinds worst traits.

      Ritz40 - 2013-08-03 21:24

      Siyanda you are wrong again. Wake up!!! Nobody owns you anything, you are a looser because you just want. I demand a house! I demand education! I demand food! I demand land! Start to work for what you WANT. All Africa problems is not because of the west. That is just a nice excuse!!

      Patricia Dewet - 2013-08-03 21:34

      Siyanda, sorry friend what did the people of Zim do to deserve the mines, land, banks and all other businesses. I will close it all with dynamite and give it back like it was 200 hundred years ago, minerals under the ground, take it out yourselves, my machinery I will sell as scrap metal or set it alight. fill the boreholes with cement, level the farm and set it alight the banks the same bomb the banks that there is nothing left, because they did not built up these banks, so give them back nothing. Let them start from scratch.

      Abanya Way - 2013-08-03 21:35

      Siyanda, a baby born in jail knows no better. When the Europeans came to Africa they happened upon a people with little or no knowledge of anything outside of their village. It was a simple task to woo the chieftains with marble beads and worthless glass trinkets. However, they also brought with them a tool called education. If there is one thing that Zimbabwe has retained through Mugabe it is the high quality education. I am therefore very surprised that an educated fellow such as yourself would be blind to the awakening tiger from China. Education was the key out of jail, yet the African chieftains of today are being wooed by the Chinese by telecom systems and networks (that only they can repair). This time there is no excuse and we only have ourselves to blame. "Fool me once. Shame on you. Fool me twice. Shame on me!" Be afraid. Be very afraid.

      Joseph Shange - 2013-08-03 21:58

      @Siyanda, to answer your question, don't just look at history for the last 100 years but the last 3500 years. You will see wars isn't about race it's about greed. To answer your other question regarding money is that because of Europeans long history of building up money over many generations, they will be the ones with more money at this stage. That is something that cannot be changed and is common sense, if Africa had a economy 500 years ago naturally there would be a lot more richer blacks today.

      Jambo Lucille - 2013-08-03 22:09

      Abanya, I am afraid. They with Russia will become the super power, the world will be a different place. We are handing our land over to them, and when their numbers increase here, there will be no turning back.

      Abanya Way - 2013-08-03 22:38

      Siyanda, a wise man once said that education is what remains when what you have learnt has been forgotten. I should like to also quote an African proverb that says "knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand". For educated people of Africa to honestly consider the colonial rule as the worst that could happen is both naive and dangerous. If their perception is that the Chinese are here for a mutually beneficial partnership all they need do is ask Lesotho how they feel about the Chinese. One of the great advantages of an education is the access to the vast volumes of the history of mankind. One of the great advantages of wisdom is being able to learn from others mistakes. Our African leaders would do well to take heed of the documented human rights abuses of the Chinese and the historical anecdotes of the Chinese in Africa. But I guess that is too much to ask, after all, there is none so blind as those who will not see.

      Pat Mmadi - 2013-08-04 01:14

      Innocent people will continue to suffer,pls go and see at Musina home affairs anyway God will rescue.

      RhysandEllenor Harris - 2013-08-04 06:59

      @Siyanda do you actually live in zimbabwe? I doubt it!

      Miguel Capelo - 2013-08-04 15:30

      Joseph Shange Your post is awesome. Thx.

      Johhno Lipstrei - 2013-08-04 18:59

      official hey? hitler does not think so. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGQunDByowQ

      Truth.speak - 2013-08-04 19:56

      Joseph Shange speaks the TRUTH

  • Stu Williams - 2013-08-03 18:34

    But why the surprise? we knew the results on Monday.

      NickvanGraan - 2013-08-03 19:54

      We actually knew the results before the elections ..

      Pat Mmadi - 2013-08-04 01:32

      So early to know the results but in 2008 it takes 10 trillion Zim Dollars to know the results.Only God will judge .

  • Tshepo Siyaya Rampatla - 2013-08-03 18:34

    Mxm mogube ur flop

  • Black B.E.E Diamond - 2013-08-03 18:36

    1 Word. RIGGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Patrick MoreFire Vianello - 2013-08-03 18:37

    Africa flexes it's natural muscle yet again

      TaniaSS - 2013-08-03 23:00

      Bwahahahaha. Thank you for making me laugh when my soul is in despair.

  • Black B.E.E Diamond - 2013-08-03 18:50

    SADC and the AU must force this old swine to go. They must actually start putting humanity over loyalty

  • Sherlock Holmies - 2013-08-03 18:50

    WHAT ???? I thought MDC would.....ah Watson, back to the Batmobile.

  • dirang.montsho - 2013-08-03 18:52

    All hail Boss Rob'. Son of The Soil!

      Cherri Pye - 2013-08-03 19:04

      Hopefully it won't be too long before he becomes part of the soil....

      RhysandEllenor Harris - 2013-08-04 07:05

      Hopefully he will be worm food soon!

  • Teboho Mokotjomela - 2013-08-03 18:55

    No ways!

  • maraisl - 2013-08-03 18:58

    Would'nt want to work in the credit applications section of a Zim bank on Monday...

  • Prince Waka Mathebula H'ome - 2013-08-03 19:01

    Zimbabwens? Sufferings ahead, suffering continues. Mugabe owe, this wog needs needs to die soon. That colony will never be a country again.

      Bonetastic Comment - 2013-08-03 22:52

      One would think that a site as heavily modded as this would remove comments as the one posted above (Prince) For the less informed as per Wikipedia: Wog is slang word in the idiom of British and Australian English employed as an ethnic or racial slur. Considered derogatory and offensive, it is often applied in reference to dark-skinned or olive-skinned person from Africa or Asia

  • George Brighton Shikhibana - 2013-08-03 19:10

    African Renaissance!

      Sooth Sayer - 2013-08-03 19:50

      Dear sir why is Africa

      Sooth Sayer - 2013-08-03 19:52

      Dear sir why is Africa aiming for a renaissance when the rest of the world is looking to space.

  • Gcobani Bisha - 2013-08-03 19:21

    ZimBRIBEwe

  • Michael Atkins - 2013-08-03 19:23

    The result is almost certainly not a true reflection of the wishes of the legitimate voters of Zimbabwe (many of whom were prevented from voting).

  • Motsarami Christiaan Mahasha - 2013-08-03 19:23

    Viva Cde R Mugabe Viva!!!

  • Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto - 2013-08-03 19:24

    Well done Robert

  • Ayanda M Masina - 2013-08-03 19:26

    It's a victory for Africans and sad for Europeans...

      Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-08-03 19:36

      WHY ?

      Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-08-03 19:47

      Ayanda why are there so many people from zim in south africa?

      Khumbelo Chibase - 2013-08-03 21:35

      Ur mad. Why are u in RSA?

      RhysandEllenor Harris - 2013-08-04 06:43

      If RSA is so bad, then why don't the Zim's go back home?

  • Nkosingiphile Cofu - 2013-08-03 19:31

    The people of Zimbabwe have spoken. A big congratulations to Zanu PF. Aluta continua!

      Cherri Pye - 2013-08-03 22:26

      "a-looter continuer"

  • Morris Khavi - 2013-08-03 19:33

    gud luck my friend

  • Peter Molotsi - 2013-08-03 19:41

    To hell with whoever is deleting our comments, just so you know, we will continue voicing our opinions whether you like them or not...

  • innocent.mvundura - 2013-08-03 19:48

    Baba R G Mugabe is born 2 lead ! Zanu Pf will rule 4ever , its a sham 2 alow mdc 2 gain control of zim , its regreatable and unnecessary 4 pple of zim 2 vote for the western parties lyk mdc its a sign of great disrespect and honour 2 our liberation heros and underming of icons lyk mbuyanehanda ,sekuru kaguvi and war verterians .

      Barker Bugliston - 2013-08-03 19:54

      Enjoy the Samp & Beans 2night Mate !

      Bonetastic Comment - 2013-08-03 22:43

      Barker, you do realise that repeating the same sentence in different threads in the aid of garnering worthless internet points is pretty pathetic.

  • Alice Tang - 2013-08-03 19:52

    Mugabe is too old and a dinosaur. MDC should have replaced Tsangirai when he started womanizing. ZANU PF denigrated him at every opportunity and emphasized to the electorate that Tsangirai is not educated and is a liability to Zim.

      John Butler - 2013-08-03 21:54

      Alice I fully agree with you and have no idea why you got so many down votes. Morgan is not respected among most of the Zimbabweans. The MDC should really look at a new leader if they hope to do better in the next elections.

  • Andrea Elizabeth Van Schalkwyk - 2013-08-03 20:24

    What I cant understand is in 33 years he chased the whites away calling them foreigners an imperialists, but he has no booming economy, the Zimbabwe dollar is worthless, the ppl are starving! Errrrr viva malema oh well .....

      Beverley Bragan Esterhuizen - 2013-08-03 20:45

      I agree, these 'people' are absolutely useless. Not one country in Africa is run well. SA is doomed. I would rather live in cold Europe than with this lot, they do my head in.

  • Thuli Sibeko - 2013-08-03 20:36

    I think he used the last other votes to win the presidential poll As for Morgan he deserved to be the president for a change after so long in this fight

  • Nobility Nobz Mandazi - 2013-08-03 21:00

    that's bad

  • gratton.rush - 2013-08-03 21:10

    We have a young upstart in SA you would call him an activist but call him what you, a no brainer under achiever whatever, but he has more balls than a lot of senior leaders in Africa. Where are the youth of and bornfrees of Zimbabwe, who of you are going to challenge your so called plight. Stop running away from yourproblems stand up and be counted if you are unhappy, dont run away to another country. ROBERT has you all eating out of his hand, so eat.

  • Chappies - 2013-08-03 21:54

    I rest my case.. As jy dom is moet jy sukkel!!

  • Linkford Dairai Mathambo - 2013-08-03 21:54

    There were other two candidates

  • Hofmeyr Retief - 2013-08-03 22:00

    Why does most of our controversial brothers all have fake facebook accounts? Are they afraid? Ill would be afraid if I spewed so much hatred and blatant stupidity.

  • John Smith - 2013-08-03 22:18

    Rigged election

  • Bongo Bongo - 2013-08-03 22:28

    Africans just don't and won't get it. The Right Reverend Manning is soooo right.

  • Doreen Blessed Nokwanda - 2013-08-03 22:55

    SA is heading there,as long as Zuma is still in control.Let's face it,our commander in chief is pompous and makes it a point that we see it.SAcans let us wake up from out dream and make things happen before SA turns into a mini ziMUGABE....

  • Moreblessing Randy Bingepinge - 2013-08-04 06:46

    Papa

  • Moreblessing Randy Bingepinge - 2013-08-04 06:47

    Bob

  • Pat Mmadi - 2013-08-04 06:54

    Riggid and success ,shame to those their voices are silenced.Trillion bearer cheque dollars soon.ZANU PF stop critising Morgan he is a citizen of Zim share the meat with those who cook it for you.

      Dumeza Nkala - 2013-08-05 17:17

      That's the point Pat, everybody has, at some point benefited from the west, Mugabe included, since he studied in the UK. So, who is fooling who?

  • Samuel Chari - 2013-08-04 07:04

    Selling like hot cakes:"How to Crush AngloAmericsn Puppets" -by R.G. Mugabe

      Joseph Shange - 2013-08-04 11:08

      The sequel to that will be:"How to Crush Asian Puppets" --"Insert Authors name here"

  • RhysandEllenor Harris - 2013-08-04 07:29

    Why would anyone want to vote for this evil man? The so called "viva Uncle Bob" supporters are just as much to blame for the way he "rapes" his country and makes his people suffer. Do these "viva Uncle Bob" supporters actually live in Zim? I doubt it very much. They are probably my next door neighbour who are too scared to go back to Zim, but enjoy living off our land who are comfomtable and earning a living wage and can not face going back to Zim, but yet feel the need to critize us Europeans. Zim people have lived a terrible life under this man. To all the so called "Uncle Bob" suppporters, do us Europeans a favour and GO HOME! Maybe you will be singing another tune when you taste the soil your Uncle Bob offers you!

  • Singatha Jongihlati - 2013-08-04 10:48

    From: http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/article9666501.ece Five years ago he won 47.9 percent of the vote to Mugabe's 43.2 percent, which necessitated a runoff. To:Mugabe garnered 61% of the vote again the 34% won by challenger Morgan Tsvangirai. What changed in between?

  • Taku Ruhukwa - 2013-08-04 12:34

    Congrats Cde RG Mugabe for the well deserved victory MDC-T became too relaxed when they were in the inclusive gvt , while ZANU was busy with social programs some MDC members were busy chasing ladies and living lavish lifestyles...these elections were free and fair by AU and SADC stands MDC must start afresh and changes its weak leadership structures.

      Barnabas Mike Mudzengi - 2013-08-04 23:44

      I dnt thnk u really knw wat u saying

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-08-04 12:39

    Anyone expected anything else?.

      Sipho Zulu - 2013-08-04 20:09

      Ons is nog nie verbaas nie. Ons het al lank dieselfde uitkoms gewag.

  • Motlogelwa Seloana - 2013-08-04 14:35

    If you are good, you are good.

  • Eben De Klerk - 2013-08-04 17:03

    I always had sympathy for Zimbabweans as they suffer from poor leadership and governance. But now I understand they are simply the authors of their own demise. No more sympathy. Good luck.

      Sipho Zulu - 2013-08-04 18:46

      The people have spoken. So be it.

  • Truth.speak - 2013-08-04 19:54

    Only in Africa do these irrationalities happen. How one longs for honest, open, truthful, organized, efficient government, not these gangsters.

  • Mphaphuli Phumudzo - 2013-08-05 10:20

    ZIMUGABWE

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