Tsvangirai calls for fair 2012 election

2011-11-21 11:19

Chitungwiza - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who said he was robbed of victory in 2008 elections, pleaded on Sunday for 2012 polls to reflect the will of the people.

"The vote must be secured... The will of the people must be respected," Tsvangirai told supporters of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters in Chitungwiza, southeast of the capital Harare.

President Robert Mugabe has said the next polls would take place before March but Tsvangirai said on Sunday the exact was still being discussed, amid rising tensions between their two camps.

About 2 000 MDC supporters attended Sunday's rally, as anti-riot police patrolled around the stadium.

Two weeks ago, the MDC cancelled its rally after militants from Mugabe's Zanu-PF hurled stones at supporters who were gathered in the stadium for the event.

Both Tsvangirai and Mugabe have condemned the violence in the run-up to the polls and called for tolerance.

Tsvangirai led Mugabe, who has ruled since 2008, in the first round of the 2008 presidential election but failed to win an outright majority. He pulled out of the run-off citing intimidation, handing victory to Mugabe.

Following an international outcry, sanctions on the ruling party and months of arduous negotiations, a power-sharing agreement was reached in which Mugabe kept his job and Tsvangirai became prime minister.

  • JMan - 2011-11-21 12:24

    Fair Elections? In Zimbabwe with Bob still around? Dream on.

      Francois - 2011-11-21 15:21

      Let Mbeki speak! Let Mbeki speak! This was a Mbeki go at finding an African solution for an African problem. Let Mbeki speak. Come on Hypocrite Mbeki - speak!

      Barry - 2011-11-21 20:41

      Morgan..Nah. Not going to happen. I don't know how Francois thinks Mbeki is going to fix it. Mbeki never had a chance to see the process through.

      Francois - 2011-11-21 21:02

      No Barry, I don't think he ever will, but Zim will be a whole better place if that hypocrite stated that he allowed Bob to steal not only one, but two elections. It is not the chance that he lacks, it is moral fibre, for Mbeki it is better for Africa to live under the rule of tyrants (he himself wanted to become one) under the auspices of self determination than for Africa to have human rights. That is why I ask him to speak up and speak the truth, but he is probable the devil incarnate, he will make rape sound like kissing a white English girl like he did when he studied in the UK.

  • William - 2011-11-21 14:12

    Yes, I think we all know that elections with Uncle Bob in charge will be a sham!!! We need inpartial monitors from the UN!! Tha AU are a waste of space in the back pocket of Mugabe!!

  • ludlowdj - 2011-11-21 15:08

    Free and Fair? Africa?.......are you crazy, there has never been one nor will there ever be one. white mans democracy has never worked on the Africa continent where general opinion is Democracy comes out of the barrel of a gun.

  • Larry - 2011-11-21 15:14

    Morgan needs a wake up call. Until he walks away from the Gravy train and fights for a win, demands a result and faces up to Zanu PF, he will get nowhere. Still… there is always the inclusive gravy train, should he squib it again.

  • bkaridza - 2011-12-06 10:38

    The generality of Zimbabweans need to change their midset, we cannot remain bound by Mugabe because we have chosen to follow democratic practice under an able should be ruling party MDC T. It is written in The Long Walk to Freedom that, "it is the one in power that controls the nature of the struggle" What it then means is that there are times when action that counters exactly the dictator's way of things.

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