World 'mustn't let Mugabe rig election'

2012-03-19 08:58

London - Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday urged the world not to allow President Robert Mugabe to steal any future elections, but insisted his country is open for business despite its problems.

"My call to the world is, 'you must insist on the necessary reforms to create a conducive environment for free and fair elections and a lasting solution to the crisis in Zimbabwe'," Tsvangirai said in Monday's London Times.

Tsvangirai won the first round of the 2008 presidential election only to withdraw after Mugabe's Zanu-PF unleashed a wave of violence against supporters of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Mugabe was forced into a power-sharing government with the MDC, but Tsvangirai fears the veteran leader will resort to underhand tactics when Zimbabweans next vote for their president.

Tsvangirai, 60, warned it would be "naive to believe Zanu-PF would willingly go to free and fair elections if they don't have something up their sleeve", adding he couldn't trust Mugabe "because he speaks with a forked tongue".

Elections are scheduled for 2013, but negotiations over a new constitution that would set out the rules for the vote have stalled on several points, including whether Mugabe, 88, should be allowed to run.

Unstable politics and strict laws

Tsvangirai recently blamed the delay on "some amongst us who regard reforms as a way of ceding power".

Despite its unstable politics and strict laws which require foreign companies to cede majority stakes to black Zimbabweans, the prime minister stressed that investors could yield rich returns in Zimbabwe.

He argued that southern Africa's former bread basket offered some of the highest rates of return in Africa, a well-educated workforce and zero foreign exchange risk due to its use of the US dollar.

Highlighting China, South Korea and Vietnam, Tsvangirai reasoned that political democracy was not a pre-requisite for successful investment, but admitted Zimbabwe's foreign investment laws were a hindrance.

The prime minister, who is in London for an African business summit, called the laws "political rhetoric", introduced by Mugabe to win votes.

  • Kagiso - 2012-03-19 09:08

    whereas in 2008, the world happily folded it's arms and watched as mugarbage rigged that election and purged hundreds of thousands people for not voting for him. what on earth would make tsvangirai think tht anyone will do anything about it this time?

      thozi - 2012-03-19 09:56

      @ Kagiso Minister Nosiviwe Mapise-Nqakula headed a delegation of SA monitors to one of the recent Zimbabwen elections. She came back full of praise and unashamedly declared that the elctions were fair and square (whatever that means in her own understanding). Most recently, ANC Secretary declared his total support for Mugabe and wished that he wins. He added that the ANC would arrange support for the old Zimbabwen mule. Now tell me, how "fairer" than that can the Zimbabwen elections be, with ANC support callously evident?

      TheJaydedKing - 2012-03-19 10:41

      the anc is mugabe's lap dog

      Deon - 2012-03-19 10:43

      Mugabe lost the election but still clung to power. It seems as if this is the African way.

      Wilbert - 2012-03-19 18:29

      Sorry Kagiso, the world warned Tsvangirai about trusting Mugabe and he did not want to believe them. It was he who was naive not the rest of the world. The least he should be doing is admit that he was wrong!

  • Kagiso - 2012-03-19 09:14

    other african countries don't care because they worship mugarbage and his racist and homophobic ''pan-african'' policies. zimbabwe doesn't have oil, so forget the UN (Useless oil-hungry Nutcases).

  • Piet - 2012-03-19 09:16

    Why not? It is the Afrocentric way!

  • Bernard - 2012-03-19 09:41

    Dictator Till Death, hopefully sooner rather than later

  • Ben - 2012-03-19 10:41

    They dont have money for an election. One presumes the S.A. government will assist them with a loan.

  • Mc - 2012-03-19 10:47

    Morgan Tsvangirai! Robert Gabriel Mugabe will beat (literally) again your big head while the world watches. All african leaders want to stay in power forever so why should they act against something that is on the top of their personal agendas? You are on your own. Sorry!

  • Lesvokli - 2012-03-19 11:36

    South Africa could of ended this madness a decade ago but chose to secretly back Bob because the ANC was and still is indebted to ZANU PF. Since ZANU PF is a conscience creditor of the ANC, I wont be surprised if Bob dies in office.

      thozi - 2012-03-19 12:12

      @ Lesvokli Why do you think he's still alive?

      Lesvokli - 2012-03-19 16:18

      @ thozi Only God knows that question, but is completely irrelevant to what im talking about, sorry

  • jamesbond - 2012-03-19 13:02

    how are you going to stop him??? He will do it again and again and again. When he dies his next in line will do the same as him. The rest of the world does not care as there is no crude oil in Zim.

  • JohnWJonker - 2012-03-19 13:03

    If there was oil & gas, Zimbabwe wouldv'e been seized by US control years ago...just so sad to know that there are countries with more than enough power to make a difference for the greater good who sit and do nothing because of the mere face that they have nothing to gain if they were to help the people in Zim dying because of one man's greed.

      jamesbond - 2012-03-19 13:05

      My point exactly!!!!!

      Jackie - 2012-03-19 14:37

      Absolutely! There is blood on all of their hands. And as fot the useless poms! They have had a lot to do with Zim from independence so they know the tendencies but still they look away. If any fair sized country went in there to get things organised there would be no fight from Zim. Please! Someone go and help them.

      thebrucemcdonald - 2012-03-19 17:30

      For the simple-minded, everything revolves around oil. The US participated in the WWII for oil, we fought in Korea, Vietnam for oil. The US invaded grenada and Panama for Oil. Oh, come on - try and think for yourself and don't repeat the silly, worn-out lies.

  • Ron - 2012-03-19 13:33

    Why are Blacks so DESPERATE to hang on to power? Why are so many Black politicians authoritarian and dictatorial? Why are Black politicians corrupt? Why do Black politicians ignore the will of the People? Are Black men weak? Do they have to compensate for their lack of manliness by becoming tyrants?

      peter.nyatoo - 2012-03-24 16:21

      we got dictators all ova the world Mr.Look at Syria,Cuba,Venezuela.Are thoz leaders black.Check ur facts pliz sir

  • Mark - 2012-03-19 16:43

    Poor old Morgan is surely being rhetorical here.

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