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Zim polls credible, says AU's Obasanjo

2013-08-02 11:02

Harare - Zimbabwe's election was credible and fair, the chief of the African Union observer mission said Friday, but the bloc's report noted some problems with the voters’ roll and of people being turned away from polling booths.

President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF appeared confident of a sweeping victory, while the rival Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said the "sham" polls would plunge the country into crisis.

"We are very happy this morning. We are very confident and excited. We think there is a sense of victory for us," Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said.

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He said the party expected to get between 130 and 140 seats in the 210-member parliament.

Results from about 30% of seats in parliament showed Zanu-PF taking a strong early lead, with 52 to the MDC's 10.

Mugabe's party managed to wrest control of some urban constituencies previously held by the rival MDC.

The final results of Wednesday's election must be announced by Monday.

Local elections observers noted there were serious problems with the voters’ roll in urban areas - long considered MDC strongholds.

Vote rigging

Tsvangirai has declared the elections to be "null and void" because of allegations of vote rigging.

Zanu-PF insists the polls were conducted in a "free and fair" manner, as does the Zimbabwe Election Commission.

In the 2008 election that was marred by violence, Tsvangirai won the first round but did not get enough votes to avoid a run-off. Widespread intimidation, including the deaths of some 200 of his supporters, forced him to pull out of the runoff.

The presidential poll results are only expected in the coming days. If no candidate gets at least 50% of the vote, a second round will be held September 11.

The 89-year-old Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since 1980, has vowed to step down if he loses.

Africa's oldest head of state presided over a decade-long economic collapse, in part blamed on his policy of grabbing white-owned farms without compensation and fuelling hyper inflation.

For all Zimbabwe election stories please visit our Zimbabwe Special Report Page.

Comments
  • Francois Smith - 2013-08-02 11:06

    How did the voting of people outside Zim go? Were they not allowed to vote?

      ThomasFreeman - 2013-08-02 11:23

      You get the government you deserve. If you suffer because of it don't ask for help from the West. Zimbabwe you made your own bed now lie in it and shut up.

      Andrew Arde - 2013-08-02 11:39

      @ Thomas Freeman......do you honestly believe that the results of this election are in fact the will of the people of Zimbabwe?? I think not!!

      mapepaki - 2013-08-02 11:42

      You know what, I USED to care, no longer. You want Mugabe, you got him now deal with him.

      Brian Enslin - 2013-08-02 12:04

      The AU have to say the elections were free and fair. Otherwise they would be mandated to do something about it. They do not want to get involved. It would be an extremely messy affair and the AU do not have the muscle to do anything constructive in Zim. Easier to leave Zim to sort itself out.

      the_gob - 2013-08-02 12:19

      8million ballot papers for 6.4 million registered voters and they call it free and fair? 99.97% of rural voters were registered, while only 67.94% for urban voters and they call it free and fair? 82% of urban polling stations turned away voters, the figure was just 38% in rural stations! That mean almost 1million people in urban areas were not able to vote because their names disappeared from the voters roll and they call it free and fair? 2.8% of "eligible" voters over the age of 102 in a country with a life expectancy of under 60 and they call it free and fair? Roughly 8% of "eligible" voters are dead and they call it free and fair? About 3 million people outside the country denied their right to vote and they call it free and fair?

      DerekMain - 2013-08-02 12:55

      And that, in a nutshell, is why no-one takes the AU seriously. These guys are a laugh a minute. Seems like all they do is prop up tin-pot dictators.

      KevanFoxcroft - 2013-08-02 15:44

      This is the African way.... Stay in power by any means... Everyone knows the election was rigged. But to give it some legitamacy the AU says it is legit... O be still my beating heart.. WTF is the african union again? Next showerhead will step forth to congratulate Bob . "Silent diplomacy" sounds vaguely familiar? Dont worry the EFF are not far behind in the brain department...

  • Brad Smith - 2013-08-02 11:06

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. This means one of two things. Either Africans are corrupt, or Africans are stupid.

      Ketso Mafatle-Mpesela - 2013-08-02 11:34

      Kobus, please don't start!

      David Peterson - 2013-08-02 11:41

      No Brad it doesn't but it does give a clear indication that you are a rather epic fool.

      Michael Wilson - 2013-08-02 11:49

      @ David - wholeheartedly seconded.

      Brad Smith - 2013-08-02 12:03

      @David and @ Michael. What else can it possibly mean? If the elections were fraudulent, but the African Union is calling it credible, then Africans by virtue of their representative body's declaration are corrupt. Conversely, if the AU is correct, and the elections represent the will of the Zimbabwean people, then they have given Mad Bob another 5 years at the helm. Most people would call that stupid. Do you not?

      Johnson Smith - 2013-08-02 12:03

      Is it only credible if the EU or the USA says so?? Let Africa solve its own problems. AU says it's credible then it's credible

      Eugene Fourie - 2013-08-02 12:06

      @Johnson Smith.Yeah our continent is doing a wonderful job of that so far hey...?

      ian.flack2 - 2013-08-02 12:07

      And some people who write stupid statements are morons......

      George Wood - 2013-08-02 12:45

      Is that the sound of the jingle jangle of diamonds in your pocket Mr Obasanjo ???????

      Horace Kawaka - 2013-08-02 15:11

      no, it only means that Africans wanna play by their rules, so keep your nose out this because it does not concern you!

      Brad Smith - 2013-08-02 15:18

      @Horace. What rules are those?

      Horace Kawaka - 2013-08-02 16:06

      you don't need to know Brad. We rule Africa our ways, so they rule Europe their ways. Simple as that!

      Nathalie Clevenot Sinovich - 2013-08-02 17:31

      Africans do not want interference from Europe, but desperately cry out for help from Europe when the African way ends up in disaster due to corruption, idleness and incompetance, every time.

  • Johnson Smith - 2013-08-02 11:10

    Congratulations to Zimbabwe. Let Africa solve it's own problems. AU says they are credible then they are credible. Are they only credible if MDC wins?? The masses of Zim want Mugabe.

      ThomasFreeman - 2013-08-02 11:22

      So Ian Smith was right. Democracy does not WORK in Southern Africa. It is not one man one vote but one intimidated sheep and his vote.

      Koos Poggenpoel - 2013-08-02 11:27

      You must either be completely ignorant or just plain stupid, I can't really decide...

      Johnson Smith - 2013-08-02 12:00

      The same will happen in SA come 2014. We, the masses, will decide who we want. Call us sheeple, stupid, ignorant and illiterate

      Luke Weyers - 2013-08-02 14:23

      You're a Fake Troll. Enough said.

      Horace Kawaka - 2013-08-02 15:14

      one got the message at last... so meaning we are going on the right direction.

      Afri CAn Overcome - 2013-08-02 22:51

      thank you johnson smith! it seems anyone who comments anything positive about Africa or zim gets more than 20 dislikes * waiting to be proved wrong* and on an another note, not that i want to bring race into this, but i see a lot of "white" folk being at the fore front of anti mugabe protests..coincidence? i think not...the same people who want to be called Africans talk about how useless Africans are :O?? again, im not racist, but if you think Africans are so stupid and Africa is so useless, i recommend leaving the continent. no progress can occur with people constantly bringing bad energy, Africa will change and be better when all outside influences are blocked! sure things will be tough in the beginning, zim being proof of that, but history has proved that anyone who has gone against a system has gone through hardships.

  • Duncan Scott Bennie - 2013-08-02 11:13

    This is why no one will ever respect or trust Africans, will support this G1t right to the point of helping him cheat a nation

      Erich Goosen - 2013-08-02 12:25

      According to the AU credibility is not tarnished even if the voters' roll had been rigged, 1 million voters not on roll, the voters' roll not given timeous opportunity to inspect the roll and which contains the highest number of voters older than 100 years.

  • Khutso Mokami - 2013-08-02 11:16

    EU will impose sanctions now....oh oh I dnt wanna see wat will happen to Zimbabwe because of the so called "angels" of the world(Europeans,its gonna be bad. Hope your prepared Mugabe

      Eugene Fourie - 2013-08-02 11:36

      Mugabe and his followers who keep on bashing the West every time he opens his big mouth should then do the following..stop using Western technology.electricity,running water,modern toilets,processed food,designer suites and oh yes those lovely German luxury vehicles you love to parade in..give them back to the West too!Then you can TRULY say you have done away with all of the EVIL West in your country.bunch of hypocrites

      mapepaki - 2013-08-02 11:38

      They will only impose sanctions on Bobbie not the country. But seeing as the AU says it was free and fair, then Europe may lift the sanctions on him and his merry men. BUT please don't believe the propaganda that sanctions are on Zimbabwe as a whole.

      Naas Du Plessis - 2013-08-02 12:41

      Mugabe wants nothing to do with the west so in my opinion they should stop contributing to zim. Simple

  • Pardon Hove - 2013-08-02 11:16

    People of Zimbabwe like Mugabe. Why are some people complaining. Mugabe won the elections clean & smart. He deserves to rule his people.

      Koos Poggenpoel - 2013-08-02 11:27

      Like I said, either completely ignorant or just plain stupid

      Pardon Hove - 2013-08-02 11:49

      You are the one who is stupid & ignorant bcause yu dont even have a degree. Fool

      Pardon Hove - 2013-08-02 11:52

      M well educated than yu guys. Thanks.

      Zumba - 2013-08-02 11:59

      Some of the smartest and richest people in the world do not carry degree's a degree is not a sign of intellect. Fool!

      Jim Bean - 2013-08-02 12:08

      You can have all the degrees in the world but it only takes one stupid comment on a public forum to prove your true educational competence.

      PB - 2013-08-02 12:15

      Pardon, you are really funny. But we'll pardon you. By the way, some of the most stupid people I know have degrees.....

      Zumba - 2013-08-02 12:25

      Mugabe has 4! Case in point.

      Naas Du Plessis - 2013-08-02 12:43

      He is 89 and has nothing to offer to the future of zim. His only doing it cause if he loses he'll get locked up for a 100000 reasons.

      DSBennie - 2013-08-02 12:45

      Your degree is from UNISA so is not worth the paper it is written on in any case

      Hilbert Wouters - 2013-08-02 13:01

      haha, you comedian!

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-08-02 13:21

      Pardon Hove. How do you know he doesn't have a degree?. Talk about childish nonsense, and you dare tell him he is stupid and ignorant. Geez.

      Horace Kawaka - 2013-08-02 16:16

      @Koos. the ignorant or stupid one is you. Because you keep putting your dirty nose in thinks that do not concern you. Keep this one in your mind once and for good: Bod will never allow no one and I mean no frickin one to sale back Zimbabweans land to Europeans. Not at least while he is still alive! helllllllll to the no.

  • Marc Ross - 2013-08-02 11:16

    Always look on the bright side: Currently I employ mostly Zimbabweans, they are good workers, bright, dont strike and are very seldom absent from work come Monday morning. They are happy to work for me, send money back home and enjoy SA. They have a second home here, many with SA wives and girlfriends. I win, they win. Thanks to Bob.

      Beryl Severain - 2013-08-02 11:40

      I agree - also employ "BOB'S people - my gain-his loss

      Jaco Steenkamp - 2013-08-02 11:47

      True that, Zimbabweans are some of the nicest and kindest people I have met

  • Ronald Magombedze - 2013-08-02 11:18

    Rubbish

  • Eterni80 - 2013-08-02 11:19

    this is a case of the blind leading the blind the son of satan was never going to let this proceed honestly. and the world watches - blinks and watches... the world is a mess because we elect the scum of the earth to lead us, and not the salt of the earth. Politicians and germs - both kill alot of people.

  • Ronald Magombedze - 2013-08-02 11:20

    You admit there were problems with the voter's roll and go on to declare the election credible, Africa man

  • Ronald Magombedze - 2013-08-02 11:21

    Nonsense

  • fabrizio.altichiero - 2013-08-02 11:22

    If the people of Zim are to stupid to realize they have suffered under Bob, and life has gotten worse and not better over the how many years, and they still vote for him then they deserve evrything they get in the furture.

      Scott Gersok - 2013-08-02 11:30

      they do realise, and they do vote for the opposing party MDC, but then the idiot Mugabe rigs the hole damn vote

  • Michael Howard - 2013-08-02 11:22

    says the election observer boarding a flight to Dubai with a backpack full of diamonds. Gifts from a grateful nation.

      Scott Gersok - 2013-08-02 11:29

      LOL - yes indeed, probably just like that!

  • Ndoutt Thomas - 2013-08-02 11:23

    How dare on earth could the majority of eligible Zimbabwen voters cast their votes for tyrant like Mugabe? Come on, not this time. Which craft or fraud?????

      Phae Rayden - 2013-08-02 11:29

      Definitely which craft!

      Zohan Steppingstone - 2013-08-02 11:46

      Could be a crafty which?

      Jim Bean - 2013-08-02 12:10

      Which witch ?

  • Stanley Tshipuke - 2013-08-02 11:24

    I wonder what would the MDC leadership have to say about the election if they had won, the poles must not be shifted from the ground because Zanu PF is scoring but the allegations must be investigated and supported by evidence before conclusions are reached. And I believe the AU did exactly that and if that is the case, the MDC must swallow their pride and accept the outcome of the elections but in politics that is a bitter pills to swallow.

      Andrew Arde - 2013-08-02 11:41

      Well I think if the MDC did win, it would've accurately have reflected the will of the people not like the farce that occurred 2 days ago!

      Mark Oosthuizen - 2013-08-02 11:44

      MDC had no chance of winning a rigged election fool. The evidence is in Zimbabwe - look at the poverty and starvation! Africa is killing itself, and all because of people like you that turn a blind eye voting for your dictators thinking they are a God. Well they are not Gods my friend, they are hypnotists. And Africa is full of gullible victims.

      Zumba - 2013-08-02 12:02

      I watched the rallies on TV and if the amount of supporters at each rally was anything to go by them MDC should have won 2/3's of the vote. Mugabe had no support.

  • Brad Smith - 2013-08-02 11:24

    The scary part is that these are the supposedly best educated Africans...

      Jason van Heerden - 2013-08-02 11:32

      That would go to Botswana. Very well run country, if it had a port it would put our country to shame.

      Jim Bean - 2013-08-02 12:11

      True story, Brad. Botswana is the ONLY African success story so far.

      Nathalie Clevenot Sinovich - 2013-08-02 17:44

      That is why Africa problem is not education, as liberals love to lament is the problem. It is a spiritual problem only defeated when Africa turns away from worshipping the dead. Mugabe is a walking dead Zombie who is clearly understood, which Africa loves to support and worship, he is already an ancestor who is still in his skin.

  • Jason van Heerden - 2013-08-02 11:26

    Way too much media attention given to a country that doesn't even feature economically. Yah Mugabe won , who cares... time to focus on real issues relating to our country. Like kicking out illegal immigrants and setting up proper border controls.

      Andrew Arde - 2013-08-02 11:43

      I think your comment is rather ignorant!! Do you have any idea how mush SA exports to Zimbabwe? Probably not!

      Jason van Heerden - 2013-08-02 12:36

      Andrew are you saying they have a strong economy then? Once a country that was the bread basket of Africa now has to import most of it's food...

  • ThomasFreeman - 2013-08-02 11:27

    Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said the "sham" polls would plunge the country into crisis. If that is the case Mugabe stole this election like he did the last two way the West will NEVER recognise it or lift sanctions on Zim. Welcome to another term of ZANU PF hell. And to be crucified by the Chinese colonialists.

  • Scott Gersok - 2013-08-02 11:27

    Do we actually believe this crap (AU) PLEASE, they themselves are a bunch of corrupt people! The elections has not been fair as per usual, sack this guy who said it was fair, how can it be fair when you dont even have enough ballet papers to vote in the second biggest city Bulawayo! who is this idiot that said fair!

  • Paul Greenwood - 2013-08-02 11:30

    Tsvangirai 30% Mugabe 150% Bob wins

      Patricia Dewet - 2013-08-02 11:59

      According to Bob there are more voters in the country than people. All in the country were given a Bob voters card and have the were helpless but to vote for him. Why Africans are so scared of their own people I don't know, maybe because thy know what he and his tugs can do to them.

  • Graham Barnes - 2013-08-02 11:32

    And people wonder why we cant go forward as Continent? Well if you've got a bunch of Muppets in control like the AU, who blantant co-operate with a Despotic Tyrant like Mugabe to "Observe" a obviously rigged sham of a Election, it truly makes me Sad as a person of this Beautiful Land!

  • mapepaki - 2013-08-02 11:33

    Bunch of losers, cannot believe their blatant lies.

  • Nthatheni Munzhedzi - 2013-08-02 11:45

    Thomas, I totally agree with you, I believe most of the mourners who are Zimbabwean in our country are the one who let themselves down, instead of running to the polls to vote for their preferred candidate, they run to the media, elections are won at the polling not at the media.

  • Stephen AndKathy Whiteley - 2013-08-02 11:46

    A pathetic effort by a police state to attract investment

  • Phae Rayden - 2013-08-02 11:48

    If the majority of Zimbabwean people think a geriatric, murderous dictator is still the best option for them and their children's future after 33 years of stagnant thinking, stripping of assets, and revenge management, who are we to disagree, because we obviously don't understand the benefits of consciously voting for ignorance, poverty and struggle.

  • Nthatheni Munzhedzi - 2013-08-02 11:50

    I cant wait to hear All Majesty Honourable President of lifetime Robert Mugabe addressing his party and the parliament. VIVA the people choice party VIVA. People of Zimbabwe has spoken we all should swallow our pride and just follow-suit

  • Mark Janse van Rensburg - 2013-08-02 11:50

    I thought you would get arrested if you say something prior to results. Laughing stock democracy?

      Mark Oosthuizen - 2013-08-02 12:11

      Tshililo I take it you have no problems with watching the Zimbabwean population starve to death then?

      Horace Kawaka - 2013-08-02 16:24

      @Tshililo- I salute your truthful thoughts bro! A good reminder.

  • Pol Saa - 2013-08-02 11:56

    Tunisia, Egypt, Libya .. say no more !!!

  • Jon Low - 2013-08-02 11:56

    AU and Obasanjo are not credible. Nor are the Zim elections.

  • Ian McNaughton - 2013-08-02 11:58

    So be it! Now let the Zanu PF maggots and their scavenging Chinese masters strip the carcass bare. long live the bleached bones of Zimbabwe long live

  • Alan Kennedy - 2013-08-02 12:04

    Ooh, Felatio Obasanjo

  • Abongile S. Ngozi - 2013-08-02 12:06

    The AU has spoken. Morgan, Bennett & their handlers must shut the hell up

  • Pierre du Preez - 2013-08-02 12:06

    Sure it's got to be so, they were told by BOB that its so!

  • Rudzani Sadiki - 2013-08-02 12:07

    Nonsense in its worst kind. If the Zimbabwean suffer, they will be tasting their own medicine

  • Patricia Burness - 2013-08-02 12:07

    The people have spoken, they want Mugabe,so get on with it.

      Mark Oosthuizen - 2013-08-02 12:31

      Did they now? Are you sure? Most of the Zimbabwean population have been silenced by laws and threats of arrest. The rest, those who sacrificed all to vote for change, were up against someone who will stop at nothing to lie, cheat, kill and steal his way to the top. So tell me - have the people really spoken? Do you think the people CHOSE poverty, starvation, intimidation and dictatorship? I find that hard to believe, even by Mugabe's stretch of the imagination.

  • France Modise - 2013-08-02 12:13

    The UN observer mission have sent some indications that the elections in Zimbabwe were credible and that is what matters .It is not about what other countries think should have happened but what the Zimbabwens want to see happen.Zimbabwe will now have to partner with right minded nations to prosper.Our world is now becoming multi polar and that is very good.If the US and its lapdogs does not accept the Zimbabwe people's choice then go to China and other respectable nations. (

      Naas Du Plessis - 2013-08-02 12:52

      China already owns zim

  • Richard Scully - 2013-08-02 12:14

    They wanted Bob 30 years ago, just like South Africa wants the ANC now. Africa cannot see further forward than its nose. I have no sympathy for Zimbabwe or South Africa. They get exactly what they want and voted for. They wanted Bob, they got him...for good

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-08-02 12:19

      the zimbabweans chose their president and that has nothing to do with you

      Kelvin De Beer - 2013-08-02 19:03

      Anc n Zanu are two dffrent things Mugabe has a vision for a new Zim watch n learn.once again congra pres Robert.

  • Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-08-02 12:24

    the people of zimbabwe have spoken and white s.a must shut up they know nothing about democracy

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-08-02 12:44

      you should get used to the idea that whites will never again rule in africa and their puppets too

      Naas Du Plessis - 2013-08-02 12:53

      You are one angry racist. Sa doesn't need people like you.

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-08-02 13:03

      im not angry im happy infact im celebrating that a puppet and its masters have been defeated

      Nathalie Clevenot Sinovich - 2013-08-02 17:52

      Ian Smith said democracy does not work in Africa. It sure is working for Mugabe.

  • Nick Collis - 2013-08-02 12:28

    Even by African standards how can the election be sanctioned when the voters role is not made available for pre election checking? It is the only way of ensuring credibility and the electoral commission didnt make the role available until the day before the ballot and then only in a non checkable hard copy form......Scandalous!

  • Melvin Palmer - 2013-08-02 12:33

    Yeah right!

  • Pardon Hove - 2013-08-02 12:39

    In Zimbabwe, when people go to vote, they express their will & not Western or not white people's will. They express their will but surprisingly most people are complaining about the election of Sir Robert Mugabe. Let him rule bcause the voice of Zimbabweans has spoken.

      Mark Oosthuizen - 2013-08-02 12:42

      I'm sure the Nazis said the same about Hitler. Will it also take a Russian winter to end this madman's rule and atomic bombs to end the nonsense in Africa?

      Jason van Heerden - 2013-08-02 12:44

      Pardon I also believe Chinas puppet Mugabe should rule as the Chinese don't get involved in useless politics.

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-08-02 12:56

      why is it mostly whites who are against these results?

      Mark Oosthuizen - 2013-08-02 13:04

      Papapipo Mzapi most of Zimbabwe is against the result. Stop being a racist troll.

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-08-02 13:27

      mark which zimbabweans are you talking about because from what i know about 75 percent have given him a thumbs up

  • Hlomani Job Mbava Chauke - 2013-08-02 12:42

    "These elections is a shame" said MDC leader, then what are you gonna do? If i were Tsvangirai i would declare war.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-08-02 12:45

    I din't expect anything else. All the corpses gone back to their coffins then?.

      Mark Oosthuizen - 2013-08-02 13:01

      Africa is ruled by a brotherhood of corrupt, evil dictators who scratch each other's back - supported by the poor and suffering who are promised the world, told their ills are because of the colonisers (let's face it, they're easy to blame right?), but are given nothing for their support. They stay in power, kept there by votes from the dead and buried and those few chosen ones who they feed with a silver spoon. The living remain threatened, silenced, starving.. and struggling to hold onto hope. Africa is being raped by the same people claiming to be protecting it from the 'evil West'. They murder their brothers, and anyone who speaks out is silenced. The great African story. And nowhere will you find a better example of this, than in Zimbabwe. Tell me, are the colonisers starving the people of Zimbabwe? Is it the White people? Most of the whites who have left Zimbabwe couldn't give a toss about it. But I guess they're easy to blame...aren't they?

  • Lwazi Nyaniso - 2013-08-02 12:54

    Congratulations to the ZanuPF and Robert Mugabe. Next year the ANC will win again in South Africa

      Mark Oosthuizen - 2013-08-02 13:06

      To what end? Zuma promised the previous election to curb poverty and unemployment. Unemployment has risen, and poverty is widespread. So he lied. If you want to support a party that lies to it's people then by all means. But if they can lie about unemployment and poverty, what makes you think they will run a free and fair election?

      Eugene Morison - 2013-08-02 13:45

      Lwazi you communist.its buggers like you that makes a country like zimbobwe like it is today.CAOS and poor.go life in zim please!there's no place in our society for ppl like you.

  • Stak Thawi - 2013-08-02 13:04

    if the elections were fair lets jst accpt and mve 4ward b4 smne gets hurt

  • Johan Grobbelaar - 2013-08-02 13:15

    Enjoy poverty. Just dont expect handouts from the whites. Black ppl must know that whites will nevet again give tgrm financial aid and handouts in africa

  • Raymond Oppert - 2013-08-02 13:29

    This coming from the former president of one of the most corrupt nations on earth. Looks like a general trend

  • Anthony Onwuachumba - 2013-08-02 13:30

    Mugabe should respect his age and his long lasting leadership to step down for zimbabue to enjoy fresh air,meanwhile preventing some people from voting does not mean any free and fair election.

  • Sipho Tshabalala - 2013-08-02 13:38

    Obasanjo look up the word credible in a DICTIONARY plz ull be shocked as to what it means

  • Stanley Tshipuke - 2013-08-02 14:04

    @Mark Oosthuizen you are so blinded by your love for MDC to the extent that you can't even be objective, how did you use ur wisdom to arrive at a conclusion that the elections were rigged? How does the poverty and starvation prove that the results were rigged? Do u have any form of evidence to prove that? I don't think so. My conviction is that the AU is better positioned to assess all complaints brought to its attention and make a conclusion but your analysis is one sided. @ Zumba, rallies attract everyone, people who qualify to vote and those who do not qualify, you may need to re look at it again.

      Mark Oosthuizen - 2013-08-02 14:57

      You mean apart from the video evidence already provided? Any person with half a brain cell can see that the election was not conducted fairly. But then again, I ask for a person like that - and instead I get you. The people of Zimbabwe who were turned away from voting stations, are you arguing with them? Are you arguing with the dead voters that voted for Mugabe? I don't love the MDC, I don't even support them. I support the poor, starving and helpless people of Zimbabwe who have been silenced, arrested, humiliated, their dignity stripped and their human rights urinated on by one Robert Mugabe. If you feel the elections were so free and fair then what you are saying is that the Zimbabwean people have by will voted for poverty and starvation? Are you really that naive? Or.. are you one of the few that benefits from Mugabe being in power while he rapes the country of resources, leaving his people to die from poverty and starvation.