Zim election a sham - Tsvangirai

2013-08-01 18:25

Harare - President Robert Mugabe's rivals rubbished his claim to election victory on Thursday, branding the vote a "sham" and calling for a campaign of resistance to bring Zimbabwe to a standstill.

A top member of Mugabe's Zanu-PF party claimed Mugabe had trounced Morgan Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Wednesday's presidential and parliamentary elections.

"We have romped [to victory] in a very emphatic manner," said the party member who asked not to be named.

"We have won all of them, including the presidential and parliamentary."

But the claim was swiftly slapped down by Tsvangirai, bidding for a third time to end 89-year-old Mugabe's 33-year rule of the troubled southern African country.

"It's a sham election that does not reflect the will of the people," he said, pointing to a litany of alleged irregularities.

"In our view this election is null and void," he added. "This election has been a huge farce."

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said the count has been completed and results are now being collated from the first vote since bloody polls in 2008, led to an uneasy power-sharing deal between Tsvangirai and Mugabe.

Tsvangirai stopped short of claiming victory himself, a move that could have enflamed tensions in a country where political violence is common.

‘Passive resistance’

Top MDC official Roy Bennett called for a campaign of "passive resistance”.

"I'm talking about people completely shutting the country down - don't pay any bills, don't attend work, just bring the country to a standstill."

"There needs to be resistance against this theft and the people of Zimbabwe need to speak out strongly."

Foreign diplomats and independent Zimbabwean election observers also expressed grave misgivings about the conduct of the poll.

"Up to a million voters were disenfranchised," said Solomon Zwana the chairperson of Zimbabwe Election Support Network, which has 7 000 observers.

"The election is seriously compromised."

The Catholic Church - which has 3 000 people on the ground - said it was premature to call a winner, but there was a "strong feeling" across the country that Mugabe would lose.

"If certain people feel their choice was not accepted they may resort to violence. That potential is still there," a church spokesperson said.

Since no Western groups were allowed to monitor the polls, the view of observers from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) may now be pivotal in deciding how the international community reacts.

The SADC said it will deliver its verdict on Friday.

‘Free and fair’

Meanwhile, the AU, which has been accused of whitewashing problems in the run-up to the vote, said initial reports indicated it was "peaceful, orderly, free and fair".

"Yes, there were incidences, little incidences here and there but they were not incidences that would flaw the election to the point of not reflecting the will of the people," said former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who led the AU mission.

After years of international sanctions there had been hopes that a free election would allow Zimbabwe to reset relations with the West.

Turnout was reported to be high, with many of the 6.4 million eligible voters queuing before sunrise in the winter cold, hours before polls opened.

The lines continued well into the evening, with many marking their ballots by candle light.

Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader, is seeking a seventh term but Tsvangirai has voiced hope the election will usher in a new era.

Final results are expected within five days of the election and police had warned that anyone trying to release unofficial figures ahead of time risked being arrested.

Mugabe himself had even threatened to arrest Tsvangirai if he tried to declare an early victory.

On Tuesday the firebrand had vowed to step down if Tsvangirai was the victor, saying: "If you lose you must surrender."

Mugabe’s rule

Mugabe came to prominence as a hero of Africa's liberation movement, guiding Zimbabwe to independence in 1980 from Britain and white minority rule.

But his military-backed rule has been marked by controversial land reforms, a series of violent crackdowns, economic crises and suspect elections that have brought international sanctions and made him a pariah in the West.

As the economy recovers from a crisis that saw mass unemployment and galloping inflation, Mugabe loyalists insist their hero is "tried and tested" and dismiss concerns about his age.

Mugabe had focused his campaign on attacking homosexuals and on promises to widen the redistribution of wealth to poor black Zimbabweans.

Tsvangirai himself had predicted the MDC would win "quite resoundingly".

The 61-year-old former union boss won the first round of voting in 2008, but was forced out of the race after 200 of his supporters were killed and thousands more injured in suspected state-backed attacks.

Tsvangirai hoped his plans to lure back foreign investors, create a million jobs in five years and improve public services would deliver a long-awaited victory.

  • Solly Nobel - 2013-08-01 18:34

    mugabe won finish n klaar, no more power sharing tsvangirai.

      JackRussel - 2013-08-01 18:48

      you have to have a sense of humour to live in Africa, the place is a joke. Mugabe fair elections, ROFLMAO

      Wane Thek - 2013-08-01 19:12


      Squeegee Pilot - 2013-08-01 19:14

      Its a sham, sham(e), sham(bles)and sham(bolic)...

      Barker Bugliston - 2013-08-01 19:23

      Supporting a regime that starves it's people is something to be really proud of Solly. Well done & when you remove your head from your rear & stop being a racist (Impossible !), you might just progress in life.

      Midnite Man - 2013-08-01 20:18

      ....this is great news for all my EURO's.....the RAND gets knocked in A BIG, BIG WAY.....1 RAND = Euro 13 plus.... LOVE IT !!

  • Bob Small - 2013-08-01 18:35

    Take it to the streets and use strong sustained civil disobedience! Zimbabwe cannot afford to let this mongrel continue stealing elections like this...he is a thug!

      Thandi Cele - 2013-08-02 08:18

      Come 2014, showerhead is going to be doing exactly the same - stealing an election along with anything else he can can get his grubby little paws on.

  • Donald Ronald - 2013-08-01 18:37


  • Polimo Gushungo - 2013-08-01 18:46

    Time for an uprising. How can people accept such provocation from the callous dictator? It`s time to take up arms and topple this mongrel!

      Kaseke Kuda - 2013-08-02 00:22

      u js a full y sld wi die 4 that he sld impregnant more women

      Kaseke Kuda - 2013-08-02 00:23

      u js a full y sld wi die 4 that he sld impregnant more women

      Kaseke Kuda - 2013-08-02 00:23

      u js a full y sld wi die 4 that he impregnant more women

  • Jan Hendrik Nel Swanepoel - 2013-08-01 18:47

    The Chief of Police has said that they will count the votes to make sure Robert Mu-apie has won the election. If he did not win, he said, we will count again until he wins. Haai Whenna!

  • Vimbai Makaza - 2013-08-01 18:50

    Bhora mughedhi

  • proudlysa - 2013-08-01 18:50

    Ask the ANC government to release the report on the 2008 elections...proof that it as stolen by Mugabe. Now Zuma is as much of a wimp. Tell Sisulu to shut up if she points out irregularities. What is happening to us????

  • Pablo Mudau - 2013-08-01 18:52

    Tsvangirai is the worst bafoon in politics..his claim will onl make things worse and people wil suffer not him. He doesnt care about people he is selfirh, mugabe was right he is stupid.

      Douglas Hollis - 2013-08-01 21:33

      Yeah right, huh. Mugabe is such a freakin saint! He's not a power-hungry dictatorial megalomaniac at all!

  • Nhlanhla Kuimba - 2013-08-01 18:54

    Oops another futile attempht!

  • Patrick Hayes - 2013-08-01 18:56

    These losers are now spewing verbal diarrhoea non stop!! Tsvangirai dug his own political grave with his stupidity and he's right in there.These morons think elections are only free and fair if they win.What a bunch of losers. Zanu has defeated you cleanly, fullstop!

      Barker Bugliston - 2013-08-01 19:06

      Viva Robert Mugabe, Viva !!, now you can increase your "one of the unofficial richest men in the world" status even more, VIVA !!!!

      Douglas Hollis - 2013-08-01 21:37

      No, they're only free and fair if voters are allowed to cast their votes without coercion or intimidation. Furthermore, it's only free and fair if all eligible voters are actually allowed to cast their vote, and not turned away in their droves for no good reason. Finally, it's only free and fair if the voter's roll is an accurate reflection of those who are eligible to vote, and does not, for instance, contain about a million dead people who all, mysteriously, seem to vote for the ruling party, without exception. Is there anything I missed? I wish the word 'idiot' could even begin to sum you up.

      Blackmind Africanist - 2013-08-04 08:08

      Barker how many illegal farms of yours did we give back to the rightful owners? Dream on whity! Dream on boy!

  • lacrimosewolf - 2013-08-01 19:01

    Well it was a foregone and utterly predictable outcome. I don't know what's more outrageous - the fact that money had to be begged, borrowed and (mostly) stolen to hold this sham of an election or the fact that SADEC and the AU will yet again rubber stamp the outcome.

  • Ioannis Condogiannis - 2013-08-01 19:01

    Time for action. If this tyrant is not removed now, take action. Or else you can no longer expect sympathy from the world. The whole arab world has arisen up. Why not Zimbabwe?

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-08-01 19:02

    My thoughts exactly, that old fart Bob is just testing how the public will react if he announce his rigging results. Zanu Pf will never pull this one off. Viva MDC.

  • Patrick Hayes - 2013-08-01 19:05

    Tsvangirai,you're now making a fool of yourself in Africa. Please,learn from Odinga,a western puppet just like you who accepted defeat and bowed out with dignity.Tsvangirai,you're the worst thing to ever happen to Zimbabwe.Anyway guys, remember TB Joshua told Tsvangirai that he will never rule Zimbabwe,LoL.

      Douglas Hollis - 2013-08-01 21:40

      Patrick Hayes, your support for a proven megalomaniac speaks volumes.

  • Mzi Ngubane - 2013-08-01 19:07

    Mnxm...this idiot... why did you participate in that election in a first place if you were gonna whine...surely you should have known by now that Bob was gonna rig the election in his fact King Dalindyebo will quit dagga the day Zim elections considered free and fair.

  • Lucia Lil'chicks Cooper - 2013-08-01 19:08

    Dey wl nvr b free n fair elections in zimbambwe even if zanu pf didnt win dey wl recount until zanu pf win kwaaa hai wats de point of voting coz always is 1 person dat win

  • Dennis Learad - 2013-08-01 19:13

    PART 2 And when there was a rumbling of discontent, It was always the army that in he sent, He silenced the people who didn't agree, That he'd done a good job since Zimbabwe was free. He had to find someone else to blame, So he started his land seizure game, So he's kicked the white farmers off the land, So many farms now idle they stand. Farm workers jobs have all gone now, And they wonder how they'll make a living somehow. And now as children starve and die, The people of Zimbabwe hang their heads and cry. Elections were held but what a farce, The results were in before the first vote was cast. And as food aid continues to pour in, Mugabe commits the ultimate sin. For as people get to the front of the queue, They have to prove that to Mugabe they're true. For if they don't have a ZANU PF card. Then its empty handed that they leave the yard. And the leaders of the world stand by and sigh, As they see the people of Zimbabwe die. Why can't they admit that they made a mistake, Why can't they do something for Zimbabwe 's sake. And I wonder what stories the old people tell, Of the time before they were living in hell. Of a time when work was plentiful, And the children were happy and their bellies were full. Of days before they lived under a dictator so cruel, In the days before they fought for Majority Rule...

  • Wane Thek - 2013-08-01 19:15

    Anyone who thought that this was going to free and fair obviously does not know Zimbabwe. Voting is just a waste of paper and money, no one will accept the victor. RSA must now prepare for mass immigration.

  • Paul John - 2013-08-01 19:19

    Tsvangirai's mistake was and is that to ordinary Zimbabweans he is seen as the puppet of the west. He is support by the very people that Zimbabweans had to fight to gain independence. He should have resigned and put let a fresh face lead his party that would not have this handicap.

      Andrew Newman - 2013-08-02 00:26

      What difference would that make. Anyone in opposition to Mugabe will be made a western puppet in Zimbabwe's media

  • Kim Attree - 2013-08-01 19:21

    will SADC sit back and do nothing ? Third election in a row ? Its not about right or truth it seems.

  • Matthys Swart - 2013-08-01 19:23

    How many people will die of hunger, how much money will be out of Zim into Mugabe's overseas bank accounts, how much longer will the people be able to see him standing on podiums and be satisfied with what he is doing. And this is what the world must know "NO STATE, NO AMERICA, NO BRITISH RULE, NO FRANCE GERMANY.ITALY, NO ONE IN THE WORLD WILL STOP MUGABE, BECAUSE , ALL OF THEM FEAR MUGABE. Firstly thousands of people must die, and then if it is too late the world will start to talk....not do.....

      Nerve Bender - 2013-08-01 20:42

      Willard. So what are you going to do with that land???? Its not the land what makes your rich but its what you make of the land and what you can produce out of it!!! look at your God given Land, its mostly covered with blood!(FIGURATIVE)if you know what that means. You are a flippen idiot with what you are saying!

      Widzo Mateere Moyo - 2013-08-01 22:05

      @ Nerve check the tobacco stats and see how well we are using the land.Your anger stems from the fact that it ain't your kith benefiting anymore.

  • maraisl - 2013-08-01 19:24

    Lol so after mugabe warned Morgan that he will be jailed if he claims victory before the final counts are in mugabe's clowns makes the statement without any action been taken. That's african law 101 for you.

  • Mavukuvuku Nzima - 2013-08-01 19:27

    Tsvangirai must just stop being a cry baby and accept defeat all we always from his is whining all the way this should be a wake up call to him that next time he must start campaigning early and stop focusing on the opposition.

  • SirTerry Thrillz Muyambo - 2013-08-01 19:29

    Not at all surprised with Tsvangirai's reaction. His election slogan was "bhora musango" (meaning to kick the ball off the pitch into the bushes). Even in soccer, that's a coward tactic. The question now stands on whether the West will accept the result. Because they invested so much in tarnishing Mugabe's image in favour of a Tsvangirai vote. I forsee more sanctions coming

  • HermanK - 2013-08-01 19:33

    as if it is a surprise....

  • Chris Mpundu - 2013-08-01 19:36

    zimbabwens are fools how do you let one man rule you till death its not mugabe to blame but your docility learn from the arab world

  • Nyameko Icebrk Mateke - 2013-08-01 19:44

    People of Zimbabwe have spoken!!!! finish and klaar, if Tsvagarai want to take Mugabe’s route too, that will prove that he was never a solution to Zimbabwe's problems from the first place.

  • Rebecca Mabusela - 2013-08-01 19:46

    i feel sad for Zimbabweans,

  • John Henry Mc Duling - 2013-08-01 19:53

    Its so sad that there is still dictators in this world that can get away with it!!! There will never be freedom and peace in Zim as long as the old fosile stays in power.

  • Xolile Ngcengce - 2013-08-01 20:11

    attention plz:all those staying here in SA voting 4 that detector Mugabe must go back to Zimbabwe nd feel that non stop hunger.

      Jelous Willam - 2013-08-01 20:30

      U dnt a heart,Sa iz in Africa and as Africana we're going to stay hear this iz our land,pride,may e almight bless ur wordz

      Kaseke Kuda - 2013-08-02 00:12

      hunger u wil b shockd

  • Bob Trekfan - 2013-08-01 20:14

    I rate they start an African Spring

  • Charlton Ngwenya - 2013-08-01 20:29

    HAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Tsvangirai is such a fool..!!(iyohh)

  • Wekunetsa Münétsié - 2013-08-01 20:31

    Check check reality it's not yet official wait till Monday for now pliz relax and wait for ZEC

      JEDEGWA - 2013-08-01 23:46

      If Morgan wins it's a free and fair elections. When he lose elections lacked credibility. That's the problem of favouritism. Morgan needs the Zimbabwean Africa thinking. He is a political crying baby puppet. The American EU strings are too long to be effective to a pseudo thinker

  • Moreblessings Chibagidi - 2013-08-01 21:04

    HERE ARE THE RESULTS PER PROVINCE: 1. Masvingo - out of 26 seats - ZANU - 26 2.Manicaland - out of 26 seats - ZANU - 22 3. Bulawayo - out of 12 seats - ZANU - 0 4. Mat North - out of 12 seats - ZANU 09 5. Mat South - out of 12 seats - ZANU 11 6. Mashonaland West - out of 18 seats - ZANU 17 (Chiyangwa was beaten here) 7. Mashonaland Central - out of 22 seats - ZANU PF - 22 8. Harare - out of 29 seats - ZANU -08 9. Mashonaland East - NOT YET OUT! 10. Midlands - out of 28 seats - ZANU - 25

  • Truth.speak - 2013-08-01 21:09

    Apparently the ANC sent observers to Zim to study and understand how to steal an election, they feel this knowledge will come in useful very soon.

  • Andrea Thompson - 2013-08-01 21:15

    The AU must be on some type of drugs.

  • Phathutshedzo Bincho Mukwevho - 2013-08-01 21:31

    Lol. Free and fair elections the African way.

      Kaseke Kuda - 2013-08-02 00:09

      its é the other way round Mr Tsvangirai shame on u. you impose suntions on us to suffer so u got to b on top.Wat goes around cumz back arnd pple hv spkn

  • Michelle Evans - 2013-08-01 23:19

    Strange how easy people thinks MDC are saints, for all we know they stage falsehood to get sympathy from willing and keen admirers, they prophets of DOOM and promote hostility towards people who do not support them.

      Andrew Newman - 2013-08-02 00:31

      and ZanuPF don't

  • Slice Cucu - 2013-08-02 05:25

    It took mdc 4 years in the gnu n the did participate in appointin pple in zec. They agreed votes to be counted @ each pollin station n the result announced there. Znt dat fair. This million number of pple being turned away where do it come frm, zanu pf has challenged the mdc 4 proof of rigging all they say we was robbed. Do an audit of mdc card carrying members in zim there n c hw much support u have ther b4 giving conclusions

  • Eugene Brink - 2013-08-02 09:01

    This is political naïveté at its worst. Why complain now after the voting already took place? He had complaints about irregularities before the elections were held, why didn't he simply withdraw then? To carp now is like the uninsured wanting insurance after they've wrecked their cars. Epic fail by someone who should have known better.

  • Sharron Forsyth - 2013-08-02 09:02

    Mugabe said he would have anyone claiming early victory arrested, I guess he can't arrest himself then! Mad Bob is delusional!

  • Sandy Kroukamp - 2013-08-02 11:23

    If this election was done fair goatface moron wouldnt have stood a chance, he does this with every election

  • Cavy Mfote - 2013-08-02 13:23

    The former Prime Minister mistakes his will and the will of Zimbabweans a large. Land is an asset, people need it. Its true that 2008 election people were in drought, with hyperinflation then people conider their stomarch without considering the consequences. They split. Considering their blunders as a party people abandon the MDC. I think this movement need to clean the dirty in its ranks to be considered again. If you the news24 want to hear our will come to us other than going to someone who is worried as to next move he can undertake to be fitted in the administration for his benefit. They were free and fair yo re

  • Cavy Mfote - 2013-08-02 13:24

    The former Prime Minister mistakes his will and the will of Zimbabweans a large. Land is an asset, people need it. Its true that 2008 election people were in drought, with hyperinflation then people conider their stomarch without considering the consequences. They split. Considering their blunders as a party people abandon the MDC. I think this movement need to clean the dirty in its ranks to be considered again. If you the news24 want to hear our will come to us other than going to someone who is worried as to next move he can undertake to be fitted in the administration for his benefit. They were free and fair yo re

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