'Tsvangirai must concede defeat'

HARARE - National Constitutional Assembly chairperson Lovemore Madhuku yesterday commended the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) for a job well done amid mounting allegations of vote-rigging and urged MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai to concede defeat.

Madhuku yesterday told a news conference that Tsvangirai, who lost the polls to incumbent President Robert Mugabe, must accept the result in order to move the nation forward.

“The interests of this country require that we all move forward focusing on building the economy of this country, deepening its democratic systems, promoting peace and unity and encouraging all of us to participate in the public affairs of our country,” Madhuku told reporters at the NCA’s Bumbiro House in Harare.

“We should put the election behind us and take lessons for the future. The NCA wishes to commend Zec for discharging its responsibilities diligently despite the severe constraints it faced,” said Madhuku.

However, the unavailability of the voters’ roll and the failure by nearly a million people to vote in the just-ended polls has left civic organisations questioning the credibility of the polls.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Support Network (Zesn), to which the NCA is a member, has already declared that the polls were neither free nor fair.

In a clear indication of the widening chasm between former allies the NCA and the MDC, Madhuku, who took over the reins at the constitution reform pressure group from Tsvangirai, said: “The election results have been announced. There are winners and losers. Every election has its winners and losers. Given the peaceful nature of these elections and the compelling need to move our country forward, the NCA urges the losers to concede defeat and take the country out of the ‘permanent election mode’ it has been for several years now.”

The MDC is launching a court challenge to the outcome that saw Mugabe rake in 61 percent of the votes and his Zanu PF clinching a two-thirds majority in Parliament.

Among the issues that the MDC is citing is the absence of security sector and media reforms before polls, the shambolic state of the voters’ roll and the high incidence of people who were assisted to vote during the decisive polls.

Another thorny issue that is now dominating public discussions is the overprinting of ballot papers and also the involvement of Nikuv Private Investment (NIP), an Israeli company, in the polls.

But Madhuku said the complaints raised by the MDC were inconsequential.

“It is the NCA’s firm view that the complaints raised against the 31 July, 2013 poll by the losers do not raise anything new and cannot be used as a basis for rejecting the results of an election in which they participated voluntarily. It is not desirable to encourage a state of affairs in our country where political parties participate in an election with only two scenarios: either they win or they dispute the result,” said Madhuku.

The NCA boss said he was convinced that the votes cast on July 31 were the votes counted and announced.

“The NCA does not know the reasons for that pattern of voting,” Madhuku said.

“The essence of an electoral system based on a secret, one-person-one-vote is that each of the voters can only be sure about the vote he or she has cast. Provided that the votes have been cast freely, the result is binding. The way forward is to focus on moving the country forward while preparing for the next elections.

“We should put the election behind us and take lessons for the future.”

Madhuku said his NCA was satisfied with the peaceful atmosphere that characterised the period before, during and after the elections.

“All Zimbabweans have a responsibility to nurture this peaceful environment and desist from any actions which may directly or indirectly interfere with the peace prevailing in the country,” Madhuku said.

 

Comments (10)

Madhuku, Madhuku,Madhuku. No more bread from NCA. You want bread from a party. Has Mugabe said come for bread Madhuku? I doubt if you will ever have a following except from your relatives.

Mavara Azarevhu - 6 August 2013

Madhuku is rigth. Adyiwa adyiwa mhani musatinyangadza. Tine nhamo dzedu isu. So elections are only free and fair if MDC wins. Rubish. Tisiyei takadaro isu. Do not talk anything more about elections, we are sick and tired of it we need to rest. Didn`t Madhuku and Majongwe tell you that Tsvangirai is loosing imi mukati apiwa mari neZANU. Madhuku is well educated and has a vision.

juwachuwa - 6 August 2013

Madhuku, Madhuku, Lovemore, haiwawo. Let those ho have won run the country and make it succeed. Why do you want to force Tsvangirai to accept the results that were marred with unfairness. The only time Tsvangirai was shown on ZBC was when he was being smeered with hate campaigns. He does not agree with the fairness and we agree with him. Zanu has said they can do it (fix the economy) alone, saka NGAVATONGE TIONE.

Bambo - 6 August 2013

Madhuku yu are not the people of Zimbabwe please speak on behalf of your NCA and leave the Zimbabweans alone to solve their grievances. You are now fighting against the very same people who support you only to please the oppressor of the people. remember time will come when God is going to take out his people from Egypt and no man will stop that from happening

Tino Munjanga - 6 August 2013

Madhuku now seeking relevance in the political arena.Pretty soon NCA will have donors lining up for donation to further constitutional issues.......hmmmmmmm

Jeremiah - 6 August 2013

MDCT and its supporters had become too arrogant and openly tribalistic, especially against Ncube, even far more tribalistic than ZANU PF, hence their fall. I guess you deserve it.

Phunyukabemphethe - 6 August 2013

MADUKU is a sellout he preaches about the constitution but agrees with what is unconstitutional .This guy is a CIO what he says is music to ZANU 'S eyes why is he forcing MDC to accept this robbery or by the way he had tea with MUGABE & was promised a post in the government .The NCA has no leadership if this BABOON is making such senseless comments about these stolen elections from ZIMBABWEANS

CASHTALK - 6 August 2013

madhuku imbwa ye munhu chaiyo. ngaachi piwa post ka namugabe tione. case of sour grapes. let tsvangirai and zimbabweans fight this injustice and vote rigging. ziva zve vakadzi vako kumusha uko usiyane nesu.

trevor - 6 August 2013

Some people's comments are misplaced.If Tsvangi had won they will be singing a different tune.They vacillate like a swing.

Tongayi - 7 August 2013

THE TRUTH IS MUGABE WILL NEVER WIN AN ELECTION. SO YOU MUST KNOW THIS NO ONE VOTED FOR HIM. HE STOLE THE ELECTION. PERIOD. MADHUKU DID YOU VOTE MUGABE? IF THATS SO WE KNOW YOUR BRAIN IS FUCKED UP. YOU QUICKLY FORGET DEAR. WAKANGANWA KUTYORWA MAWOKO NEKUTSEMURWA MUSORO NE SHAMHU. USAFARIRE MUROYI NEKUTI UNOMUTYA. MUGABE STOLE OUR FREEDOM AND WE WILL RECLAIM IT AT WHAT EVER COST. IT'S TRUE HE RIGGED THE ELECTION. EVIDENCE IRIPO YAKAZARA.

Danga Remombe - 7 August 2013

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