Mugabe spies feeding me: Tsvangirai

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says President Robert Mugabe’s rigging machinations have been revealed to him by members of the State security apparatus including secret service agents.

He told party supporters in Mhondoro-Ngezi yesterday that senior police officers, soldiers and members of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) have told him several dark secrets about how Mugabe’s Zanu PF plans to smartly rig the forthcoming elections.

Two weeks ago, Tsvangirai made sensational allegations that the office of the Registrar General (RG) was clandestinely working with Israeli company, Nikuv International to tamper with the voters’ roll in order to give the ex-majority party an edge in the make-or-break polls due on July 31.

Even though the RG’s office has denied the allegations, senior MDC officials maintain that Nikuv International, was working with five different voters’ rolls.

Tsvangirai told hundreds that while Zanu PF relied on violence in the 2008 elections, “this time they are trying to be smart.”

“Zanu PF is saying let’s have peaceful but rigged elections...but I don’t see people voting for them, what may happen is Zanu PF will try to vote on behalf of the people. But this time takavamaka sebhora (we are closely watching them) they will not succeed.

“Everyone needs change, people who are being asked to do this or that are coming with information telling me what Zanu PF is planning to do, (these) include CIOs, police officers and soldiers. I can even tell what Mugabe eats,” said the MDC leader.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister’s office — which is contesting the 69 000 figure of police officers who have applied for special voting on Sunday and Monday — alleged that deputy police commissioner general Godwin Matanga had instructed police officers to vote for Zanu PF.

“The gates (at Morris Depot) were all closed and nobody was allowed to leave the area. All police and civilians employed at Morris Depot had to attend.  Deputy commissioner Matanga told everyone present that they had to vote for Zanu PF in the elections,” said Jameson Timba, minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office.

“This follows on from the Zanu PF rally held at Morris Depot yesterday where police and civilian employees were addressed by aspiring Zanu PF candidates.”

Charity Charamba, the police spokesperson, has said the police numbers have been boosted by the Police Constabulary Unit, which she said was empowered under the Police Act to perform any duties carried out by regular members of the force.

“What people who are querying the special voting numbers forget is that the police will not only be performing election-related duties as the overall security of the nation is the responsibility of the ZRP,” she was quoted in the State-controlled media yesterday.

Tsvangirai, 61, is in a shaky coalition government with his long-time rival Mugabe, a union that was formed at the behest of Sadc in 2008 after inconclusive polls, which were derailed by violence that resulted in loss of life.

“The GNU was created for Mugabe not for Tsvangirai,” the MDC leader said.

“Sadc leaders asked how they could save a senior statesman like Mugabe after losing polls, so they urged us to form a unity government.”

The MDC leader says he was shocked by Mugabe’s open defiance of the 15 nation bloc to implement electoral
reforms saying the grouping of southern African countries was working in the interests of the 89-year-old strongman.

Turning to policies, the former trade unionist said an MDC government would shred indigenisation — Zanu PF’s trump-card going into polls — saying the policy does not cascade to the bottom tiers of the economy.

“We have a plan to govern. We are not just seeking change for power’s sake. We will introduce free primary education and also transform rural areas,” said Tsvangirai.

The former opposition leader said his political opponents; “with 33 years of looting and corruption” have nothing new to offer to voters as he promised to open up Zimbabwe to investment to create jobs for millions who are currently unemployed.

He said an MDC government would among other things transform rural communities by building decent houses and introducing drip irrigation.

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Comments (18)

Pakaitwa violence hee ZanuPF, pakasaitwa violence hee ZanuPF smart, hee security reforms, tomorrow ndirikutaura nema CIO blabla. The truth is this junior Tsvangison is not yet ripe and fit for the game.

ConfusedTsvangison - 12 July 2013

There is nothing new about Zanu, that's their norm they always force people to be voted. Where ever you go, travel … the truth is Zanu is not wanted but to a surprise you will see the figures up to 31 000 in some of Mashonaland polling stations. These people they rig and they are great liars if it was during the old days they were supposed to be all in hell like Samson and his wife who perished thru lies. Mutupo weZanu Kuba nekunyeba. Why are you campaigning about someone physical appearance.

Chembere Mwana - 12 July 2013

Kana Morgan aine that rlationship ino tosvika mu kitchen ma Bob nema soja, saka hapadiwe Security Sector reform apa, akatopinda kare mu State House. saka no more kuchema nezve ma outstanding GPA issues.

Prosper Chinamhora - 12 July 2013

So the soldiers, CIOs and Police have joined Baba Jukwa Vapanduki? Inga zvakaoma kwazvo. Asi Masojja hachapuwa 'beef' and other rations? So it means even soldiers, CIOs, and the police have joined the Baba Jukwa rebels? Are soldiers no longer getting beef rations and other perks?

Gondobwe - 12 July 2013

Ndiani achirikuda Mugabe&zanupf??

Stop-a-Thief - 12 July 2013

Our long struggle is nearing its end Gondobwe, the freedom train is arriving. Vanhu Havachada zanupf!!

Stop-a-Thief - 12 July 2013

If Mugabe spies are giving Mr TSVANGIRAI all the information he wants including what President Mugabe will have eaten on a particular day, then the Security Sector is already reformed. Particularly because he says even some army officials do report to him on a day to day basis. What reforms does he want now if both ZANU PF and the Opposition are assured from the same security apparatus?

Goon Wekwagutu - 13 July 2013

The 70000 police voting is just a joke. There are only 9000 polling stations each manned with about policeman. this gives us a total of 18000policeman. Where the hell did the 70000come from

Prudence - 13 July 2013

Tsvangirai fails to articulate what his Gvt will do to the people of Zimbabwe.Telling people that h knows what Mugabe eats is just utter rubbish .We need strong,sound policies not this man.He taking himself for granted that he is gonna be a president,failing to realise that this election is a three man race.

LewIs - 13 July 2013

Lewis do not forget the main goal is to remove robert and we know that with mdc in we know that we can change a lot of stuff and not repeat the mistakes made with zpf i.e. tsvangi should lead for a maximum of two terms osiira vamwe. We know what mdc is capable of and that needs no articulation.

trayvon martin - 14 July 2013

Handei tinovhota musi wa 31 July 2013

Glads - 17 July 2013

Bhobho hapana munhu achakuda ,including Grace ,vachembera,vapera basa,hauchabatsitsiri.What can you offer zvavakatadza pa33 yrs.Grace ndiye ari kutaurira Tsvangirai masecreats.Kana uinenharo tarisa outgoing call register raGrace uone number yaTsvangison.Vote Chinja come 31 July

MUBOBOBO - 17 July 2013

asijiki

tom - 17 July 2013

mhameno hameno

mbwende - 18 July 2013

Yes its true, so why crying for Security Reforms when the PM can easily get information about what His Excellency is eating for breakfast, supper e.t.c. simply meaning that the PM has the right to the security forces

Clemence Tashaya - 18 July 2013

Morgiza anozodhuva kuvhara muromo achivhura zip. Why is he crying for security reforms when in actual fact, he is accessing some information from the State House. Meaning he has his own force within the force..so why reforms in the security force when already you can easily access them.....Asi chii....its only that he wants certain individuals in the security sector to be removed.....in which some of us know who they are. So hapana zve reform apa

Clemence Tashaya - 18 July 2013

Kungava kupenga kwakadini kuvhotera ZanuPF whose record is plain to see? At the very least, a change in government will be a breath of fresh air over the business as usual of ZanuPF. ZanuPF should be able to stand up and say: honai zvetakakuitirayi izvi in the past 33 years: migwagwa, zvikoro, mahosipitari, ma new jobs, chikafu hobho, etc.... tivhotereyi, and we will continue delivering to you these amenities. Unfortunately, their record is an implicit election manifesto for MDC; lol!

R. T. Murehwa - 18 July 2013

if this is the situation so this security reform what is it for bvuma kukundwa hama yangu

petros zhangazha - 19 July 2013

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