Mugabe resists MDC push for poll postponement

MARONDERA – President  Robert Mugabe has vowed to shoot down an appeal by MDC parties to the African Union (AU) for the postponement of elections from July 31.

Addressing thousands of Zanu PF supporters in Marondera in Mashonaland East, Mugabe said he will not entertain a push for a postponement of the month-end polls to allow for more reforms to take place.

He vowed that he will strongly oppose the appeal and deal with those who will support it from outside the country.

“Zvayakatadzwa kuSadc yakunzi yakuenda kuAU yainzi OAU kuti vopostponer maelection,” Mugabe said adding that “Saka takati vaChinamasa vagadzire mhinduro kuti musi wa19 tovapa.

“Hazvife zvakazoitika kuti tipostpone maelection patiri ipo pano ndipo pavachationera zvatiri. Nevarungu nemaBritish, the dishonest and deceptive British are supporting that. This is not the democracy that they want.

“Elections will be held on 31 (July) without fail.”

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Welshman Ncube of the smaller MDC formation last month floored Mugabe at an extraordinary Sadc summit in Maputo forcing the regional body to recommend a 14 day-extension from the proclaimed date.

However, appeals submitted by the parties were dismissed by the Constitutional Court which upheld a July 31 poll.

According to Mugabe, the court’s decision did not go down well with the two MDC formations who wanted more time to create a level playing field through reforms on media and the security sector for a credible election.

Comments (13)

No proper Voter registration no election. Manga majaira sekuru. Why excluding 2 million youth and aliens at such an important exercise?

Kenny - 16 July 2013

Saka nhai Mugabe Munotoriti election iro bvopvo ratakaona paSpecial Vote?

Kango - 16 July 2013

Definitely Sadc has the last laugh if at all they were to watch the Special Vote in progress. It was a real disaster. Zec was not even prepared and they ended up disenfranchising thousands of policemen. Sometimes it pay to listen to advice oldman. The very people whose advice you are refusing are the very people whom you shall seek credibility.

Antonetta - 16 July 2013

This election is the worst election of all time. The urgency of an advanced cancer patient are now compromising the future of the nation. Please tell me this is a mock election and we shall have another election soon

Sixpence - 16 July 2013

Dont be short minded dear Robert. In 1979 Rhodesia proceeded with a General and vey fair election that was won by Abel Muzorewa but unfortunately was recognised by nobody because the Patriotic Front was technically excluded. Dont rush to elections for the sake of it. You wont like the consequences

History Revisited - 16 July 2013

A chaotic election favours ZANU PF. They are playing the sovereignty card to prevent SADC and AU from scrutinising the process.Thet must be warned that a sham election this time around will plunge the country into turmoil. A civil war can easily break out. People are fed up. We were abused in 2008 and forced to vote people we did not want.Do not short change this time.SADC and AU must act now because very soon they will be sending peace keepers here,

jaku - 16 July 2013

Regedzai baba Chatunga vaite fast-track maelection,ndiko kuti ivo ne Zanu-PF vakurumidze kubuda basa.Ndiro rinonzi bhora musango chairo

Fox - 16 July 2013

Old geezer geriatric haa mwari ngaachipindira apa. Rhobhati is over estimating his importance in the region, you think President Zuma will take all that insult and disrespect lying down?! Rhobhati is in for a shocker. AU, SADC need to keep this dog in check asap otherwise africa will be the laughing stock of the world. I have noticed that african countries assist in wars only but dont do much with dictators and undemocratic rulers! Dictorship is the new kind if war in africa.

trayvon martin - 16 July 2013

mr president, what if AU says your party is to blame? will you go against the whole of africa? last time you accused the MDCs of not utilising our african brothers and here they have done it and you say to hell with that. Ah!!!!! Whose children are you going to use in this looming civil war?

Black Crow - 16 July 2013

Tsvangirai and his allies must let this processes come to pass. they have been part of this government which we will rmove with these elections. and besides they failed to solve the outstanding issues since the birth of the inclusive government, so how do they expect these to be solved in one day after parliament has been dissolved? ladies and Gentlemen this election is not designed to remove a ZANU PF Government, but an inclusive Government. its known to everybody that ZUNU PF was removed from power long back by the inclusive one with Tsvangirai as its PrimeMinister, so he must not play the blame game for failures by the inclusive government which he was one of the leaders. the Out going government is not ZANU PF it is the Inclusive government.

metro - 16 July 2013

Tsvangirai and his allies must let this processes come to pass. they have been part of this government which we will rmove with these elections. and besides they failed to solve the outstanding issues since the birth of the inclusive government, so how do they expect these to be solved in one day after parliament has been dissolved? ladies and Gentlemen this election is not designed to remove a ZANU PF Government, but an inclusive Government. its known to everybody that ZUNU PF was removed from power long back by the inclusive one with Tsvangirai as its PrimeMinister, so he must not play the blame game for failures by the inclusive government which he was one of the leaders. the Out going government is not ZANU PF it is the Inclusive government.

metro - 16 July 2013

I Zanu doent want democracy. Lets Declare war on the govt and Zanu becoz they are illegitimate. War, Hondo , Handeyi kuhondo varume. They Opemnly told us Zim yakauya neropa saka its true we cant get it by pencil. Mao Tsetung said Rule by the bullet, HONDO HANDEY VARUME, HATIITEYI ZVOKURWA, IF THEY RIG OR ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE LOST LETS DECLARE WAR ON THE INFIDELS, VAJAIRA. PEOPLE ARE READY. WE HAVE STARTED RECRUITING. YOU WONT KNOW WHERE WHERE ARE BUT WE ARE IN ZIM. YARIRA NGONGO

ntetemeza - 16 July 2013

Metro, hapana zvawambotaura.We all know who caused disfunctionality in the GNU,maybe except you,it was zpf.

nathaniel - 17 July 2013

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