They want to rig: Tsvangirai

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday raised alarm over the prospect of electoral fraud with observer missions from the African Union (AU) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa).

Luke Tamborinyoka, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, told reporters after a meeting with the two missions that his boss had highlighted his escalating worry over gerrymandering, electoral malpractice, unimplemented reforms which were meant to enhance election credibility, amid growing concerns that the Zimbabwe Election Commission (Zec) will once again botch the July 31 vote.

Tsvangirai told the two missions about Zec’s failure to engage MDC on the printing of ballot papers and other crucial information together with the chaos experienced during two-day special vote and voter registration exercise.

Rita Makarau, the Zec chairperson, said on Wednesday binding and numbering of ballot papers was now underway, adding that the papers had since been disbursed to six provinces while the remainder would be sent out by Saturday.

“The Prime Minister is also worried about the insufficiency of polling stations in urban areas and that some polling stations are stationed on Zanu PF-owned farms, compromising voter freedom,” Tamborinyoka said.

“He also voiced his worry over the Zec secretariat, which is the same secretariat which failed to announce results in time.”

The electoral commission took five weeks to announce the 2008 election results when President Robert Mugabe came second to Tsvangirai in the first round of the presidential race.

But under the new Constitution, Zec is obliged to announce the results of the presidential vote within five days from polling day.

Tsvangirai told the AU and Comesa observers about the lack of implementation of key reforms in the electoral, media and security sectors that were agreed by the unity government partners.

“The Prime Minister discussed the Sadc resolutions which were meant to enhance election credibility, but there is no movement whatsoever in terms of media and security reforms,” Tamborinyoka said.

Sadc’s point man in the Zimbabwe dialogue, South Africa President Jacob Zuma  said in his facilitator’s report tabled before the Maputo summit of regional leaders last month that it would be appropriate and necessary that Mugabe draws the attention of the heads of the security forces, their members, as well as the public of Zimbabwe to the new constitution.

“It is important that this is done publicly so that members of the security forces as well as the public are made aware of these requirements,” Zuma’s report said.

Sadc has deployed over 4 000 observers to Zimbabwe for the make-or-break vote.

“The public media is still biased towards Zanu PF and the security apparatus are still to make a public statement denouncing their allegiance to political parties as directed by Sadc,” Tamborinyoka said.

He spoke as State TV refused to flight Tsvangirai’s paid-for campaign adverts, while giving generous coverage to Mugabe’s campaign rallies and adverts casting aspersions on the MDC leader’s candidacy.

Tsvangirai briefed the observers about the current election environment.

“He also mentioned incidences of intimidation being experienced in Mashonaland provinces,” Tamborinyoka said.

Ambassador Bethuel Kiplagat from Kenya, the head of the Comesa mission, said he could not give the 27-member observer team’s analysis of the election environment as they had just arrived in the country.

“We are here at the moment to touch base with various stakeholders in this,” Kiplagat said.

“We have met Sadc, we have been to the commission (Zec) and met the commission, and we have met the European Union,” Kiplagat said soon after emerging from a closed-door session with Tsvangirai.

“We have come here as part of our programme of monitoring elections, we have monitored 19 elections since 2005, in seven countries of Comesa.”

Kiplagat wished the people of Zimbabwe the best in the upcoming elections, described by analysts as “watershed.”

Comments (29)

This is utter rubbish and nonsensical. This paper never cease to amaze me, is it the funding from westerners that has made you stoop this low.

malema ndizvo - 26 July 2013

OPEN LETTER TO WELSHMAN NCUBE: You my brother are an enemy of the people, because u refuse to compromise on the coalition we suffered during 2008 elections, people lost thier lives, other lost limbs, families were seperated, unemployment and hunger continues, zimbabweans (even ndebeles) continue to be abused and attacked in foreign nations. You abandond us in 2008 and you are doing it now again. the simple actions and decisions taken in ur small office have long reaching ripple effects on the people u claim to love. Devolution is a great idea, but it will arrive faster without Mugabe so do yourself and us a favour. If Zanu Pf wins, ur devolution idea will remain a dream. i cant believe u are comparing MDC-T to Zanu Pf, where have u been living for the past 33 years? You have instead chosen to allign yourself with Dabengwa who has opennly said he supported Simba Makoni only to deny Tsvangirai victory, what is that? the fight is not against Tsvangirai comrades, its against Zanu Pf first. As it stands ryt now any vote for you as president only serves as a message from matebeland people, whose plight we are all aware of. these votes serve no collective national purpose and every vote for u is effectively another Zanu PF vote. Please give us rest, progress, peace, freedom, respect, God knows we have suffered enough. All i hear from Tsvangirai rally speeches is, "the door is still open" from yours i hear, " never, our differences are too great, espcially on violence". Which violence, ur excuses are shallow and to me look like you are grasping for thin air. Your overgrown EGO is now our latest national problem. I understand you are very learned but apa we dont need a "neo-marxist theory" we need plain "love for the nation theory". If mugabe wins, i will always remember you as the man who handed him the victory and denied Zimbabwe true freedom. Proffessor before you ask to deliver change, understand that change begins with you, you "EGOCENTRIC GOAT"

Inmy Opinion - 26 July 2013

Getting money from China, DRC, etc is not foreign sponsorship? Vakomana, even kuenda kunze kwenyika kundopombwa mweya muganda to appear young? Sending children to SA on scholarship while local students suffer. Kusonesa regalia kuChina.. All in the name of INDIGENIZATION... masimba kuvanhu? vapi? Even kuenda kuMalaysia/Singapore kundomirira announcement yema Results?

Ah!!!! - 26 July 2013

tsvangirai z alwaes lookng 4 an xcuse ds shows hez a coward i wldnt want any1 lyk hm 2 b my president ds z e kinda typ dat runs away in tyms of hardshp wen we nd hm e most.on ds election i wl go fr MR RG MUGABE becoz hez a lot of thngz dat morgay aint thngz like wise,strong,he wl nvr sel hz soul 4 a dolar sign,hez g@ a bck bone.Chek out hez rally being held in gweru ryt nw.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=344131475720404&set=a.337976563002562.1073741826.337936363006582&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

WINSTON - 26 July 2013

@Inmy Opinion If you want the MDC-T to win, you have to win the electorate's heart ntstart this blame game before even the election on the 31st. The saw called village politician has a right to contest if he aspires to be president. The MDC-T should concentrate on convincing Zanu PF supporters to vote for MRT not to be handed WN's 'village supporters'. We don't want another one party state

QMH - 26 July 2013

SAVE musatya. We will defend the vote even with our own blood. Let them be warned. These are the undercurrents of change and any threat would not be tolerated.

Nyakuviruka Nyakuviruka - 26 July 2013

IAM REALLY SUPRISED WITH BY OUR EDUCATED MUTAMBARA.HOW CAN IN YOUR NORMAL SENSE SAY THAT," OUR PARTY HAS HUGE DIFFERENCES WITH THE MDC T." DO NOT FORGET THAT YOU ARE BORN FROM THE SAME PART MDC-99. NOW AS MY BROTHER OPENLY EXPRESSED, THERE IS NO NEED FOR TOO MUCH THINKING NOR DO YOU HAVE TO SERCH YOUR LONG TERM MEMORY.ANY VILLAGE BOY WHO NEVER WENT TO SCHOOL CAN SIMPLY UNITE WITH THE HATED BROTHER TO ATTACK AN INTRUDER/ROBBER/THIEF (MUGABE).AFTER THE INTRUDER IS DEFEATED THEN NOW YOU HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON.'YES WE HAVE DONE IT THE THIEF IS GONE (MUGABE).THIS WILL BIND YOU TOGETHER AGAIN FROM YOUR PREVIOUS DIFFERENCES FOR NOW YOU HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON. DO YOU TELL ME THAT YOUR DIFFERENCES WITH TSVANGIRA OUTWEIGH THE DIFFERENCES THE MATION HAS WITH ZANU PF AND THE BIG THIESF (MUGABE).THINK MUTAMBARA THINK. YOUR ARE ON THE VERGE DEGRADING YOUR SELF.

zygote - 26 July 2013

MDC IS THE MAJOR SURNAME THAT HOLD ANY PARTY THAT CLAIM TO BE ORIGINATING FROM MDC 99.THEREFORE YOU HAVE ONE IMPORTANT THING THAT IS TO KILL MUGABE..SAKA MUTAMBARA MUKABVA MAKONANA NOMUKADZI WAKO UKAONA ACHOROHWA HAUPINDIRE HERE? HANDITI UNOMUKA MBINYA CHAIKO.IPAPOZVE NDOPOBVA NYAYA. MOCHIWANA MAGADZIRISIRANO. HAHA MUTAMABARA WAITA DOFO APA.

CHARUMBIRA - 26 July 2013

WHY POLLING OFFICERS ARE DEPLOYED OUT OF THERE WARDS ????????????????????

COJO NELSON - 26 July 2013

WHY POLLING OFFICERS ARE DEPLOYED OUT OF THEIR WARDS?????????????????????????????????????????????????????

COJO NELSON - 26 July 2013

IN reply to WINSTON .PLIZ if you do not have any thing reasonable to say get a video game or something and learn to write proper english next time (1)IN POLITICS you present what you propose as a way forward for the nation not to critisise & what's new that you haven;t heard from MUGABE for the past 33years or l have forgot l am telling someone who is 20years from my jugdement (2)No employment(3)no currency (4)NO industry (5)EDUCATION IS DEAD, PROOF OF THAT IS YOU MY FRIEND . 9

CASHTALK - 26 July 2013

A source explained this trick which has been used before, even in urban centers like Harare South. I though you could just put it out there just incase it happens again. Please don't publish my email, name or anything, I am in Zim. Confirm reciept and whether you get how the rigging plot works. Here is a subtle but effective intimidation technique mooted by ZANU PF. Colleagues in the opposition parties I would like to bring to your attention this subtle but effective method of intimidation called Sabhuku Nevanhu Vake. It will be done in mainly rural constituencies in full view of observers and opposition party agents if they do not pay attention. The ploy is as follows: Headman brings all his people to the polling station, something we all know happen in the rural areas. His people will be served continuously as they would have come together. This process is done so that all people being served in any particular batch are easily identified and their homes are known. Consequently, each Headman has to bring his people; failure to do so is insubordination and has serious consequences. Communication has already been given to the Headman on what to do on Election Day, you can check for yourselves with your own Headman. Some politicians have taken this as ZANU mobilising its troops to vote but there is a catch.

Samson - 26 July 2013

On polling day, first five or so people to cast the vote will possess duplicate unofficial ballot papers. They will go through the vetting process and get inked etc. They will spoil the fake ballot papers and through them in the ballot box. They will then take the genuine ballot papers outside the polling station back to the queue of voters. Why do they spoil? The ballots have to be accounted for in the end. Attention is never given to spoilt ballots (no one checks authenticity as there is no party to gain so they do not scrutinise them). By spoiling it raises not alarm as the ballot reconciliation will still work and all parties will sign off. Now having smuggled genuine ballot papers outside the polling station, here is what they will do with them. They will mark the smuggled ballot papers for ZANU PF (vote ZANU Councillor, MP and President) and give those next on the queue. Remember we said first five, this is so that the ballot exchange does not happen in the polling station but further away where no one is seeing or monitoring. In most cases queues will be 20 meters or more from view of observers and polling agents, everyone tends to be so focused on the ZEC process rather than the queue which is left to the ZRP. Remember that some of the ZRP officer is just constabulary, who will also be aligned to the scheme. Even if they are not, it's not a crime to talk to other colleagues on the queues. On receipt of the genuine marked (ZANU) smuggled ballot papers, everyone who receives these ballot papers is supposed to cast the pre-marked ballot paper and retain the blank official ones. After casting your vote one should give the blank ballot to the coordinator who verifies that it's clean, marks it for ZANU and give those next on the queue.

Samson - 26 July 2013

This process is observed by the organising ZANU gang outside who will check if there is anyone who has not returned ballots or who has marked any ballots. This will continue until all people have voted for ZANU PF. Sometimes they will be done for a few hours and move to another polling station if they see people have become suspicious or someone raises alarm. This is an effective intimidation process which yield results on the polling day. All what citizens should do is to be vigilant, please report the matter to the police. If you are really scared of doing anything, please get into the voting booth and spoil the vote. How do you spoil a vote? Just put a mark on MDC or any other party on your ZANU pre-marked ballot paper that way it won't count.

Samson - 26 July 2013

Samson, you are either genius or a prophet. that process seems solid fool proof. but, how can we stop it? remember, the people doing this might all be from the same group tipped to do the same especially to old folks who cannot read or write.

silvanos - 26 July 2013

Inmy Opinion Your understanding of politics and democracy seems to be stunted. Everyone has a right to decide their own destiny, and vote for a leader that they believe will deliver that dream to them. If I believe that Tsvangson will not deliver the Zimbabwe I want to see after RGM and his ZPF party, I then have the right to choose an alternative leader. What is the problem with that. Your political blinkers makes you fail to apportion blame where it lies. Tsvangson knew as early as 2008, when he basically told Welshman that a coalition was not possible until they saw what the other brought to the table, that he would need Welsh. Instead of respecting Welsh's constituency and trying to build the divide between the 2 parties, Tsvangson went out on a mission to DESTROY Welshman. He bribed Welsh's MPs with donor money to join him at the feeding trough. He went around denigrating Welsh, calling him a village politician and the like, while at the same time he was praising Robati and telling the world that they are working well together. Even after SADC declared Welsh to be the contact person when it comes to the MDC Tsvangson ganged up with AGO and RGM to deny Welsh his place on the assertion that the courts were yet to decide, which they havent done till now. Now that RGM has left Tsvangson in a lurch thats when he starts thinking of Welsh. Given the above scenario who would you think shut the door to a coalition between Welsh and Tsvangson. Its apparent to all and sundry that Tsvangson was working on the assumption that since he bought the MPs from Welsh, then he is weakened. Its only his donors that started raising the issue of a coalition now, otherwise Tsvangson does not like the idea at all as he believes in humbimbindoga, opting to surround himself with funny characters like Theresa and his Kitchen Cabinet. He fears anybody with strong will and discipline near him.

tsoka - 26 July 2013

I fully concur with the chap who feels that Welshman Ncube should put Zimbabwe first rather than dwell on trivialities. He is actually shooting himself by siding with the very people who committed genocide in Matebeleland. He teamed up with Makoni to obstruct MT from clinching the Presidency in 2008 & he is at it again this time. Plz reexamine your conscience & do the honourable thing by withdrawing your candidature.

Chief Philip Charumbira - 26 July 2013

I fully concur with the chap who feels that Welshman Ncube should put Zimbabwe first rather than dwell on trivialities. He is actually shooting himself by siding with the very people who committed genocide in Matebeleland. He teamed up with Makoni to obstruct MT from clinching the Presidency in 2008 & he is at it again this time. Plz reexamine your conscience & do the honourable thing by withdrawing your candidature.

Chief Philip Charumbira - 26 July 2013

I fully concur with the chap who feels that Welshman Ncube should put Zimbabwe first rather than dwell on trivialities. He is actually shooting himself by siding with the very people who committed genocide in Matebeleland. He teamed up with Makoni to obstruct MT from clinching the Presidency in 2008 & he is at it again this time. Plz reexamine your conscience & do the honourable thing by withdrawing your candidature.

Chief Philip Charumbira - 26 July 2013

It is clear there has been no improvement in media control. Just read this article- no need frorv further comment

John - 27 July 2013

Crying for joint ventures. So who will be the head the professor, the "O" level made leader or the veterinary freedom fighter? Some people have gone complete crazy!

dungas - 28 July 2013

Samson - You take Zimbabweans for granted. redo your home work.

dungas - 28 July 2013

Tokng abt rigng n forcing pipo 2 rallys u must b made.r u also tryng 2 sae sm1 can b forced to pimp his car 4 ZANU?.Follow ds link n c fr yrself

tanaka - 29 July 2013

all of yous must wake up and not be dimwits. vote for tsvangirai becaz welshman is there to split the votes

thewatcher - 30 July 2013

BITI and the MDC think thet for the alections to be judged free and fair and sustainable,they should be won by the MDC and observed by the west.to hell with these puppets

Runako Shona - 31 July 2013

even Tsvangirai now believes indigenisation is the way to go.His masters have told him to admit that this is a very important way to go.The British gvt is slowly coming to terms with the fact that this was an inevitable policy

TENDAI - 31 July 2013

Bhora ramwa

Runako Shona - 31 July 2013

kana uchirwa nemunhu ukaona avekuchema chema kureva kuti wamubata panokuvadza bhora mugedhi tsvangirai ave kutya , enda unorima kubuhera ngochani unoda kutinyangadzira rudzi futi dain waenda kuri kuBritian fuza remunhu

BOB - 31 July 2013

Its you Mr Prime Minister who wants to rig. Full Stop.

RUMBIE MONDY - 1 August 2013

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