Zanu PF gloats over 'victory'

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF said yesterday they have attained a landslide victory in the 2013 harmonised election and all those who are aggrieved by the results should start approaching the courts for recourse.

Patrick Chinamasa told a press conference held at Zanu PF headquarters in Harare yesterday that a total of 3,9 million took part in the election which he compared to the 1980 election which ushered in Zimbabwe’s independence.

“2,8 million people took part in the 2008 harmonised election,” he said.

“There has never been such a large turnout or mood. By all accounts, the people have spoken,” Chinamasa said.

He also urged MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who has since declared the election “null and void”, to start preparing his case before presenting it to court.

“We have won this election by a landslide and we all know the results because they were pinned on the walls at polling stations,” Chinamasa said. “If there is anybody dissatisfied with what happened, the courts are there. The requirement is that those courts should give their decision expeditiously and Tsvangirai should avail himself to the constitutional provisions. He should start preparing his case if he has any.”

Section 93 of the new Constitution provides that anyone who is aggrieved by election results can take up the matter with the court within seven days after the announcement of results.

If there is no opposition, swearing in of office bearers should be done by the ninth day from the announcement of results.

However, there have been allegations that the Electoral Court which will be handling the poll disputes have been stuffed with people aligned to Zanu PF. New judges were appointed by Mugabe on the eve of the election.

But Chinamasa dismissed the allegations.

“That is rubbish, first of all it is not Zanu PF that appoints judges, it is the role of the Judiciary,” Chinamasa said.

“How do I as the minister of Justice know which judge sits on the bench,” a furious Chinamasa charged.

He instead launched an attack on the MDC which he said only criticised the Judiciary when the ruling was not in their favour.

Chinamasa said his party was satisfied with the manner in which the elections were conducted as well as the recommendations by Sadc and African Union (AU) observers.

He however, expressed dissatisfaction with the manner in which the special vote was conducted.

Chinamasa blamed MDC secretary-general and Finance minister for the chaos that saw at least 29 000 uniformed officers failing to cast their votes.

He also exonerated Zec of any wrongdoing saying; “Any criticism on Zec is unwarranted and has no basis whatsoever because the electoral body was tripartite as its members were drawn from Zanu PF and the two MDC formations.”

He said the problems with Zec were not political but technical.

“The only hiccup with Zec was the special voting and we still have to investigate what happened but my suspicion is there could have been sabotage because the printing companies which won the tender were all government but came under treasury headed by the MDC’s Biti,” he said.

“Biti and I have been having running battles. He has been using treasury to make departments inefficient by denying them funds. If it is not sabotage, its negligence.”

In usual Zanu PF style, Chinamasa also delved into an attack on the Western imposed sanctions, citing them as the reason why Western countries were not allowed to observe the elections.

 

Comments (25)

Chinamasa you have won elections through massive rigging in front of the eyes of the whole world to see. You were given a farm so you rigged elections to please yo boss ! ! ! Chinamasa you are a known ZANU PF staunch supporter and if MDC T goes to court , you are the court, and you will say to MDC T, "Case dismissed" before they even put their case before you.

HOshokosho - 3 August 2013

In 2008 a total of 2.6million voted, now the have increased to 3.9million. The difference gives us additional 1.3million new voters yet Mudede claims 700000 new voters were registered. Don't take for granted the ZPf illegal parallel registration rigging claims unearthed in Hatfields. It was the major highlight of this election rigging plot. Not only did unregistered zpf youths afforded the rare opportunity but they were bussed to vote in areas they don't live in. I have plenty of people whom I know who benefitted from this trick

Chinx - 3 August 2013

MDC why would u embarrass yourselves by ging to the ConCourt? Forget it. All those MDC Councillors, MPs, Senators, etc should be told by the party not to paricipate in this govt. Nobody should associate our Party with these Zanu PF people. Let them fail on their own lest they blame their inadequacies on u. And I bet disaster is looming in the horizon. Give Zanu PF a long rope to hang itself.

Chirandu - 3 August 2013

False victory. Who will recognise such a flawed election? In as much as your rise was flawed Mugabe, Your downfall is also going to be unexpected. Take a leaf from Morsi who claimed to have risen legitimately against ppl wishes but right no is sidelined

Sox - 3 August 2013

ZANU PF victory is short lived as we speak they do not have an answer to problems that we have ,Businesses right now are hoarding goods ,THESE YOUTHS THAT WERE PROMISED JOBS AFTER THIS VOTE ,you are not going to get anything ,THAT $10 you were given to help in this rigging is your LAST PAY you will ever get.MUGABE will rule but with no industry operating ,we are giving this government a few weeks becoz disaster is just around the corner

CASHTALK - 3 August 2013

chinamasa you are a moron you have been an MPby hook and crook, shut the fuck up and rule on your own

garahuro one - 3 August 2013

they not even celebrating their own landslide victory..........did i miss something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all of a sudden the zanu pf regalia is of the streets in a flash. LOL

joe - 3 August 2013

I went to a Zanu pf office in Goromonzi district and watched in horror the despair and lack of joy that most of the ''underpenless youths' displayed after Zpfs win. After selling out their votes for a mere $15 to go and vote in towns, some of them were just strengthening each other but eventually talking how tough the road ahead seems. Above all they looked useless like used condoms and all agreed the situation was not looking bright if not given money for projects. I suppose they were congregated thinking the party would give them jobs and a thank you after winning a zanu lady but I think after returning home they began to realise they had just been used to enrich someones life which at the end of the day wont bring food on their own table. Tough luck. You were stupid from day one ana Cde Dambudzo na Zivo. Stupid dotic mercenaries

Danisa - 3 August 2013

Everybody knows food and jobs came with MRT. Its afools gold to think Zpf is going to improve our lives any better than now. Foolish thinking indeed

Deliwe - 3 August 2013

Robert Mugabe has the power to manipulate state instruments but has no power to change the economy for the better even if the so called sanctions are removed hence he blames everything on sanctions. Tichamama zvichingonzi masanctions uku tichigweshera magaro. This time we wont allow you. You cheated an election to claim you can restore this economy. No excuses. Let the development begin

banga - 3 August 2013

Sore MDShits loosers.All talk of rigging is nonsense and not news at all,you were outwitted and outfoxed by the veteran Revolutionary Leader against a fool called Murgay.AU,SADC,and now the UN have all accepted that the idiot was beaten free and fairly if not squarely.Lick your wounds as Zimbabwe will never be a colony again.You can bark all you like but the train of Liberation roll on.MDShits is now toast just like teteguru UANC.People who sold their soul for a bag of silver and gold.Go hang

mike muchapondwa - 3 August 2013

Listening to Chinamasa's press conference was one of the most tortured experience I have ever had of what he called a press conference. It was merely a propaganda speech. Out of 64 minutes, Chinamasa hallucinated for over 54 minutes, leaving only a few minutes for bored journalists to to ask the basic of questions. It was so sad to have a minister of justice who has no idea what justice is all about. What a pathetic performance. The man had no idea what a press conference was all about. Now Zimbabwe is back to the woods.

Chenjerai Hove - 3 August 2013

Listening to Chinamasa's press conference was one of the most tortured experience I have ever had of what he called a press conference. It was merely a propaganda speech. Out of 64 minutes, Chinamasa hallucinated for over 54 minutes, leaving only a few minutes for bored journalists to to ask the basic of questions. It was so sad to have a minister of justice who has no idea what justice is all about. What a pathetic performance. The man had no idea what a press conference was all about. Now Zimbabwe is back to the woods.

Chenjerai Hove - 3 August 2013

The lack of zeal and excitement in most Zpf supporters over the latest win seem to be sending a message to the old man that you either own up or resign. The Unity Gvt really taught people that many can be achieved through unity than division. Also the unity gvt for once taught people to mind own personal business rather than talk eat politics day in and out. Soon the sanctions rubbish wont be selling. I tell you..

Ranganai - 3 August 2013

@hove. My friend you surprise me. At this day you tell me you still watch Ztv. You want to die early of rage and frustration. Haaaa?

Dum Dube - 3 August 2013

Chinamasa is lying when he says 2.8million people voted in 2008. According to Zec precisely a total of 2,497,265 cast their votes in 2008. Chinamasa is trying to inflate numbers so we wont question the dubious 1.4million first timer voters indication after a seemingly restrictive and a flawed registratiAon and the latest voter slip saga.

Delliwe - 3 August 2013

I suppose we'll now continue hearing the same tune of accusations of sanctions when the Zanu guys don't deliver to the people like they promised

Collin - 4 August 2013

do not participate in the gvt because it's not a gvt at all do not engage in protests because u will endanger pple's lives God be with us all

Goebells - 4 August 2013

I agree with Goebells 1 000 000 000 000%

chimedzanemburungwe - 4 August 2013

chinamasa says 3.9 million participated & ZEC printed plus 8 million ballots now can they account for the 5 million ballot papers. mbavha dzevanhu

charlie - 4 August 2013

Chinamasa is selling the rigging Maths: There was an increase of 1.1 million voters (3.9mn - 2.8mn). The 1.1mn ghosts voted for R.G Mugabe and were then shared among the MDC - T strongholds to eliminate MDC - T constituencies. This number is also roughly equal to the excess of Mugabe's vote over Mr Tsvangirai's vote in the Presidential election. But someone senior in the MDC - T must have seen this coming and alerted others. Are MDC - T leaders not visionary?

Maricho - 4 August 2013

HAVE THE SANCTIONS GONE? WHATS THE NOISE ALL ABOUT? LOSE WITH HONOUR.

GONO - 4 August 2013

in your capacity as who are you asking someone who has contested and won not to participate in government? DID THE MDC T RIG IN BYO , HRE, MUTASA CENTRAL AND DANGAMVURA-CHIKANGA? WE SHOULD MOVE FORWARD AS A NATION. VIVA ECONOMIC EMANCIPATION.

GONO - 4 August 2013

MUNENGE MUNOGONA MATHS STEREKI. PANE MABALLOT PAPERS ARI KUSHAIKWA HERE? PROVIDE THEIR SERIAL NUMBERS ZEC IGOACCOUNTA FOR THEM.

GONO - 4 August 2013

MUNENGE MUNOGONA MATHS STEREKI. PANE MABALLOT PAPERS ARI KUSHAIKWA HERE? PROVIDE THEIR SERIAL NUMBERS ZEC IGOACCOUNTA FOR THEM.

GONO - 4 August 2013

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