Mbeki queries vote fairness

HARARE - Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, who helped broker Zimbabwe’s fractious coalition government, has questioned the fairness of the July 31 harmonised elections which saw President Robert Mugabe winning by a landslide amid allegations of vote-rigging.

Ironically, Mbeki was accused by MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai of having a soft spot for the 89-year-old Zanu PF leader  during the negotiation phase of the government of national unity in 2008.

Mbeki however, said African nations must respect the rights of Zimbabweans to choose their own leader and to allow the country to come up with its own solutions to its problems.

With South African president Jacob Zuma having already declared the Zimbabwe elections free and fair, Mbeki — who was ousted from power by Zuma — told a lecture series at the University of South Africa in Pretoria on Monday night, that although Zimbabweans must determine their destiny, it was crucial to look at concerns raised by the African Union (AU) observer mission to determine the fairness of the vote.

Internationally, discord is growing, with Sadc member states sharply divided while Western countries have condemned Mugabe’s re-election, with some calling for a fresh vote.

With Zuma and Sadc Troika chairman Jakaya Kikwete having congratulated the winner Mugabe, Botswana on Monday called for an independent audit of Zimbabwe’s disputed vote, saying the elections could not be considered acceptably free and fair in the regional southern African community.

Mbeki also joined the growing chorus not to whitewash concerns raised by the AU.

“You have seen the report by the African Union observers that there were problems that must be addressed,” Mbeki said.

“Sadc has said the elections were free and peaceful but we need to look at the number of things to determine the fairness.”

In its preliminary report released last week, the AU raised a litany of concerns with the manner in which the crucial harmonised elections were held.

Among issues raised by the AU were the voters’ rolls which were only availed to contestants a day before polls.

Olusegun Obasanjo, the head of the AU observer mission, said on Friday that last Wednesday’s elections were “free, honest and credible”.

The continental election observers said there were “grave concerns” about the voters’ roll and there was “no evidence that copies of the critical voters’ roll were made available to candidates.”

The AU also noted several inconsistencies that made the election fall short of international best practices, such as the over printing of the voters’ roll which were 8,7 million, corresponding to 35 percent above the number of registered voters, and an unusually high number of assisted voters.

The AU observer mission chief said the election was fair and free “from the campaigning point of view”.

Obasanjo acknowledged incidents “that could have been avoided and even tended to have breached the law” but added, “All in all, up to the close of the polls, we do not believe that these incidences (incidents) will amount to the result not representing the will of the people.”

Mbeki agreed with the AU observers’ assessment of the polls, saying however that there was need to “look at a number of things to determine the fairness.”

However, Mbeki said Zimbabweans had a right to choose their leaders.

“The people of Zimbabwe have a right to self determination. They have a right to decide what to do with their country and their future,” Mbeki said.

He added: “There has been a worrying thing about the Zimbabwe elections, which is that there has been a very sustained campaign before the elections to discredit them before they happen. You could see it quite clearly.”

Tsvangirai has denounced the election results as “null and void” and is preparing a dossier of evidence that he claims details how Zanu PF rigged the July 31 elections.

Already the MDC has indicated that it will not participate in the forthcoming government arguing doing so is tantamount to endorsing an illegitimate election.

The party has also said it was furnishing the AU and Sadc with evidence of ballot rigging.

Zanu PF is however nonchalant, dismissing the MDC claims of vote-rigging as a case of sour grapes.

Zanu PF chairman Simon Khaya-Moyo has said the people of Zimbabwe have spoken loud and clear.

“In Latin they say ‘vox populi, vox dei’ which means that the voice of the people is the voice of God,” Khaya-Moyo said.

Comments (34)

Khaya Moyo, the Latin does not say the voice of 'forced' people is the voice of God. The voice of the people must be free, unrestrained, no chikiribidi.

Gondobwe - 7 August 2013

Simon Khaya-Moyo you say , "In Latin they say 'vox populi, vox dei,' which means that the voice of the people is the voice of God." Well well , interprating Latin for your own personal satisfaction. God's voice does not rig elections, but the voice of ZANU PF rigs elections.

Plengo - 7 August 2013

Moyo, Please shut your mouth you uneducated piece of shit,what do you about Latin, and the odacity to mention god? If Mugabe's crap had worms you would eat it. This kind of lingo is the only language you people deserve, you realy must think that all the people on this planet is stupid? These election were stolen shut your mouth.

Chilplay - 7 August 2013

Khaya-Moyo ,the voice of the "populi" (people) in Zimbabwe is saying polls were rigged in favour of ZANU PF, so is the voice of God, he is also saying the polls were rigged in favour of ZANU PF by NIKUV and Mudede! ! !

Hume Dhozh Trezh - 7 August 2013

Simon Khaya Moyo, please look for better ways of campaigning for the 'Vice Presidency'. You do not do it by licking Mugabe's a**.

Joachim Mangwazi - 7 August 2013

Simon Khaya Moyo so short and stupid , he is a typical third world scum , good for nothing .

Whyisvm - 7 August 2013

Please Zimbabweans, be positive and forward looking. This continued acrimony over elections must come to an end so that we can move forward in building our country.

Lesley - 8 August 2013

vanhu ve mdc munotaurisa.siyanai na kaya moyo.makaruza chete.

evidence - 8 August 2013

Mr Mbeki's "quiet deplomacy" is the one that put us into this mess. So please shut up and let us Zimboz sort our own problems our own way.

Zvichapera Chete - 8 August 2013

ma hure emu zanu s.k moyo hawunyari shuwa mungafara as if you were fighting another country wen its only tsvangirai who is man enough to stand against mugabe. election were stolen ne mbavha dze zanu. wait and see mugabe is going soon muchapera kuvurayana

khuzo khem - 8 August 2013

Khaya Moyo may God judge you for taking His name in granted. May the anger of God be upon you and your children in the name of Jesus.

Loyd - 8 August 2013

These elections were rigged no doubt about that and we need FRESH BALLOT wherby SADC provides the ALL THE VOTING MATERIALS. Imbwa dze ZANU hadzi nyare that's why i compare them with DOGS because imbwa haina BRAIN ino kwira AMAI VAYO

EARTHQUAKE31JULY - 8 August 2013

Simon Khaya Moyo is short in height and brain, please forgive the IDIOT! ZPF marara akamirira kutakurwa nemota dzemabhini. Stupid people still cling to power and abuse it in the name of soveregnity and freedom liberators. All that does not bring food on the table. You want to restore poverty and suffering to the people of Zimbabwe because of selfishness. Kuenda kwaBOB mapfumo nematemo muchatemana maZANU PF nokuti makafonyoka brain. Kupondana ndiwo mutambo wenyu panzvimbo pekusimudzira nyika. If you thrive on cheating then GOD will punish you ONE day and the DAY shall come! Pasi neZPF naChinoz. Party yembavha; mhondi nemahure vanaGRACE nevamwe vake!!

Matibili Mhondi - 8 August 2013

Let ZPF rig elections and we are all satisfied with these elections and should let them pass. Is ZPF going to rig promises they chanted during the gruelling campaigning period? Imbwa idzi ndipo dzichaona kuti hadzina kungwara. BOB murwere zvake uyu achavasiya vachipondana vana muchapondwa ava. Mwari ndewedu tose saka vose vanofunga kuti vakangwara pamberi pavamwe vachaona muneremangwana kuti huchenjeri hwavo hauna kana nzvimbo pane rino pasi.

ABUSED - 8 August 2013

Please mr editor,we are tired of reading some of the bad speaches, we want stories with good words,zvemavalgur words kana kutukana kwete .

jarbless - 8 August 2013

Please mr editor,we are tired of reading some of the bad speaches, we want stories with good words,zvemavalgur words kana kutukana kwete .

jarbless - 8 August 2013

Your headline is misleading, the clip was on eNCA.COM. daily lies.

reason - 8 August 2013

Moyo i feel so bad when you guys use the name God for your evil doings,, take your time to read this bible verse,,,, (Or if a soul swear, pronouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do good, whatsoever it be that a man shall pronounce with an oath, and it be hid from him; when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty in one of these.) Leviticus 5:4 (KJV)

bingolution - 8 August 2013

@jarbless. if you are tired of reading this you can tune in to herald.

bvekwa henry - 8 August 2013

The God of TB Joshua is watching you Mugabe and your henchmen like the stupid Khaya Moyo.Surely how can cheat like that forcing yourself on people who no longer feel safe with you,shame.

josefa chinotimba - 8 August 2013

Taura hako Jarbless, vanhu ve ZANU imboko, varikuititsamwisa on this platform. Anywre, since when Mbeki started querying mgabe when he is the same moron that protected till tamama so

taurai - 8 August 2013

In Zimbabwe with ZAnu PF rigging starts with Mugabe, corruption with Mugabe, stealing (kupamba zvisiri zvako) with Mugabe, annihilation with him, inhuman with him, nepotism with him ... so where do you think the country is going?

Kule Man - 8 August 2013

Kule Man, it means for you to survive join them and you will not pay rentals, ZESA and water bills. They feed you while you are at your home thru there indigenization and empowerment policies.

Mukuru - 8 August 2013

The statement that, "Already the MDC has indicated that it will not participate in the forthcoming government arguing doing so is tantamount to endorsing an illegitimate election," is misleading. How can MDC participate in a government that it cannot form or has been invited to participate. As winning party its ZANU (PF) that will form the next government of Zimbabwe and has prerogative to invite whosoever they wish. The statement should rather refer to participation in parliament, which is different.

polfmam - 9 August 2013

Polfman Parliament is part of Government,Plz let speak our facts pasina kutukavamwe,to all peace,fairness,truth loving Zimbabweans lets keep on praying for our Country for the will of God to be established,lets be strong come up with a plan B for your family perilous times are upon us

Preacher - 10 August 2013

Its high time Africa wakes up.We can't continue to claim to be independent yet continue to dance to the machinations of the west. If you enter into a race,one has to live with the fact that there will be a winner and a loser.The MDC lost dismally by any standard.Elections were conducted in a transparent manner in the presents of the agents of all the participating political parties.The ballot boxes were transparent as well and all the ballot papers were counted immediately on close of voting at each polling station.All these allegations are totally nonsensical, unfounded and a complete waste of time and money and abuse of not only the judicial system but the democratic process.The people have spoken with a loud voice.They have totally rejected these agents of imperialism and their handlers. The current challenge is only designed to create a sense of instability in an otherwise peace loving country.It is also designed to assist in the justification by the west to maintain the unjust illegal sanctions on the beloved country of Zimbabwe or to influence His Excellence, President Robert Gabriel Mugabe to accommodate this western puppet in the next government so that their western handlers will continue to be briefed on the goings on in government.Morgan is just seeking cheap relevance.If he had won he would have been the one to celebrate.He and his party has been dumped by the people of Zimbabwe for very good reasons.He must respect the will of the people.These are tendencies and symptoms of dictators.Tswangirai is increasingly becoming a national security risk who could easily place thousands of lives of innocent people of Zimbabwe at risk..His actions are meant to assist the perpetuation of the unjust and illegal sanctions on the same people he claims he wants to serve.In short he is increasingly becoming an enemy of the state and the people of Zimbabwe. The earlier he realizes that the better for his battered image

D Chapfika - 11 August 2013

Mugabe, and you Kaya Moyo, you have cursed God by representing him to your scum and rigging trash, definitely time is coming when you will dearly pay for this. I wonder even the women you claim to be your wives were not rigged too.

zanu matomama - 11 August 2013

MDC is being destroyed by people who cannot repect others. Most of the MDC comments are so dirty, so valger that they reveal the insanity that is consitant with homosexuality. This is bad guys at least you can respect yourselves if you cant respect others. We all knew that zanupf was going to win the elections because they had bigger crowds during the campaign. We also knew the verdict because MDC failed to rule in local government despite having the extended period of the GNU. Vote rigging or not MDC need to go back to school for political education and for how to beat a poltical party that has overstayed its welcome. Some of us were at pains not knowing who to vote for between two major fools.

steven m s - 11 August 2013

MDC is being destroyed by people who cannot repect others. Most of the MDC comments are so dirty, so valger that they reveal the insanity that is consistant with homosexuality. This is bad guys, at least you can respect yourselves if you cant respect others. We all knew that zanupf was going to win the elections because they had bigger crowds during the campaign. We also knew the election verdict because MDC failed to rule in local government despite having the extended period of the GNU. Vote rigging or not MDC need to go back to school for political education and for how to beat a political party that has overstayed its welcome. Some of us were at pains not knowing who to vote for between two major fools in the ring. Zimbabwe deserves a change of government after 33years of misrule. ZANUPF does not have to sing a chorus about indegenisation. All they should quitely do is to use the country's abundant wealth to eradicate poverty at household level. The west and their sanctions are nothing compared to the damage caused by corruption to this great nation. Wake-up MDC. Wake-up Zimbabwe and smell the coffee. My prayer is Dear GOD PLEASE INSPIRE A BETTER ALTERNATIVE THAN MDC AND ZANUPF in this land. And give us a no-nonsense Leadership that does not worship the East or the West. Amen

steven m s - 11 August 2013

we are tired of politicians both parties are just cronies and enriching their selves at the expense of us.enough of this nonsense.we need new people in politics who are guided by Christian values and are transparent

mapoliticians rubbish - 12 August 2013

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE MORE VIDEOS THAT WERE SENT TO OUR OFFICE THAT CLEARLY SHOW HOW THEY MANAGED TO STEAL THE ELECTION.WE HAVE SENT COPIES TO THE MDC AND SADC AS CONCERNED ZIMBABWEANS.WE DO NOT WANT THIS GOVERNMENT TO GET AWAY WITH DIRE ACTIVITIES.WE BELIEVE IF THERE IS JUSTICE IN THIS WORLD WE HAVE MADE IT OUT MANDATE TO FIND IT FOR THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE

WEAN - 12 August 2013

If the "people" have spoken loud and clear, why not let them speak again, if you nothing to fear?

PETER - 14 August 2013

Hatingamiriri kufa kweimbwa isu dai irimbudi ikaita nane tinopedzisa todya nyama. Muera mhata uyu aekuzotibhowa ...the will of us is the will of us muchaona izvezvi not kudara... Chitaliban ndicho chanunoda handiti... muchamama. KUshata, kupfupika, zimhanza, zimusoro

Disapointed - 15 August 2013

I am happy coz i have never and will never vote for ZANU (PF) a paRty of thieves muderrers NEVER GORE RINO THEY WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH IT vana veZIMBABWE ARE SAD

FAIRENESS - 15 August 2013

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