Election integrity disputable

HARARE - The MDC is aware that the just-ended elections were neither fair nor free in the strictest definition of the terms and as such the outcome is not a legitimate one.

That the elections were rigged is not debatable, it is a fact.

The glaring inconsistencies in the process leading up to and during the election make it impossible to absolve the Zimbabwe Election Commision (Zec) or to refrain from calling the credibility of the election outcome to question.

These inconsistencies include the failure to provide the voters’ roll until voting had commenced, the printing of duplicate ballot papers, disqualification of our rural council candidates among other breaches which culminated in incidences of multiple double voting and busing of voters.

While all this glaring failure of the electoral process is real, the party having considered all available options has opted to refrain from taking the disputes to court.

The futility of going to the courts must be read with the Jealousy Mbizvo Mawarire Constitutional Court ruling, which led to the frog-marching of Zimbabweans into an election for which Zec were ill-prepared to run.

It is therefore, our well considered view that taking this matter to court will be akin to going to Robert Mugabe and asking him to reverse his “victory”.

The party has further discounted the option of taking the dispute to the regional and continental organs principally Sadc and AU.

These institutions have already made known their views about the process and outcome of the election.

That they have already pronounced satisfaction with both the process and outcome of the elections signifies the futility of taking that course of action with any hope of a positive intervention.

In 2008, our party went into a negotiated process and in doing that our sole and primal interests were to save Zimbabwe from burning at the hands of Zanu PF.

Sadly, we ended up saving Zanu PF who have turned around and sunk their teeth into the hand that pulled both them and Zimbabwe from the precipice.

We do not regret saving our burning country then.

We, however, will not be helping Zanu PF again in government or indeed any way shape or form this time around.

It is therefore, incumbent upon all of us to accept that the solution to our national political problems will be delivered by us as Zimbabweans facing Mugabe and his party head on and defeating them.

We have come through the fire, learnt lessons through our experiences and we are ready to prove that we are visionaries, builders and the party of the future.

We have taken stock of all that happened and while there are no easy answers, we have resolved to continue the fight for a fully devolved Zimbabwe because we believe that the problems, which we find ourselves in as a country, can only be solved through making a paradigm shift diametrically different to the centralised system of government which landed us where we are today.

We remain absolutely committed to the devolution agenda because for us it is not an election gimmick or slogan but a matter of ideological conviction.

We accept our situation and embrace it as our rite of passage.

There can be no Egypt without a Canaan. It is for us a test of faith in the system we believe in and know that it will be achieved.

As your president I say, “Fear not, I will be with you all the way, I will neither retreat nor surrender.

“Let none of us give up, we will walk hand in hand to the bitter end if need be for our cause is necessary and just. What we stand for is absolutely important.”

Therefore from this day forth we commence re-building on all fronts for the 2018 elections.

We have no privilege of taking a rest. Let us keep the faith, together we will win.

Comments (5)

Kuti Ncube ndokuti TRAITOR!!! Imhuka ipi inonzi Ncube??? Wave kuzosimudza dzoro rako kupwititika zvisina basa nhasi, ibvaa mhani iwee! Uri president wani? You cost every progressive Zimbabwean a chance at change wave kuzotanga kunyora nonsense. Tinyare uri kuzvinzwa? Enda unochera Munda wako wema diamonds wawakapihwa? 2018 kuita seyi? You and all generations after you are cursed. Uchawona rima masikati machena

Oh shame! - 9 August 2013

WELSHMAN ,you are selfish ,powerhungry,traitor and that MDC of yours is the reason we are in this mess.You do not think for the nation you care for yourself .My advise to you is to go back to CIO becoz they are missing your services .That party of yours is now dead and buried we will never be fooled by you a ZANU PF project .WELSHMAN you are a president for fools even if you don't contest in 2018 we don't care.YOU BETRAYED THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE IN 2008 WITH YOUR ROBBOTICS FRIEND MUTAMBARA.

CASHTALK - 9 August 2013

Welshman, you never understood what unity of purpose was. Take cue from ZANU PF.

Tasean - 10 August 2013

some people are just opportunists who do not care how they impact on the lives of people as long as they participate as candidates every five years and feed their families from the benefits thereof, they are satisfied. Ncube knows very well that in 2018 only his family members will vote him but as long he gets some dollars he is happy. People no longer take him serious. All zimbabeans titled ''Proffesor'' should put their hands off our politics you are the worst please try something else. Prof Mutambara, Prof Jonathan Moyo, Prof Ncube etc kkkkk -i reserve my comment.

Timotio - 10 August 2013

Civilians dont care who rules...that much i know ...but the moment when you lose popularity ,jss like this ruling regime ...is when your popularity ....its good to resign ...or lets say to admit FAILURE.....a small country like Zim, You be shocked how much it invest and goes deep in2 Security......shame,Thats what have been done since 1980...this is the reason why you cant remove them by whichever means....and some pple have learnt to be part of them simply because thy found LIFE in it how shameful,my brothers and sisters, What happened on the last elections is jss but emparassing, not because somebody of the majority lost only,but chiefly because we are allowing this ...and this has set a very big compromise to fair and justice practises....they must be kidding...somebody tell me its true?

matryr - 11 August 2013

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