Makoni wants fresh elections

HARARE - Mavambo Kusile Dawn (MKD) leader Simba Makoni has called for a fresh election in the wake of the disputed re-election of President Robert Mugabe in the just-ended harmonised polls.

In a media briefing at the Media Centre in central Harare yesterday, Makoni, whose party entered into a coalition with outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC just before the July 31 elections, described the elections as peaceful but not free, fair, credible or legitimate.

Makoni, who lost the Makoni Central parliamentary seat to Zanu PF’s Patrick Chinamasa, said his party rejected the results of the election announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) saying they did not reflect the true expression of the free will of the people.

Citing numerous irregularities that characterised special voting for the country’s security forces, printing of ballot papers, establishment of polling stations, the unusually high number of assisted voters and the unavailability of an electronic version of the voters’ roll to candidates, Makoni said the poll was flawed.

He said he was working with Tsvangirai and other national organisations in advocacy activities to mobilise Zimbabweans as well as regional and continental authorities to have the elections nullified.

The former Zanu PF politburo member said Zec acknowledged the irregularities and that an additional 65 polling stations were published on election day in contravention of Section 51 of the Electoral Act which stipulates that they should be publicised three weeks before polling.

“We simply add that the lack of convincing explanations reinforces the absence of integrity and credibility in the electoral process,” Makoni said.

“In light of all the shortcomings and irregularities enumerated above, we reject the results announced by Zec as not free, fair, credible or legitimate.

“The results do not reflect the free expression of the free will of the people of Zimbabwe and in searching for ways out of the crisis that has been exacerbated by the illegitimate elections of July 31, 2013.

“We are working with leaders of other national organisations to establish national and regional consensus on the need for fresh elections, conducted under the conditions that guarantee the exercise of the free will of the sovereign people of Zimbabwe,” said Makoni.

Tsvangirai has since dismissed Mugabe’s win as a “farce” calling it “fraudulent and stolen” and vowed to challenge the result in court as well as submitting a dossier of “all irregularities and all the illegalities” to Sadc.

Makoni also echoed Tsvangirai’s sentiments, calling for an independent forensic audit of the electoral process, its outcomes, especially the voters’ roll and the election materials generated for the elections.

The former Finance minister, who also once served as Sadc executive secretary, also demanded that the final electronic voters’ roll be made available to candidates as well as ensuring that all ballot boxes and polling station reports be secured.

“Notwithstanding the chorus of public congratulations pouring in from around us, we trust that the essence of the preliminary reports by both Sadc and the AU elections observer missions have not fallen on deaf ears,” he said.

“We implore and encourage the people of Zimbabwe not to lose faith and hope in their ability and capacity to liberate themselves from fear, from desperation, from despair and from destitution,” he said.

Political parties wishing to challenge the validity of the results of the presidential election have up to tomorrow to lodge their applications with the Constitutional Court in accordance with section 93 of the Constitution which gives seven days after the announcement of the results as the period within which to do so.

Meanwhile, the MDC led by Welshman Ncube says while it agrees that Mugabe rigged the election, going to the courts or approaching Sadc and the AU was an exercise in futility.

“In as much as we agree that the mandate to rule that Mugabe is claiming is ill-gotten, seeking recourse at the Con-Court is akin to asking Mugabe to nullify his own victory,” party spokesperson Nhlahla Dube told the Daily News.

“It is a futile exercise because it is the same court that brought us to where we are today in view of the Mawarire (Jealousy) case.”

Dube said his party was “already in the trenches”, reorganising itself for the 2018 general elections.

Comments (29)

Thank you Mr Makoni for the brave statement I just wish we could have more people like you from other parties and civic organizations.That is the only way to fight the dictator at the moment.

chimwango - 9 August 2013

Thank you Mr Makoni for the brave statement I just wish we could have more people like you from other parties and civic organizations.That is the only way to fight the dictator at the moment.

chimwango - 9 August 2013

Thank you Mr Makoni for the brave statement I just wish we could have more people like you from other parties and civic organizations.That is the only way to fight the dictator at the moment.

chimwango - 9 August 2013

Makoni is just a loser, trying to prop himself in all angles ngaatibvire, he would not win anything in his own capacity

Zimbad - 9 August 2013

asi ndiri munhu ari 100% new gvt and victim of murambatsvina and poverty.Saka panenyaya yangu ndinoda kubvunza Vabiti,chamisa,matienga nevamwe vaka kunda musarudzo vari vemdc kuti mashinga here kuda kubatana mugvt nevanhu ava vakambira pachena zuva rakacheka nyika.Rambai kubatana nevahu ava moramba muri paopposition penyu muchapinda chete uyu mhuri yezimbabwe iriko kumashure kwenyu nekuti 100% waka bira saka mukawajoina nekutyahnamo hapana zvamaita koo veruzhinji vakazi free primary education,openning of all industries, riviving of the railways building of better houses to all rural communities, up liftment of life for all saka varume fungai mu saendese tuma CV twenyu imwi bwende dzavahnu yanoda kubva mdc T ngavabvabve zvavo kana nyaya yerigging isina kuaddreswa zvakanaka varume mukajoina gvt mapanduka munofanirwa kuto wirirana ne vahnu vese kusvika kumabranches nekuti chokwadi takashatirwa hadidi umbimbi ndogo hwe kuda kujoina gvt isu taka birwa zvakataura pm kut null and void ndizvozvo saruzdo hatina kiitambira pamwe nevakavhota

dofo - 9 August 2013

asi ndiri munhu ari 100% new gvt and victim of murambatsvina and poverty.Saka panenyaya yangu ndinoda kubvunza Vabiti,chamisa,matienga nevamwe vaka kunda musarudzo vari vemdc kuti mashinga here kuda kubatana mugvt nevanhu ava vakambira pachena zuva rakacheka nyika.Rambai kubatana nevahu ava moramba muri paopposition penyu muchapinda chete uyu mhuri yezimbabwe iriko kumashure kwenyu nekuti 100% waka bira saka mukawajoina nekutyahnamo hapana zvamaita koo veruzhinji vakazi free primary education,openning of all industries, riviving of the railways building of better houses to all rural communities, up liftment of life for all saka varume fungai mu saendese tuma CV twenyu imwi bwende dzavahnu yanoda kubva mdc T ngavabvabve zvavo kana nyaya yerigging isina kuaddreswa zvakanaka varume mukajoina gvt mapanduka munofanirwa kuto wirirana ne vahnu vese kusvika kumabranches nekuti chokwadi takashatirwa hadidi umbimbi ndogo hwe kuda kujoina gvt isu taka birwa zvakataura pm kut null and void ndizvozvo saruzdo hatina kiitambira pamwe nevakavhota

dofo - 9 August 2013

asi ndiri munhu ari 100% new gvt and victim of murambatsvina and poverty.Saka panenyaya yangu ndinoda kubvunza Vabiti,chamisa,matienga nevamwe vaka kunda musarudzo vari vemdc kuti mashinga here kuda kubatana mugvt nevanhu ava vakambira pachena zuva rakacheka nyika.Rambai kubatana nevahu ava moramba muri paopposition penyu muchapinda chete uyu mhuri yezimbabwe iriko kumashure kwenyu nekuti 100% waka bira saka mukawajoina nekutyahnamo hapana zvamaita koo veruzhinji vakazi free primary education,openning of all industries, riviving of the railways building of better houses to all rural communities, up liftment of life for all saka varume fungai mu saendese tuma CV twenyu imwi bwende dzavahnu yanoda kubva mdc T ngavabvabve zvavo kana nyaya yerigging isina kuaddreswa zvakanaka varume mukajoina gvt mapanduka munofanirwa kuto wirirana ne vahnu vese kusvika kumabranches nekuti chokwadi takashatirwa hadidi umbimbi ndogo hwe kuda kujoina gvt isu taka birwa zvakataura pm kut null and void ndizvozvo saruzdo hatina kiitambira pamwe nevakavhota

dofo - 9 August 2013

kkkkkkikikiki, MR Makoni you are a bad loser. Go to your constituents and demand a re-run tione kana uchizo"winner' ikoko. You ill-advised Tsvangison that you command a huge following. There is no any other loss which is humiliating than this. Deep down you and Tsvangirai know the truth. YOU were humbled,massacred,defeated,humiliated, in fact, I am running short of words. Politically, you're a failure, not to mention Tsvangirai who is not only a failure but a disaster. Anyway, try your luck this is a democratic country. But, I would like to warn you against scandalizing our governing and constitutional institutes. You and Tsvangirai you are as good as street-men with no consequence in Zimbabwe body politic. In short, you're as bad as Lindiwe Zulu!

zec vs Tsvangison - 9 August 2013

MDCs would still lose the mock election in a re-run because civilian parties will never ever win against a ZanuPF military dictatorship. I just cannot see how any civilian party can unseat a ZanuPF party which is the army and police and a few civilians. can the politicians in Zimbabwe not see this glaring anomaly of ZanuPF military dictatorship contesting elections against civilian parties?

Chin - 9 August 2013

Simba taura zvoko elections are null and void those who want to join gvt imbwende dzinotya poor vachirasa vahu you must ask the grass roots first other ways next time we wont vote you becose serounded by zunu pf you will no representing us but yourself

D - 9 August 2013

Welshman Ncube still dreams that his MDC party is still a force. I advise him to join forces with MDC-T and the other progressive political organizations and try to get rid of ZANU PF in 2018 as one united force instead of the opposition fighting themselves. Where did the SUVs given to ZANU PF aspiring MP candidates come from?

chipolopolo - 9 August 2013

Makoni we agree with you 100%, we want fresh elections, so all the civic groups and all human rights activists and ordinary Zimbabweans know that a 61% win was exagerrated and it is a fraud. People of Matebeleland were shocked at the theiving of their votes to ZANU PF.People of Matebeleland will never vote for ZANU PF after Gukurahundi, so how did ZANU PF win in Matebeleland?? Makoni we urge you to press hard on your quest to have fresh elections . We were robred of our votes in daylight, right in front of our eyes na Tsuro Magenga ZANU PF ! ! ! ! ! !

Takabirwa Mavotes - 9 August 2013

isu veruzhinji tinoti mdc musaenda chero kuparament kwacho nokuti hapana chinobuda you will be not representing us because what has come out is not the will of the people .If you join this illegitimate government which means you are no longer with the people at heart regai zanu inoti yakawinner itonge time will tell

gidza - 9 August 2013

simba haana plan b, aifunga kuti tsvangirai achawina then be appointed a cabinet minister manje nzvee mahwani dzokera kuna bhobho unokumbira sorry yakasimbqa too much

harare - 9 August 2013

Mr simba murume chaiye anomira panzvimbo yake asingatye. ppl used to view as someone who is level headed but now we are seeing more confusion in u. why didn`t u stand in the presidential race to prove yo ability? hausapoteke

ichokwadi - 9 August 2013

Iwe Simba, wakakurirwa mavotes naSangandira we MDC-T. Does that mean Sangandira also rigged in Makoni Central? No the truth is that you contributed to the defeat of MDC-T by dividing votes. If you add your votes to those of Sangandira, your total votes are more than Chinamasa's. So where is the rigging?? Your greedy for power lost you this seat to ZANU PF. We now expect to hear you claiming that Mugabe is rigging congratulation messages. 'Why is he getting all the messages from SADC countries and we only have one from Botswana"

Commander Guvamatongo - 9 August 2013

My worry is...if the election was rigged..how will the resulatnt goverment be legitimate? Zvinongo netsa so to believe that someone who is at the state house nevana vake are there by fraud!

Ini zvangu - 9 August 2013

Rigging is not as easy as Tsvangirai and the rest of the cry babies which includes Mr Makoni want us to believe – especially under the watchful eye of so many observers and election agents? Zimbabwe it is time to move on Tsvangirai lost this election fair and square. He depended so much on Baba Jukwa and false prophets for advise instead of going to the ground and working hard. By the way I hear his days as leader of the MDC-T are numbered with many within his party believing that he is now a liability. It looks like MDC's surname is about to change. What will it be next time? MDC-Biti or MDC-Khuphe. Tsvangiarai should just call it a day and ask Mugabe for a farm or just go a buy 51% of a foreign owned enterprise before he blows all his money away on amultitude of women!

Mthulisi Moyo - 9 August 2013

vaMakoni kutaura kwakanaka. Ini ndakakuvhoterai pa2008. Asi ndakazoona kuti mairumbidzwa nezvamusiri. Bati renyu rakabuda namavhoti mangani ndisati ndakutsigirai pakuda kwenyu re-run.

mukaka haurungwe - 9 August 2013

vaMakoni kutaura zvokwadi kwakanaka. Ini ndakakuvhoterai pa2008. Asi ndakazoona kuti mairumbidzwa nezvamusiri. Bati renyu rakabuda namavhoti mangani ndisati ndakutsigirai pakuda kwenyu re-run.

mukaka haurungwe - 9 August 2013

say wat eva u want . ini ndinoti this time chematama anyatsoratidzwa kuti mwana mudiki , idununu , chimbwasungata , shallow ,etc . akatozoudzwa nemabritish , australians and saudi africans kuti wabirirwa ramba uti null and void iye ndokuzoti nezwi guru rinoshoshoma "hazviite ! mabirira ! null and void . ' kkkkkkkk .nemanzwi acho ekushandisa akatoudzwa kuti ita null and void .kkkkkk . imi munomboridirei dununu rakadaro kuti ritungamire nyika . rikati fambe fambe romira rozoudzwa nevachena kuti "chikona , right ! ya ya ya chimira ". guys lets be serious . hongu inzara zvayo but zvimwe ngatisvinure . hezvo mazviona , tinokuudzai kuti zanu chiororo imi moti kwedu kuisapota stereki

chakuti - 10 August 2013

This is space for nation building constructive contributions, call it the 'national cockpit'. People like Simba Makoni qualify to contribut e on such space, but not every one . First get intellectually baptised.

Agnes - 10 August 2013

Boniface taura hako shamwari vanhu ava we mdc vane zvese asi wese vaneusimbe musashore munhu one(1) asi vese musatemba veMacourts kana veSEC even any other body asi garai ne vanhu maindividuals pasi umwe neumwe sector by sector palastatal by palastatal village by village zvamaimboita paya pachina uya nhamo Musekiwa akarohwa ne zanu pf akazofira SA.Mari apa dzichishandaka 85% yevanhu vemuzimbabwean iri kwamuri imi veMDC T asi muriku lack strategy chero kubira imi munotadza kubirawo seiko zvinotarisai mhuri yese yezim wanochema nemi mabirisa mai election edu kubva pa 15% of the population to 61% .15% Ndiwo mavhoti chaiwo evanhu vanoda zanu ....... 61% iyoyo ndenyu we MDC T

dofo - 11 August 2013

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everjoy ndhlovu - 15 August 2013

There are truly some rediculous, ZPF biased outrages here. Just because the ZPF and Mugabe got caught with thier pants downaround their old, knobbly knees - they throw barbs at evryone. Except for an African Spring, a revolt and an uprising that will kill more than Gukurahundi, we must fight this "crime" in the court of Public Opinion. Mugabe will die soon, and he knows he failed Zimbabwe miserably!

Chivula Mapoti - 15 August 2013

Who is Makoni?He is a failure with nowhere to run ,what he is doing is dividing MDC T into two.Why did you agree to go to polls if you cant accept defeat.Down with puppets

cobrac - 16 August 2013

It is true if elections are rerun Makoni would gunners 61%. Shame!

dungas - 16 August 2013

It is true if elections are rerun Makoni would gunners 61%. Shame!

dungas - 16 August 2013

ooooooh Makoni is just as stupid and irrelevant as Tsvangirai......is the worst sellout.He should stop wasting Zimbabwe time by his confusion......MUNOPENGA VAMAKONI

Zimbo - 16 August 2013

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