I won fairly: Mugabe

HARARE - Zimbabwe's president-elect Robert Mugabe says the just-ended elections “were free and fair”, despite mounting local and international disputes over the poll process and outcome.

In a vintage Heroes Day address yesterday, the Zanu PF leader not only hinted that Western objection to his party’s landslide win and re-election was futile, but it had confirmed that Zimbabwe will never be a colony again.

“Those who were hurt by defeat can go (and) hang if they so wish,” the 89-year-old president-in-waiting told thousands who had gathered at the national shrine for fallen liberation war fighters.

“Never will we go back on our victory,” Mugabe added.

And this was the veteran politician’s first public appearance and address since the July 31 vote — now subject to a vicious court challenge by Morgan Tsvangirai — and in which the Zanu PF leader garnered 61 percent, and his main rival 34 percent according to results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec).

With the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) basing its Friday Constitutional Court application on the basis that the election was “fraudulent and stolen”, the world has been scandalised by a litany of allegations, including a flawed voters’ roll, duplicated names on the voters’ roll, involvement of Israeli company Nikuv International Projects and others.

As such, Tsvangirai is demanding a re-run of the harmonised elections within 60 days, but Mugabe insists there was “no robbery”.

“We won this election in a very peaceful, free and fair manner,” the octogenarian leader said yesterday.
“Whoever is unhappy with the election results should go hang, we don’t care, even the dogs won’t bother to sniff on their dead bodies.

“Now they want to say we were cheated, who cheated you? A thief saying I have been robbed! Where had you gotten the things in the first place,” Mugabe thundered to rapturous applause from the mainly Zanu PF crowd.

“How can you have headaches for losing something that was never yours in the first place? We kept quiet in 2008, but we knew we had been robbed.

“NGOs were pouring in money, but we never said anything, we just said let’s carry on. But after careful analysis, we realised that we had been dining with thieves,” he added.

“Now they are turning to traditional healers, some of those thrown bones will catch them on the wrong side. If you had taken what’s not yours and the owner takes it back, you can’t say you have been cheated.”

And as tensions remain over the election outcome, the main MDC and Welshman Ncube’s smaller faction boycotted Monday’s commemorations, although Arthur Mutambara — leader of another splinter MDC faction –—attended the celebrations.

In his court challenge, Tsvangirai charges the July 31 vote was a “farce” and riddled with irregularities, thus it must be invalidated — a view shared by many local and international monitors, including the Zimbabwe Election Support Network.

According to the independent election observer, over 750 000 urban voters were missing from the voters’ roll while others say many people were forced by Mugabe’s supporters to feign illiteracy, and cast their ballots as assisted voters.

But yesterday, Mugabe insisted Zimbabwe had staged a free, credible and fair contest.

“We are delivering democracy on a platter. We say take it or leave it, but the people have delivered democracy,” he said.

In his now customary broadsides, the Zanu PF leader took a dig at Britain and the United States, saying the latter did not believe his re-election was credible.

While the European Union has also expressed concern over serious and alleged flaws in the voting process, Mugabe said Zimbabweans had demonstrated they could choose “their own leaders” and his emphatic victory was “an assurance that the West has no role in our internal affairs”.

“We voted in line of our desire to pursue democratic governance, which the West has continued to preach to us and now we are saying there it is (democracy), what have you to say?” Mugabe said.

As things stand, the ex-liberation movement’s victory would enable the veteran ruler to continue his socio-economic policies “to improve the people’s living standards”.

However, Mugabe acknowledged the country’s food security was under threat with maize production set to decline by 17 percent — from an initial projection of 964 000 tonnes — and a development blamed on the poor rains in Mashonaland East, Masvingo and Matabeleland in the 2012/2013 agricultural seasons.

As it is, an estimated 1,2 million Zimbabweans are in danger of starvation in the coming months, according to aid agencies.

Even, though, party functionaries blame food shortages on drought, and sanctions, Mugabe’s critics also point out to his seizure of thousands of white-owned farms for redistribution to blacks.

“Due to the illegal economic sanctions... by Britain and her allies, our manufacturing sector continued to exhibit signs of contraction and sluggish production volumes compared to last year,” he said.

“Most companies... down-sized their operations in order to contain costs, while others were forced to shut down due to unsustainable operational costs,” he added.

Comments (29)

I wonder what judge will stand up and rule that there were illegalities in the election when Mugabe threatens like this. I suspect judges are being intimidated to ensure they make the decisions which Mr Mugabe wants them to make. Lawyers know that Mugabe is breaching the law by making such statements on a case which is pending in the highest court of the land. They understand there is a legal term called sub judice. People are not allowed to do a running commentary of a court case in which they are the defendent. Mr Mugabe only respects the law if it favours him. He refused to obey a high court order to run by-elections in several cases in the western provinces, but when the judiciary ruled in favour of an election date which was not feasible, he quickly accepted it in order to ensure the other parties do not have enough time to examine the voters' role. At some point he studied law, but he seems to have no sense of balanced justice.

Chenjerai Hove - 13 August 2013

The reknowed Lord Acton had this to say about justice: JUSTICE IS THE WILL OF THE STRONG. At this point in time Mugabe and ZANU( PF) are strong.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 13 August 2013

Does this old man ever take responsibility? Everyone & everything is to blame but him. The country's food security is under threat because you have no sensible strategy...all your new cellphone farmers are growing tobacco and you are importing food. If you are that loved why refuse a forensic audit and why are all your dealings opaque?

Lt Gen - 13 August 2013

Yes, but Mugabe is a strong liar and thief, so strong that he actually believes himself..

Ray - 13 August 2013

Robert Mugabe is totally insane. He thinks he owns the country. He might hav some education but clearly he is uncivilised.

Chin - 13 August 2013

MUGABE IS THE PROVERBIAL ANTICHRIST. THE BIBLE SAYS HE SHALL STAND AT THE HOLY PLACE, SHOWING HIMSELF TO BE GOD. "And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but shall be broken without hand." DANIEL 8:25 THOSE WITH EARS TO HEAR LET THEM HEAR.

MUGABE IS THE ANTICHRIST - 13 August 2013

Handidi nemashoko angu, mudhara mukuru anozvinyepera kuti anodiwa nevanhu iwe wakabatsirwa ne Nikuv kubirira. Unonyadzisa Zimbabwe mudhara iwe... Pfutseki

MUGABE HAUNYARI - 13 August 2013

Mugabe is a weird mixture of dictate, cunningness, conman, fatalism, paranoia and sees himself on the frontline of a perceived battle against the "New World Order". May be his journey from Jesuit, nationalist liberator, Marxist turned Maoist guerilla again to a radical nationalist explains the multifacetedness which characterise him. Young people in the west don't see him in the same way their parents see him. To them he is just one those "mad men" who won't appreciate the fact that this world is constantly changing is will be more and more of a single village.

Jumper - 13 August 2013

tsvangirai needs to be at his strongest at this time in the face of such trials and tribulations. people of zimbabwe still place their hope for the future in his leadership. read psalms 17:8-9.

lola - 13 August 2013

It is amazing to watch RGM fume and froth at the mouth with such vitriolic lies and pathetic but expected explanations. There is a certain amount of arrogance, and narcissism in his language that always hurt. Mugabe derides the opposition for complaining after he brazenly stole the elections, but when he himself lost and refused to leave office resulting in the GNU, he says he was cheated... I am especially offended by the assertion that Zimbabwe and her people belong to Mugabe, what a shame. I can not even think of ay one leader in the whole world whose entire leadership has been based on blaming others, except him/herself. Never has this coward ever taken responsibility for cultivating a culture of violence, impunity, corruption and nepotism. He has never acknowledged that there other people equally if not more capable of leading Zimbabwe, nor has he reconciled himself with the inevitable fact that his advanced age is a liability and not an assert to the country. If anyone doubts the absolute disdain with which this guy treats Zimabwe, you should look no further than how Mugabe treats and handles his "comrades" when anyone tries to oppose idiotic and stupid ideas from this man, that individual's political career or life at worst is over.

Tino - 13 August 2013

Mugabe doesn't care about the future of this country.We did not vote for him but he voted for us in favour of himself.He can even drag this country to a war with the people for the election he clearly knows that he did not win.Due to his advanced age and health problems he knows he has nothing to loose.Very selfish.He wants to die a leader.

chimwango - 13 August 2013

So Mr. President, why are your shock troops camped outside Harvest house? Why are your supporters harassing the "losers" in Mabre and other places?

Khalid Sheikh Mohamed - 13 August 2013

Not long ago, this old man BOB even conceded that Thabo Mbeki confirmed to him that one of his ministers had asked for a bribe in the order of millions of dollars in order to do some business in Zim. Does it happen anywhere in the outworld that a president concedes that his minister is corrupt but let them off the hook without reprimand? Here is my question to BOB. What happened to that minister? I guess If one confronts BOB with that issue he will tell you that he is not responsible. My foot! All they know is corruption, cheating, looting, killing and lying.

Rev. Com Council - 13 August 2013

Not long ago, this old man BOB even conceded that Thabo Mbeki confirmed to him that one of his ministers had asked for a bribe in the order of millions of dollars in order to do some business in Zim. Does it happen anywhere in the outworld that a president concedes that his minister is corrupt but let them off the hook without reprimand? Here is my question to BOB. What happened to that minister? I guess If one confronts BOB with that issue he will tell you that he is not responsible. My foot! All they know is corruption, cheating, looting, killing and lying.

Rev. Com Council - 13 August 2013

Not long ago, this old man BOB even conceded that Thabo Mbeki confirmed to him that one of his ministers had asked for a bribe in the order of millions of dollars in order to do some business in Zim. Does it happen anywhere in the outworld that a president concedes that his minister is corrupt but let them off the hook without reprimand? Here is my question to BOB. What happened to that minister? I guess If one confronts BOB with that issue he will tell you that he is not responsible. My foot! All they know is corruption, cheating, looting, killing and lying.

Rev. Com Council - 13 August 2013

ONCE A CHEAT ALWAYS A CHEAT. Mugabe crossed into Mozambique with Edgar Tekere and look at how he treated him until his death. No conscience at all. If Mugabe does not CHEAT, he will fall ill.

Taonei Tumbare - 13 August 2013

Kubiridzira kwakafana nekusura pane vanhu. Hapana anobvuma kuti ndini.

Rwendo - 14 August 2013

rwendo wakapenga

chocho - 14 August 2013

Baba Mugabe Ndizvo. Tirikutambura nekuda kwemasanctions akaunzwa naTsvangirai. Tsvangirai aida kuti vanhu titange tarwadziwa kuti tigopandukira ZPF. Is that a good strategy. Oh, anyway it failed. Pamberi neZanu PF ........pamberi (very very loud)

Muchapower - 14 August 2013

Accept defeat and move on. We voted for our President and if voting for Mugabe is cheating then indeed we cheated

bones - 14 August 2013

Anyone who claims to have won, should do so with dignity, which I have perennially failed to notice in Robert. Life is like a wheel and it goes up and down. Lucky Dube wrote a great song that reprimands taking others for granted, yet one meets the same persons going up and the leader going down. Upenyu hahwudi manyawi, nokuti zvinhu zvepano pasi zvinopera, but 'good' character is permanent. Hana ngadzipore maZimbabwe, nokuti Mwari ndewemunhu wose...remember 'mene mene tekel.' Hazvidi manyawi zvokutonga izvi...

nemburungwe - 14 August 2013

So now Mugabe is basically saying Zimbabwe and its people are his personal possessions. what hogwash! The old man has lost it and the longer people let him rule the more he will think that he was born to rule Zimbabwe and that it is birthright! This muskont must go . Period.

Changamire Dombo - 14 August 2013

Who asked you whether you won fairly you CHEAT and THIEF? Wakafanana nembava inoti kana ikaona mupurisa inoti 'vamupurisa hapana chandaba isina kumbobvunzwa.

Tino Tafara - 14 August 2013

Surely mdct people you are very funny. You talk of democracy while on the other hand you dont like it to prevail. If we ZANUPF members who voted for what we want have cheated, well thats fine the courts shall nulify our votes. While we await the court's judgement I dont see the reasons for all those who wrote insults above to do so. Especiallt considering that tsvangirayi is saying he has gathered enough evidence of how the rigging took place, I dont see the logic behind attacking our President calling him names as if he declared himself the winner. I once told you mdct members before elections that the use of foul language will not win you elections, and you thought I was day dreaming. Now you are continuing with your hate language and you think clever Zimbabweans will like mdct because of that? Never!! you are actually pushing the final nail on the coffin of your party. You call the millions who voted for ZANUPF thieves? Are you serious? Well we shall meet after the court's ruling.

Takeiteasy Marcaves - 14 August 2013

Muchapower i think uncle Mugarbbage gave you a farm to plough grass thats why you brain washed.. we all know that Bob is old enough to retire and enjoy his money.. this is not fare

bingolution - 14 August 2013

hey u ple knoe ye that anogadza madzimambo nokuabvisa ndiJehova musamutarisira pasi kufunga kwenyu chero ieye Mugabe ogona kubirira zvembiri ungabirira Mwari here ndiwe aniko unokonesa zano raJehovha

murevi - 14 August 2013

I believe MDC T won the election but the rest is history. All those that are saying zanu won are using their emotion not ration, I can write a book on reasons why this "erection" was a sham, among them frog-marching Zimbabweans and ambushed (rushed) to this erection by zanu and its machinery (mudede, zec, judiciary, chinamasa, Nikuv, etc)? Why was the constitution violated left right and centre? Why numerous sections of the Electoral Act, Broadcasting Act, Presidential Powers among others were violated and abused? Why would zec be so worried about “violated” rights of only 26,00 special votes to the extent of seeking the concourt to allow a second chance for this vote when the same zec had refused millions a fair chance citing "compliance" to the same law? Now that over 300,00 were denided chance to vote why is zec not portioning the concourt to allow these to vote? Is this not the "All animals are equal but other are more equal than others"? This is not about murungu kana kuti America/Europe. I am a professional and a budding entrepreneur and the so called indiginisation is also a farce. Vana vevhu ngatidzidzeyi zvanhasi kuburikidza nezvanezuro kuitira ramangwana (33 years wasted). We learn the present in light of the past for the purpose of the future. Where do you place zanu in this???? For once think about it my fellow Zimbabwean.

Simon - 14 August 2013

WHY SHOULD WE GO HANG IF YOU HAVE WON FAIRLY. WAIT FOR YOU OWN BIASED COURTS TO IN-DOSE YOU Mr. “Never will we go back on our RIGGING,” Mugabe added. SHAME IN YOU GRAND PA. MUSATISIMARA MWEYA WENHIRIZHONGA MUZIMBABWE SE N. AFRICA. VOTES SHOULD BE FREE FROM RIGGING IN WHAT EVER FORM AND VOTE SHOULD CHANGE GOVTS NOT VIOLENCE AND WARS NO. THE WORLD OVER DO NOT RECOGNISE THIS GOVT BY THIEVING.

GO HANG? - 14 August 2013

The consensus is that Mugabe cheated. The million dollar question is as Zimbabweans what are we going to do about it????????????

what should we do - 14 August 2013

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