Tsvangirai fights back

HARARE - Former Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai is set to address a rally at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare on Saturday with the MDC claiming that their leader will reveal to supporters how the July 31 polls were “stolen.”

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) announced that President Robert Mugabe had won 61 percent of the presidential vote while his Zanu PF won by a two thirds majority in Parliament but the MDC immediately described the election as a farce claiming Zanu PF had rigged.

The rally dubbed What Happened? will also be used to commemorate the party’s 14th anniversary.  The MDC turns 14 on Wednesday.

Tsvangirai’s party is still devastated after losing the July 31 elections. The party’s national organising secretary, Nelson Chamisa told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday that Tsvangirai will provide answers to how Zanu PF “rigged” the elections.

Sadc has since endorsed the election result as “free, peaceful and generally credible.”

Last week, the MDC claimed that a Sadc report on the July 31 election presented by Tanzania’s foreign minister Bernard Membe was false.

Political analysts like Trevor Maisiri said the endorsement of the election by Sadc sounded a death knell on the MDC’s hope of securing any help from the regional body.

Said Chamisa: “We will hold a rally to commemorate our 14th anniversary and come up with a way forward. We did a forensic report and it has damning discoveries which we want to share with the whole country at Sakubva Stadium on Saturday.”

The party which has presented the biggest challenge for Zanu PF had prior to the election raised issues of the electoral irregularities which included; the failure of political parties to access an electronic and hard copy of the voters’ roll.

Local observers under the umbrella of Zimbabwe Election Support Network say that close to one million people in urban areas failed to cast their votes after they were turned away for not being registered as voters and several other reasons.

In rural areas, however at least 90 percent of registered voters managed to cast their votes on election day amidst concerns of the very high number of assisted voters.

A local research organisation Research Advocacy Unit (RAU) also said that there were at least one million people who were either deceased or had left the country who appeared on the voters’ roll.

Rau also stated that close to a million people between the ages of 18 and 30 had failed to register as voters yet the youth constitutes 60 percent of the country’s population.

The organisation also revealed how in some areas the number of registered voters did not tally with the population of the people according to a census conducted last year.

But political analysts on one hand say the MDC, which has its roots in the labour movement, lost the election because they lost touch with their supporters who mainly consist of the poor working class.

Leader of the International Socialist Organisation in Zimbabwe Munyaradzi Gwisai says the party lost because Tsvangirai failed to listen to people who were advocating for the NO vote during the referendum because Mugabe was using it as a dress rehearsal.

“As Tsvangirai and his ministers were busy telling the world that they were lucky to be Mugabe’s apprentices, war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda camped for a year in Masvingo terrorising villagers.

“Then the MDC made a huge blunder in pushing forward ward-based polling and counting of ballots,” Gwisai was quoted as having said by the local media.

Gwisai who  once represented the MDC as a member of Parliament for Highfield added that; “This exposed rural opposition voters to intimidation. With no protection from the MDC and with memories of the terror of June 2008, many rural people voted for their security.

Comments (30)

Analysts? Zimbabwean analysts my foot. Madhodhi chete.

Mhofu - 8 September 2013

we will fight back

Abacus - 8 September 2013

This is a classical case of closing the gate after the horse has bolted. The MDC-T should concentrate on reforming the party's ramshackle leadership. Whatever the once upon time Prime Minister Tsvangirai is a lame duck party leader. Arikugamina (he is limping).

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 8 September 2013

Tsvangirai wakaenda ku London muna July 2009 uchida kutaurira vanhu vari ku diaspora kuti dzokai kumusha zvinhu zvese zvanaka vanhu vakakuita boo iwe ukasiya musangano uchiti gara makadaro iwe ndiwe unoziva. Zvino wave papi? Waifamba pasi rose ichit iwe musashore Mugabe, mave kunzwanana zvinhu zvachinja, Mugabe arukuda kubva pa chigaro, zviri zvekunyepa zvemusoro mako chete. Iwe waigoregera ZanuPF ichi rigger iwe wakange urikupi uchiita basa reyi? Unotsikwa konzi ne kadara kavekudakufa wakapusa. Iwe chibva pachigaro hapana chaunoziva. Kubva pa 47% muna 2008 kudonhera pa 34% ndochiyi ichocho? Ukarambira pachigaro next time uchawana 2.68% se ya Welshman Ncube kana 0.74% ya Dumiso Dabengwa. Unoshora kuti Mugabe arikurambira pa chigaro iwe woita wo zvirikuita Mugabe kurambira pachigaro. Chibva hauna chaunoziva. Enda kumusha kwa Humanikwa unorima wakundikana. ZanuPF payaitora mazita ichiti ma signature e sanctions petition wakange usingazvione kuti i dress rehearsal ye ma elections? Wakataurirwa ne zva Jabulani kuti aichisidzira vanhu mumisha asi hapana chawakaita - nhasi wave kutaura nezve rigging - unoti Jabulani aiiteyi? Chi Constitution chawaidada nacho hachina ne basa rese nekuti ZanuPF haitedzere zve ma Constitution. Achadya izvozvo Tsvangirai kusvikira 2018 ichikundwa zvakadaro.

Musona - 8 September 2013

Hie Morgan, you don't need to tell us we know. We know about the abuse of the voetrs roll, we know about the fear factor, we know about voter manipulation by telling villagers, teachers, nurses, headmasters, shpkeepers were told to ask for voting assistance. I actually saw bussed people in Zvishavane who were now stranded after being trucked from Mwenezi to vote in Zvisahavane. The zanupf candidate cried uncontrollably when told she had won, she did not expect a vote. In beitbridge a polling station my friedn counted 1000 voters but figures later released from it was 4000. So we know no need to rally us unotiurayisa because vanoda kuviga humbavha hwavo.

maita - 8 September 2013

Musona 47% was relative to the votes counted then, 34% was for the current votes and numbers are not the same. What happened is Tsvangirayi gained some votes and Mugabe got very many extra votes from nowhere so instead of 3 million who voted 6 million ballots were counted.Kikiki. Even in his home they are five but when they carrryout a vote the baba gets 68 votes against 4 for mom.

maita - 8 September 2013

Musona 47% was relative to the votes counted then, 34% was for the current votes and numbers are not the same. What happened is Tsvangirayi gained some votes and Mugabe got very many extra votes from nowhere so instead of 3 million who voted 6 million ballots were counted.Kikiki. Even in his home they are five but when they carrryout a vote the baba gets 68 votes against 4 for mom.

maita - 8 September 2013

Gentlemen ,we can debate about figures and go to rallies that is not going to solve this problem.RIGGING happened and they have taKEN CONTROL of the country but my point is ,THE ECONOMY is going to solve all our concerns becoz as we speak ZANU is clueless on the way forward ,Right now as we speak they have asked for food from NGOs becoz their rural voters are hungry BECOZ,DROUGHT IS IN THE HOUSE .Banks are getting more withdrawals than deposits ,Agriculture they are no harvests even TOBACCO THE OUT PUT IS LOWW.So in all this ZANU is playing a bigger role in destroying it's self so MDC do not waste resources on rallies to explain how we lost just concertrate on grooming leaders and avoid infiltration by the CIO. Let them celebrate figures but the ECONOMY is going to work against their evil plans.

CASHTALK - 9 September 2013

Gentlemen ,we can debate about figures and go to rallies that is not going to solve this problem.RIGGING happened and they have taKEN CONTROL of the country but my point is ,THE ECONOMY is going to solve all our concerns becoz as we speak ZANU is clueless on the way forward ,Right now as we speak they have asked for food from NGOs becoz their rural voters are hungry BECOZ,DROUGHT IS IN THE HOUSE .Banks are getting more withdrawals than deposits ,Agriculture they are no harvests even TOBACCO THE OUT PUT IS LOWW.So in all this ZANU is playing a bigger role in destroying it's self so MDC do not waste resources on rallies to explain how we lost just concertrate on grooming leaders and avoid infiltration by the CIO. Let them celebrate figures but the ECONOMY is going to work against their evil plans.

CASHTALK - 9 September 2013

Sure there was no voting by the rural folk, vanhu vakanga vanzwa nekuvhundutsirwa nemasoja kuruzevha, saka vanhu havana kuvoter kusarudza mutungamiri, asi kuti they voted to prevent war and terror as was being preached by soldeirs during the campaign period. anamai nanababa vakanga vanzwa nekuvhundutsirwa. so there was no free election nekuti a lot of fear was instilled in the people. other wise people voted to be free from terror

Pangupangu Maidei - 9 September 2013

Former Prime Minister. I am a staunch MDC-T supporter and your die-hard sympathiser. Following your shortcomings as reflected by how you were outfoxed by Mugabe at the recent election, i strongly feel that if you have Zimbabwe at heart, the only service you would do the mourning nation is to surprise them with your immediate resignation at the Mutare 'What happened' rally coming Saturday.

simion Musodzi - 9 September 2013

lets see what will come from this dubious elephant womb, since it fell pregnant.we feel delayed with these pple.give the promise u made

togi - 9 September 2013

Waste of effort. Why is the evidence available at a rally, and is not available via the proper court process? As long as MDC things that it is impossible to Zimbabweans to reject them in a free and fair process, they will continue to lose elections. They should stop blaming everyone else for the loss.

Alex - 9 September 2013

No more stories guyz! RGM should announce a CABINET that delivers. He declared himself winner so he should just announce his cabinet and commence work. We are sick and tired of this rhetoric from this OLD MADALA, who cannot even empower his tried and tested subordinates to run the country. He thinks that he is the ONLY ONE born to run this country! He forgets that AGE has caught up with him. Poor Old man.

KUDADA - 9 September 2013

It is important as a party that an explanation is made by the party to its supporters. That is democracy. Those who make noises about the strategy are not MDC T people.The party was naive in many instances but what I know is that it is preparing for a better Zimbabwe. Zanu rigged the election that is a fact. The are getting protection from the courts to which some are asking MDC to appeal to. ZEC are part of the charade. As rightly pointed out, the economy is objective, the right formulas must be implemented for it to grow for the benefit of its citizens. It cannot be rigged. Mbavha dzinoba, dzinechibhinya, hapana chekupururudza nokuti zvose zvavapachena. Mugabe haasi kurara. Wakazvipa nhamo ichamuendesa muguva. Arikurumwa nechekuchera.

Mavara Azarevhu - 9 September 2013

The voters roll is the secret weapon. Where on earth did Mbare get 14000 Zanupf supporters? Zvekunyepa zvegazvega. kana Epwoth yema Mosken yakazo voter Zanupf kupi.

Mukorekore - 9 September 2013

you were fast asleep for 5 years. you deserve to lose

hilton - 9 September 2013

If Mugabe never rigged would have put the gvt in place by appointing ministers but bcoz it came as a surprise as he was not sure of his part s rigging mechanism he is yet to have ministers he was actually prepapering to go and what ever he is going to do now is not work for this country economically and now all the lies he had been saying are going to come out the pig is going to fry itself in fats on the otherhand mdc does not have youthwing which can protect its supporters from intimidation it does not exist at all

Diibulaanyika - 9 September 2013

Is this Fighting Back?How because there will be no new elections in Sakubva-Mutare so what exactly is Tsvangirai fighting back? The person who chose this Headline -Tsvangirai Fights Back and Tsvangirai wacho are Idiots bcoz they don't know what fighting back is all about.

Hapaz Hapanyengwi - 9 September 2013

It is interesting to see any idiot calliing other people idiot especial idiot Hapaz because he does not understand how Tswangirai is fighting this guy must be of the asissted voters .

Dibulaanyika - 9 September 2013

i ndatya

kurukudyu - 9 September 2013

ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your family. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are making money without politics. See how this Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accident cars, Very interesting. Go to (USED.CO) not dot com, to see the methods and companies she was using to do it (USED.CO) not dot com, it is a very simple idea but a very powerful One, Wake up Africans

Vada - 10 September 2013

Havakomana Rally yei futi, kuda kutanda nyadzi nekubata vanhu kumeso, 'What happened' Where were you, when it happened, it happening right in your face shows your inferiority in avoiding it from happening. Then what, yah taziva what happened, we already know will it make a difference nekuti zvataurwa naTsvanCry or Mbiti its all over. Leave us alone you are just trying to potray urself good b4 people after all u were like a spoiled brat in Mugabe's puppetship, leave us alone. Instead of a rally do a party conference and map the party's way forward. WAKATAMBISA SUPPORT YEVANHU!!!!!!!!! People go and do ur business than having ur time wasted uchitsva nezuva mahara. WAKATAMBISA SUPPORT YEDU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

siyana nazvo - 10 September 2013

My advice Save is makakundwa negamba regai vatauri vozoti Mugabe igamba TSVANGIRAYI chigamba. Zvino pamunoenda kumarally kana kumameeting mufambe nemudzimai nda pamunenge muchiti pasi neZanu pf Kennedy anenge ari busy nemudzimai. Siyai zvenyika izvi hazvidi madofo

richard morgan handitonge - 10 September 2013

Cash talk you are right!!!

IVHU KUVHU - 10 September 2013

Zvirinane Tsvangirai i dofo rinofa raedza. Handizivi kuti ma Zimbabweans Misoro yedu yakaita sei tinongoita kunge tumbwa tunofamba miswe iripakati pemakumbo nekutya. We cannot discuss politics muma bhazi muma streets nekuti ma CI0 ari everywhere you have to watch kuti urikutaura nani. Then we call that freedom. Tsvangirai idofo zvaro but for past 14 years he stood up and challenged the old man.

Kuhudzai - 10 September 2013

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE NOT BLAME TSVANGIRAI FOR WHAT ZANU PF DID. This is the same spirit that got liberated 80 years later. This spirit of blame without solution. As Kuhudzai said dofo rinofa raedza is better. TSVANGIRAI WE LOVE U

Vincent - 12 September 2013

Whatever you say or do to discredit ZANU wont work,Teaboy will never rule Zim neither MDC a puppet 0f the west

cobra - 15 September 2013

I doubt if it is the opposition that can address our economic problems , but rather it should be those in power now.We need to make a research of how problems have been addressed world over . My suggestion is that our current President and party should address our economic and social problems , why do we wait for elections to get food , job, etc and hope that elections solve problems .Lets deal with our economic problems now.

raster - 28 March 2017

I doubt if it is the opposition that can address our economic problems , but rather it should be those in power now.We need to make a research of how problems have been addressed world over . My suggestion is that our current President and party should address our economic and social problems , why do we wait for elections to get food , job, etc and hope that elections solve problems .Lets deal with our economic problems now.

raster - 28 March 2017

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