It's criminal, says Mugabe

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday admitted that irregularities which have taken place in the ruling party’s Youth League polls bordered on criminality and apologised for the shambolic organisation of the conference.

“I want to apologise for our blunders, there were many blunders in preparing for the youth conference, there were so many blunders, including criminal, in interfering with the rights of youths, to influence their voting,” Mugabe said at the official opening of the Zanu PF Women’s League 6th conference.

He said there were electoral violations, and Zanu PF needed to identify them, weed them out and make everything clear to everyone.

Kudzai Chipanga from Manicaland, and an alleged member of the Joice Mujuru camp, won the big post as deputy secretary for youths, earning himself a position in the politburo, beating Tongai Kasukuwere who was allegedly being backed by the rival Emmerson Mnangagwa camp.

Mugabe said he was counting on maximum control and monitoring of the Women’s League vote.

Officials in the Mnangagwa faction refused to recognise the Youth League polls as legitimate, citing widespread allegations of vote buying. They also accused the Mujuru camp of carrying out a series of kidnappings but police claim no such abductions took place.

They said the election was “clearly skewed” in favour of Mujuru.

Mugabe accused senior officials in his party of using unacceptable means to interfere with the youth vote.

Discontentment spilled out after the Youth League polls as shown by widespread allegations of vote fraud.

Mugabe said after last weekend’s polls claims of electoral irregularities would be investigated.

Speaking largely in Shona, Mugabe pleaded for forgiveness in the shambolic nature of the poll.

Tiregererei isu vakuru pakuronga kwatakaita, hatina kubata zvakanaka musangano wevadiki weYouth League (Please, forgive us the elders for what we did, we did not conduct the elections well enough),” Mugabe admitted.

Zvakazonyanya kukanganiswa ndezvekupindira kwatakaita, zvinonyadzisa varume vakuru vemuPolitburo tichida kuti vataida isu mumwoyo vasarudzwe. Paingova nenzvimbo mbiri benzi.

Dzimwe nguva dai takaregedza vana vachiita, vaigona kubuda ivo vataida tisina tsvina yese iyi.

(The worst was the interference. It is embarrassing that powerful men who sit in the politburo interfered with such activities in order to influence the youths. There were only two positions up for grabs, if we had left the youths to make their choices, perhaps our preferred candidates would have won, we would not have all this filth),” Mugabe said to rapturous applause.

He said it was unacceptable that officials failed to plan for the youth congress, held once every five years, yet senior officials pumped mega bucks into vote buying in order to influence the election outcome.

Ahead of the Women’s League conference, Zanu PF officials have jumped to make the requisite donations and appearing pleased with the handouts, Mugabe warned the women to be wary of manipulation and infiltration.

Hatidi kupindira semapindiriro atakaita kuvana. Kana makapindirwa kare pachenyu, zvamakanzi itai, regedzai (We don’t want interference like what happened in the Youth League vote.

If you have been instructed to vote for anyone, don’t do it),” Mugabe said.

Comments (9)

The chickens are coming home to roost mr president.

ktm - 15 August 2014

Now it's your turn in your own backyard Mr. President. You trained them to steel& now they are doing it in style but in your presence. You can't beat them.

umbavha hurwadza - 15 August 2014

"We made blunders when preparing for the youth conference and very many, many blunders, some of them criminal blunders, in interfering with the rights of members of the youth league to make their own choice of who they preferred to lead them," Mugabe said. Mugabe can witter all he like about rigged Zanu PF elections what most Zimbabweans are really concerned about is rigged national elections. The voters roll will be released and all the detailed of the vote rigging will be thoroughly investigated and made public. All those involved in this treasonous act will be punished regardless of the office they have held in the nation!

Wilbert Mukori - 15 August 2014

we DONT EAT yo lies mr presendent, ALL we WANT are national elections under a new ZEC CHETE!!!

changu - 15 August 2014

Very good Mr Mugabe now start apologising for all the elections you stole, ruining our economy, scattering our people to the 4 corners of the world, the massacre in Matabeleland etc etc etc etc etc ...........etc ect

saundy - 15 August 2014

So. so . so confused is this chidara He is a criminal himself after rigging last year 's election. Your commanders threatened that they will no salute any one other you in an invent that zanu losses the elections Why did you not tell those thugs pretending to commanders of our soldiers that it was criminal to speak like that . why did you send you soldiers to intimidate villagers in rural areas .

Diibulaanyika - 15 August 2014

Rigger Robert, You should know what's good for the goose is good for the gander. I am one of those who wanted you out of the picture, but I have since changed my mind, as every day you stay in office, you make such a fool of your self ( Idiot Actually ) exposing who you really are. Day by day, your so called legacy is being eroded and exposing you to what you have all way's been and that is a spoilt brat or more to the point the village idiot. Talk about self distruction, you a good example.

ronaldos - 16 August 2014

The more Mugabe stays in power the better for us all becoz the truth is now coming out not from anybody else but himself. Also just watch the stupid wife (Grace) when she assumes office in the Zanu pf womens league. This is a blessing for us on the progressive side.

Ronaldo - 16 August 2014

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